For the first time in its 14 year history Shambhala has sold out of online tickets in May. All this when locals have just said goodbye to the snow.
“This represents an enormous opportunity for our community,” says Corrine Zawaduk, production manager of Shambhala Music Festival, Canada’s premiere electronic music festival.
“Our economic calculator estimates local spin off benefits of over $11 million for our community. That equals more job opportunities, increased business revenue and a stronger sense of community. It also places the Kootenays on the world stage.”
Shambhala began in Salmo as a riverside party of 500 people back in 1998. Coupled with the rise of the internet and the immense popularity of electronic music, Shambhala positioned itself for a ground swell of popularity.
“We see more than half of our guests now coming from out of province,” Zawaduk continues.
“An entire generation of hip and tech savvy youth are flocking to one of the best electronic parties on the planet. Our talent lineup is exceptional and pulls in some of the biggest names in the business.”
At its peak show time, Shambhala Music Festival will create the largest city in the West Kootenay with a population of over 15,000. That includes guests, talent, volunteers and staff.