FUNK HUNTERS: The Detour Podcast + More

Our friends, The Funk Hunters, have been insanely busy! The launch of a podcast series called The Detour, the debut of a new live show earlier in November, and an upcoming Australia/New Zealand tour in the New Year; they’ve got a lot on the go.

detourpodcastThe Detour Podcast – SO GOOD. I mean, Funk Hunters are always a good time. But the boys have been dreaming about doing a podcast series for a while to showcase some of their favourite music that they don’t normally get to play in their DJ sets or mixtapes. In their own words:

“…stuff that is really moving us nonetheless, and more often than not, the stuff that’s on constant repeat on our ipods! So….here it is. With no rules, no genre constraints, just good music to move your mind, body, and soul – Welcome to The Detour.”

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Fort Knox Five – We Love to Bring Back The Funk

We Love to Bring Back the Funk (DC’s Finest Remix) – Fort Knox Five

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LOVING this track!

This DC’s Finest Remix by Fort Knox Five puts a smile on my face every time I hear it. The FK5 boys have been heating up dancefloors with it all summer. Being lucky enough to catch FK5 at Shambs and a few times at / after Burning Man, I’ve seen it in action. Continue reading

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Q&A w/ Shambhala’s In-House Visionary Artist, Meghan Hildebrand

This week Jennifer Rebbetoy, assistant to the executive producer at SMF, caught up with our main girl, Meghan Hildebrand.  Each year Hildebrand creates artwork that sets the tone for the new look reflected on the ticket, logo, website, posters, stickers, banners and merchandise. It’s like hitting re-fresh on our wardrobe and Hildebrand is the BFF (I know you better than you know yourself) kind of stylist. Here we discuss art with rainbows vs. no rainbows, her band The Abbie Hoffman Society and of course some favourite memories of Shambhala. Enjoy!
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Bassnectar: “Shambhala is one of the most special venues in North America.”

The Worlds of Imagination: Forbidden Gardens Tour hits Vancouver and Calgary this weekend, on Nov. 8th and 10th, respectively, then EDMonton on Nov. 22nd.

In anticipation, Calgary’s FREQ Magazine caught up with Lorin Ashton, better known as one of Shambhala’s all-time favourite performers, Bassnectar. They chatted about a few things, like the audio / visual treats in store for attendees of WoI, collaborating with and learning from other artists, and large events vs. smaller ones:

“[That is why] Shambhala is one of the most special venues in North America because it has no corporate involvement. …it holds a very special place in my heart. I played there for something like 12 years and I’m sure that I’ll be back.”

“One of the most special venues in NA.” …And he’s played many venues. That made us smile. : ) You hold a special place in our hearts too, Lorin.

Read the full article here.

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Upgrades & ParticiPARTYing

Last week, The Festival Lawyer put out this great piece:

“Upgrade your Fest Experience by following the 3 Festival-Buddy Golden Rules”

While I was reading it, my first thought was, “I want this guy to come to Shambhala!” I was immediately reminded of the “ParticiPARTY” blog I wrote for All You Need is Bass last winter.
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Our Story

We are so excited for tickets to go on sale tomorrow at Noon PST @ www.shambhalamusicfestival.com! In celebration, we thought we’d post up the “Our Story” piece about Shambhala’s history from this year’s program guide. Enjoy!

Our Story

In 1994, Rick and Sue Bundschuh moved to the Salmo River Ranch from Kelowna, BC to leave the rapidly growing city for a “quiet life in the country” with their children Corrine, Anna and Jimmy. Little did they know, their “quiet life” would be short lived.

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Photo by Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

As the kids settled into their new home, they became inspired by the arts and (counter)culture of the Kootenays. They got involved in not only the local rave scene, but also the arts community, participating in producing dinner theatre shows, dragon dancing in parades, and other performance and live events.

In the Spring of 1998, a group of like-minded friends organized a solstice party on the ranch called UPLIFT that hosted a couple hundred guests.

But Jimmy dreamed of doing more. He planned a multi-day electronic music festival on the family farm, which at the time, was unheard of in the West Kootenay.

Photo by Novus Photography 2013

“The Dream” Photo by Novus Photography 2013

It all began with that dream. In the summer of 1998, about 500 people ignited Shambhalove on the dancefloor.

Main Stage, 1998

Shambhala is home to 6 uniquely themed stages, each managed by its own Stage Director(s). Each Director books their talent, has an artistic vision for their stage and delivers a cutting edge experience unlike any other.

