Shambhala 2011!

Published on May 31st, 2011

This August, the Salmo River ranch, hidden in the serene Kootenay Mountain valley, will begin its annual transformation from a quiet 500 acre cattle farm to a city of 14,000 party animals. For those who don’t know, Shambhala is Canada’s largest music festival. The festival began in 1998 has featured the gnarliest DJs and performers from around the world. Shambhala, which is a Sanskrit term meaning “place of happiness” was founded privately by the Bundschuh family and has become Canada’s largest music festival, without the help of corporate sponsorship or any large promotional strategies. The popularity and the success of this festival was created solely from word of mouth and the hospitable nature of the people who go there. For five days, all societal preconceptions are dropped and a massive community forms, celebrating a collective love and respect for music, art, nature, humanity….. and bass frequencies that will melt the skin off your face.

For those of you who know Shambhala: let’s share in the excitement of this year’s insane line up. There are over a hundred live performers lined up for 2011, who will all share the six uniquely themed stages. Here is a glimpse at a few of 2011’s performers:

The Village: Flux Pavillion, DJ Fresh, Excision, Doctor P, Datsik, Zion 1, Mimosa, Downlink, Subvert, Smash Gordon, Mark Instict, DJ Nu-Mark, Fat Pat

Pagoda: Skrillex, Siriusmo, Ursula 1000, Deekline, Zeds Dead, Calvertron, All Good Funk Alliance, Discofari, Glitchy & Scratchy, DJ Audit

Fractal Forest: A.Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Mat the Alien, Smalltown DJs, Stanton Warriors, Nick Thayer, Basement Freaks, Bird Peterson, Mooqee, DJ Bryx, Joseph Martin, Pimp Soul, Vinyl Ritchie

The Rock Pit: Bonobo, Foreign Beggars, Malente, Sweatshop Union, The Funk Hunters

Labyrinth: Earthling, Joti Sidhu, Artuto Maia, Domino, Virtual Light, Oka

Living Room: illGates, Fort Knox, ill Esha, Bird of Prey, Lighta, Daega

Not only are the world’s most talented DJ’s performing in one place, but they are performing on the loudest, most powerful sound system, provided by PK Sound. Jeremy Bridge, aka Subvert, is the genius behind PK Sound and its notoriously bass heavy subwoofers. The Village, in particular, holds a 120,000 watt speaker system that is so insane; some DJ’s will produce tracks that are made to be played on the Village system exclusively.

Unfortunately, tickets sold out about a month ago. For those who didn’t get one in time, here is a taste of the madness you are missing out on:

Subvert’s 2010 Shambhala Mix

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Excision’s 2010 Shambhala MIx

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  1. Posted by Micah Arrowsmith on August 9th, 2011, 21:03 [Reply]

    Sunday night, Bassnectar, Flux Pavillion, and Doctor P back-to-back-to-back at the Village. i swear the whole universe heard us, it was the best night of my life! Without a doubt, the best 4 day festival in the world. Seriously, Shamb is worth crossing oceans and deserts (and maybe galaxies)for.


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