Shambala Festival Preview
Shambala -- in Buddhism “a mythical kingdom” -- is a three-day festival in Northamptonshire, England, which, since its birth on the back of a farmer’s wagon in 1998, has grown into a multi-cultural celebration of the weird and wonderful, creating its own niche on the UK “boutique” festival circuit. Shambala is something of a protected UK species, marketed as a family-friendly event to keep away lagered-up revellers, but gleefully morphing into an unhinged playground of dreams afterwards.
Punters are encouraged to participate with their own creative ventures -- Saturday will see 7000 people in a fancy-dress parade, and though its official performers are kept secret until the last minute, over the last few years it’s been a heady mix of the surreal and sublime, jazz, klezmer, blues, reggae, folk, ska, drum’n’bass, electro and rock’n’roll acts mixing with comedians, poets and acrobats to create a unique vibe. Like its line-up, Shambala’s precise rural location is kept secret, until a ticket is bought, but -- for a insider’s hint, it’s a beautiful setting near a lake, where the nearby woods are dressed with hammocks, art carvings, fairy light,s and disco balls. This is a green, affectionate, and fantastic festival.
27th - 30th August
Northamptonshire (Secret Location)