The 18th annual Shambhala Music Festival will feature six different stages and over 20 hours of music a day.

Shambhala reaches 18th year

Festival will feature six different stages and more than 20 hours of music a day.

Once the Shambhala Music Festival gets into full swing this August, there will be approximately 20 hours of music a day from familiar acts such as Skrillex and first-timers like Jazzy Jeff, Mix Master Mike and DJ Harvey.

“We’ve got six different stages and each one has great headliners,” said  Shambhala entertainment and digitial media administrator Jake Dubconscious. “We’re feeling incredibly excited about this year. We’re bringing some big-name crowd favourites that people have been screaming for, but we’re also bringing legends who have never been here.”

Dubconscious believes Shambhala has been building an international reputation, and it shows.

“We’re pulling household names, and not just electronic music.”

He said once the full schedule goes up in July, festival-goers will be able to plan their entire concert-watching itinerary in advance.

“You can pick out which sets you want to catch and make your own schedule. You can ever set it up to get notifications and social media alerts when the concert’s happening, so your whole team can posse up and go check it out.”

He said each of the six different stages will have a unique vibe.

At the Fractal Forest stage, the focus will be on funk and break beats.

“It should be full of turntable wizardry, lots of scratching and throw-back party-rocking jams.”

Meanwhile, San Fransisco’s Dirty Bird Records is taking over the Pagoda stage and will present seven acts for nine hours on Friday night.

“They’re a very popular label, and they’ve been pushing the future of house music. It’s got a bass-y, garage influence. It will be straight up house and techno.”

Dubconscious said Dirty Bird Records is an exciting inclusion.

“They were ahead of the game last year, providing the most played track — OKAY by Shiba San. Now we’re bringing the whole crew and you’re likely to hear the track of 2015 coming from them as well.”

At the Village stage, Skrillex will be headlining.

“He’s pretty much the hottest name in electronic dance music. He came in 2011 and hasn’t been back since, basically because he’s become incredibly expensive, but this year we were finally able to make it happen.”

The Amphitheatre is a “bit of a mixed bag”, according to Dubconscious. He said this year it will be primarily trap music.

“It’s very gangster, revolves mostly around the 808 drum machine. The biggest names they’ve got this year are Crnkn and Herobust.”

The Living Room stage will feature DJ Harvey.

“He’s been in the game for a long time, but he doesn’t play festivals or even get out of L.A. much anymore. The stage directors of the Living Room have been trying to get him for years and years,” Subconscious said.

“He’ll be doing an extended four-hour set.”

Last but not least, the Grove will feature trip hop producer Bonobo as a headliner, as well as fan favourite Tipper.

“This is our newest stage, and it’s only at its second in existence. This time around we’re focusing on glitch-hop and psychedelic dub.”

All in all, Dubconscious is convinced the festival, which runs from Aug. 7 to 10, will be one of their best yet.

For more information visit



Just Posted

Abra Brynne wins Kootenay-Columbia Green Party nomination

Brynne is one of three candidates who will challenge MP Wayne Stetski

School district trustee reprimanded

Allan Gribbin was formally censured for comments and published statements

Stetski talks up NDP election platform

NDP candidate for Kootenay-Columbia riding outlines election ‘commitments’ to Canadian voters

Rossland council passes plastic bag ban despite legal questions

Appeal court ruling threw bylaw in limbo, but council voted to move forward

Nelson’s Walgren added to B.C.’s speed skating team

Walgren will compete at next year’s Special Olympic Speed Skating Nationals

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

B.C. shipyard to get one-third of $1.5 billion frigate-repair contract

The federal government has promised to invest $7.5 billion to maintain the 12 frigates

Anglican Church to review governance structure after same-sex marriage change fails

Some say the current system to change doctrine gives too much voting power to a smaller class of bishops

B.C. adding fast-charge stations for electric highway trips

Okanagan, Vancouver Island, Kootenay stations ready for use

Worried about bats? Here’s what to do if you come across one in B.C.

Bat expert with the BC Community Bat Program urges caution around the small creatures

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

Most Read