Shambhala began in 1998 as a grassroots gathering of 500 people on founder Jimmy Bundschuh’s family farm in an evergreen forest beneath breathtaking mountains and has since grown primarily by word-of-mouth. Now entering into its 23rd year, Shambhala is an independent institution with an annual line-up that reads like a mega/big box festival billing—without the corporate sponsorships.
At Shambhala, each stage has managed to dream up a 2020 line-up that each look like a festival in themselves. Not only does each of the six stages stand all year round, growing into the landscape of the Salmo River Ranch, each stage has its very own energy, stage director, production team, sound systems, and curates it’s own line-up. Following the festival’s recent 2020 line-up announcement, organizers have now begun to parse out each stage’s billings to give attendees an idea of which kind of vibe to expect in different parts of the farm.
On the Pagoda stage, Deadmau5 makes his long-awaited debut at Shambhala Music festival under his techno-orientated alias, Testpilot, along with BTSM, Bob Moses, Claptone, Justin Martin, Rezz, Subtronics, Boogie T, Case of the Mondays, Chris Lorenzo, LSDream, Said the Sky, and many more.
Situated in the downtown core at Shambhala, and known for its experimental sounds and wobbly bass, the AMP Stage is attendees’ initial dancefloor offering upon walking into the festival. This year’s AMP lineup encompasses a large range of genres, from hard-hitting bass from ATLiens, Skream, and Space Jesus, to the iconic house sounds of the DirtyBird label to Tipper’s glitchy psychedelic bass. Additional artists featured on the roster include Charlesthefirst, Wajatta, What So Not, Billy Kenny, Justin Jay, and more.
The Living Room Stage is truly a feast for the senses, with spectacular aesthetics in the form of lamps, lights, and lasers found throughout the area for guests to gaze upon, all while enjoying a ‘groove-based’ musical flow provided by a full PK sound system. The Living Room Stage welcomes Tycho to the stage this year, where he will leave guests mesmerized by his musical melodies echoing throughout the beachside. The legendary Greg Wilson makes his Canadian debut with his unique blend of disco, soul, funk, and everything in between. Other artists include Charlesthefirst’s hip-hop side-project Hawk., Jeremy Sole, The Librarian, Boogie T.Rio, Dirtwire, Moontricks and many more.
After sunset, The Grove transforms with full-spectrum Funktion-one sound and state of the art lighting designed to enliven and free the senses. Jamaican-born singer, Masego, will leave all those in his presence transfixed by his smooth jazz-like voice. More artists on the roster include Clozee, Mad Zach, Too Many Zooz, The Librarian, Blockhead, Goopsteppa, and many more.
Shambhala takes place from July 24 through 27 in Salmo, British Columbia. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Shambhala’s website.
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