There were only two stages that first year, in 1998 – The Jungle Pit (now The AMPhitheatre) and the Main Stage (now The Pagoda Stage).

AMP Stage, 2013. One More Night Out Photography, SMF Media Team 2013

AMP Stage, 2013. One More Night Out Photography, SMF Media Team 2013

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Pagoda 2013. Photo by Xavier Walker, SMF Media Team 2013

In 1999, Fractal Media joined our Farmily, creating the Fractal Forest stage, the home of funky breaks.

Fractal Forest 2013. Photo by Xavier Photography, SMF Media Team 2013

Fractal Forest 2013. Photo by Xavier Photography, SMF Media Team 2013

In 2000, a Viking Ship rose out of the mist on the shores of the Salmo River and became the first Beach Stage (now The Living Room Stage).

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Living Room 2013. Photo by Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

In 2001, the iconic Village Stage, home of PK Sound, began its life as the Avalon Forest, straight from the Avalon Nightclub at the Savoy building in Nelson (a building Shambhala bought in June with plans to re-develop. Full circle).

The Village Stage 2013. Photo by Novus Photography

The Village Stage 2013. Photo by Novus Photography

And in 2004 the Inna Sancdom (now The Labyrinth & Nebula) joined the ranks of the stages, bringing the total to six.

The Labyrinth 2013. Photo by Charlotte Dobre, SMF Media Team 2013

The Labyrinth 2013. Photo by Charlotte Dobre, SMF Media Team 2013

Much like the natural birth and evolution of the stages, over the years, the festival grew organically by word of mouth – friends bringing friends. Despite electronic music being relatively ‘underground’ in the early years, people flocked to Shambhala by the thousands.

Photo by Andrew Pavlidis, SMF Media Team 2013

Photo by Andrew Pavlidis, SMF Media Team 2013

Shambhala has always been attendee-sponsored – 100% powered by the people. We believed that great things could be accomplished without compromising vision and values, and Shambhala is living proof of that. No sponsors, no corporate advertising – this has given us the opportunity to surround you with art instead of ads.

Photo by Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

Photo by Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

Over the years, the production farmily has grown from the Bundschuh kids and a handful of friends working on the festival for a few months per year to a full-time staff of 20, working year-round at Shambhala Studios in beautiful Nelson, BC. We are artists, creatives, carpenters, computer geeks, engineers, business professionals, people from all backgrounds. We are united in our love of music, art, dance and our mission to delight and inspire our guests.

Just a few of the Crew who made 2013 possible. Photo by Xavier Walker, SMF Media Team 2013

Just a few of the Crew who made 2013 possible. Photo by Xavier Walker, SMF Media Team 2013

Each year, the farm transforms from a working ranch to the largest (and most certainly the funkiest) city in the West Kootenay. Over the course of several days, temples of light and sound take shape. The Downtown becomes illuminated at night and bustles with activity. Shambhala Crew arrive by the thousands to contribute their time and love, to make your Shambhala Really Good.

Waiting for the crowds to arrive. Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

Waiting for the crowds to arrive. Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

All of this happens on a farm without so much as an electricity hookup. Everything needed is brought in to bring this temporary city to such vivid life.

Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

When we depart, the farm returns to its off-grid existence. The Salmo River Ranch drifts back into its life as a working farm. Grassy fields replace campgrounds and cows roam the forest trails. Farm dogs, horses, pigs, chickens, donkeys, gardens and hay fields are once again the normal business affairs.

Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

But the real story of Shambhala is YOU. The people on the dancefloor. You are the driving force behind what we do. You are muses and inspirations. You embody and spread Shambhalove. We are Farmily. We are so grateful for each and every one of you. Because no matter what happened when, or who did what, you are writing the history of Shambhala with us each year. And it’s a beautiful story, filled with so much love.

Shambhalove. Photo by Andrew Pavlidis, SMF Media Team 2013

Shambhalove. Photo by Andrew Pavlidis, SMF Media Team 2013

We’ll meet you on the dancefloor August 6th-11th 2014 to write the next chapter.

Photo by Louis Bockner, SMF Media Team 2013

Photo by Louis Bockner, SMF Media Team 2013

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SHAMBHALA 2014 TICKETS ON SALE OCT 25TH!

Everything you need to know about Shambhala 2014 tickets!

