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Shambhala Music Festival began in the summer of 1998 when approximately 500 people gathered at the Salmo River Ranch. Over the years, the festival grew organically by word of mouth – friends bringing friends to create a community built upon Shambhalove. In 2010, for the first time, we reached our 10,000 guest capacity. In 2011 the festival saw it’s first sell-out in advance of our gates opening. Online tickets for Shambhala 2012 sold out in just 17 days, in November 2011.
Shambhala is a family-owned business. Farm owners Rick and Sue Bundschuh’s three children produce the festival. Jimmy, the youngest of the three, is the Executive Producer. Anna, the middle child, and Corrine, the eldest child, are the Producers.
Shambhala does not accept any corporate sponsorship and thus retains a true reflection of our people and their own vision. Our attendees are our sponsors.
When not hosting the festival, the 500 acre Salmo River Ranch is a working farm. Cows roam, farm dogs, horses, pigs, chickens, miniature donkeys (yes, you read that right), gardens and hay fields are the normal business affairs. There is also a small sawmill on the property that transforms into our main gate during showtime.
A dedicated crew of 2000 workers and volunteers keep the bustling city of Shambhala operating during showtime. Combined with our ten thousand guests, this makes Shambhala the largest city in the West Kootenays for five days. All of this on a farm without so much as an electricity hookup. Everything is brought in to bring this temporary city to such vivid life. When we depart, the farm returns to its off gird existence. Hay fields replace campgrounds and cows roam the forest trails.
Shambhala is held annually in early August and boasts 6 uniquely themed stages, each managed by their own Stage Director. Each of them books their talent, dreams the scene and delivers a cutting edge experience unlike any other. Shambhala aims to bring the best in up & coming electronic music talent from around the globe. We believe in supporting our local community and strive to excel in the festival and events industry.
Above all, Shambhala is a celebration of music, art and life. Your participation is so imporant – we set the stage, you bring the party. We thank each and every one of you for sharing your spark of Shambhalove with each other. We’ll see you when you come Home in August!