When can I buy a ticket?
Where to Buy
Festival Age Limit
Ticket Pricing
Shipping
Will Call
No Refunds
Other Pricing – Early Entry 2014
How to Order Online
Shambhalodging

WHEN

Photo by Xavier Photography, SMF Media Team 2013

Photo by Xavier Photography, SMF Media Team 2013

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WHERE TO BUY

  • ONLINE: 3 tiers of tickets will be available on the Shambhala website at www.shambhalamusicfestival.com. The majority of tickets are sold online through our online store. In order to purchase online, you must have a PayPal account. SEE: “How to Order Online” for more details.
  • STORES: Ticket Store sale date TBA. There will be a limited number of tickets available in Vancouver, Kelowna, Nelson and Calgary in early December. Prices of in store tickets will depend on the lowest tier available at the time they go on sale. More details to follow.
Photo by Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

Photo by Patrick Latter, SMF Media Team 2013

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AGE LIMIT

  • Shambhala is 19+, no exceptions. 19 is the Age of Majority in the province of British Columbia. Regardless of the laws in your home province, country or state, you are not considered an adult in BC until you are 19.
  • If your 19th birthday is after the festival, even just by a few days, we cannot make an exception to allow you to attend.
  • If your 19th birthday is during the festival, you may arrive on the date of your birthday, but not sooner.
  • ID’s will be checked.
Photo by Alex Gaynor, 2013

Photo by Alex Gaynor, 2013

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HOW MUCH?

Tickets will be sold in three tiers this year:

  • First Tier: 1500 tix @ $290 + S/H & 5% GST
  • Second Tier: 4000 tix @ $305 + S/H 5% GST
  • Third Tier: 4500 tix @ $330 + S/H & 5% GST

All purchases (shipped & Will Call) are subject to the same service/handling (S/H) fees and 5% GST (BC tax rate).

  • Service fee = $11 per order of up to 3 tickets
  • Handling fee = $6 per ticket

*NOTE: US shipping is available for an additional $20 per ticket. US tickets are considered Will Call by default. If you wish to have your tickets shipped, this option must be selected at checkout.

Photo by Novus Photography

Photo by Novus Photography

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SHIPPING

  • FEES: All orders (shipped or Will Call) incur an $11 service fee per order, and $6 shipping & handling fee per ticket. There is a maximum of 3 tickets per order.
  • WHEN: Tickets will begin shipping on January 31st, 2014. It will take approximately 8-10 weeks to ship the orders placed up to that date. Orders will be shipped in the order they were received.
  • DOUBLE CHECK: Make sure your mailing address, email address and phone number are current within PayPal before placing your order. NOTE: missing address information is the most common cause of returned orders. If you don’t have your apartment number listed or there’s a typo in your house #, your order will be sent back to us, and will incur a reshipping fee.
  • ADDRESS CHANGES: If your mailing address changes between when you place your order and January 31st, it is your responsibility to contact sales@shambhalamusicfestival.com to update your address.
  • REGISTERED MAIL: Orders are shipped via registered mail ONLY, meaning you must show ID and sign for the package in order to receive it. If you are not home at the time of delivery, it will be held at your local post office for 10 days. Any refused or unclaimed orders are returned to sender after that time. If this happens there is an $11(+GST) reshipment fee to get it back out to you. NOTE:  If you are expecting a roommate or parent to sign for it, they will need a letter from you authorizing them to sign for your package, and they will need to show Gov’t ID. More details on Canada Post’s delivery policies here.
  • TRACKING: You will receive an email notification with your tracking # once your order has shipped from Canada Post AFTER January 31st, 2014. A tracking # is sent ONLY after your ticket has left our office.
  • WILL CALL OPTION:  Canadian orders are shipped by default, but may be registered at Will Call by request of the purchaser. This is a handy option for people who work remotely, do not currently have a fixed address or even if you’re just have a bad case of the flails and you’re afraid you might lose your ticket(s) between now and August. Simply email sales@shambhalamusicfestival.com before January 31st to arrange having your tix held at Will Call. Easy!
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Photo by Patrick Latter Photography, SMF Media Team 2013

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WILL CALL

  • FEES: All orders (shipped or Will Call) incur an $11 service fee per order, and $6 shipping & handling fee per ticket. There is a maximum of 3 tickets per order.
  • INT’L / OVERSEAS: All Int’l / overseas orders are held for pick up at Will Call. No exceptions.
  • USA: US Orders are held for pick up at Will Call by default. US customers may opt for an additional shipping fee of $20 per ticket to have their order shipped to them.
  • CANADA: Canadian orders are shipped by default, but may be registered at Will Call by request of the purchaser. This is a handy option for people who work remotely, do not currently have a fixed address or even if you’re just have a bad case of the flails and you’re afraid you might lose your ticket(s) between now and August. Simply email sales@shambhalamusicfestival.com before January 31st to arrange having your tix held at Will Call. Easy!
  • SHIPPING CUT OFF: In the event that tickets do not sell out by this time, tickets will cease shipping on June 27th, 2014 for Canada / June 1st, 2014 for US. All orders placed after cut off dates will be held at Will Call, no exceptions. PLEASE NOTE: there is no guarantee that tickets will be available into June / July, so keep an eye on our website’s ticket counter throughout the year to avoid missing out.
  • WILL CALL PICK-UP: See the Ticket WTFAQ for details on how to pick up a Will Call ticket.
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Photo by One More Night Out, SMF Media Team 2013

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NO REFUNDS

Shambhala cannot reimburse or replace lost, stolen or unused tickets. Your ticket is your responsibility to protect. If you are worried about losing your tickets, your best bet is to have it held at Will Call. Email sales@shambhalamusicfestival.com as soon as you place your order to arrange.

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Photo by Charlotte Dobre, SMF Media Team 2013

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OTHER PRICING

The following are paid upon arrival to the festival in August 2014. No pre-purchases available. We’ve included them here so you know what to expect.

Early Entry:

  • Wednesday, August 6th, 8am – Thursday, August 7th, 7:59 am: $80 per person
  • Thursday, August 7th, 8am – Friday, August 8th, 7:59 am: $40 per person
  • Friday, August 8th, 8am – General Admission (no additional fee)
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Photo by One More Night Out, SMF Media Team 2013

Parking:

Parking pass pricing is currently under review. 2014 prices TBA at a later date.

*You can see 2013 Parking Pass pricing here for a base idea of pricing.

**PLEASE NOTE: There is limited park & camp space available. There is no guarantee that you will be able to purchase a parking pass for your desired camp zone; they are sold first come, first served. Once we’re sold out of parking decals for a certain zone, they’re gone. If you wish to have a vehicle at your camp for lockup, it’s best to coordinate with your campmates and choose ONE designated vehicle to be parked at camp for that purpose. Please consider this and plan ahead.

Photo by Phoenix Photography, SMF Media Team 2013

Photo by Phoenix Photography, SMF Media Team 2013

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HOW TO ORDER ONLINE

You will need a PayPal account to place your purchase.

  • If you don’t already have a Paypal Account, set up a PayPal account now. You don’t need a credit card to use PayPal – it works with just a bank account. If you would prefer to associate your PayPal account with a credit card, that works as well. NOTE: Once you set up a PayPal account, it can take up to 10 days to confirm your account details.
  • If you already have Paypal: Make sure your mailing address, email address and phone number are current within PayPal before placing your order.
  • Can I use the PayPal Guest Account feature to order? No, that feature is not available through our checkout.
  • I don’t want to get a PayPal account. How can I order? Find a friend who does have a Paypal account, and give them the money to order your ticket.

More questions**? Check out the Ticket WTFAQ?
** Please direct all PayPal specific questions to PayPal’s FAQ and customer service.

If you need additional assistance with an order, email sales@shambhalamusicfestival.com.

***Any time that you email Ticket Administration about an order, please include your transaction ID***

Photo by Novus Photography 2013

Photo by Novus Photography 2013

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SHAMBHALODGING 2014:

ALSO AVAILABLE OCT 25TH – SHAMBHALODGING!!

ShambhaLodging: Camping made easy.

Free Early Entry.  Express Lane.  Free Parking.  Mucho Shade. A campsite set-up & ready for your arrival.

Welcome to the tall trees where we have prepared your comfy place to rest and hangout. A weather ready tent assembled – and what else do you need? A mattress? Linen? Or more? We’ve got four options to choose from! Just pre-order what you want and we will have it waiting. Feeling a bit fancy? Camp in style with FANCY PANTS.  It’s just about as deluxe as you’ll find in the forest!

Choose from 3 great packages: the BASSics, Just A Campsite, or The Fancy Pants.

All Lodgers receive the following perks:

  • Free early entry (for up to 2 people)
  • No parking fees and reserved parking space (for 1 vehicle – no RV’s or large campers)
  • Reserved campsite in the shady forest
  • Express entry to the festival grounds
  • ShambhaLodger appreciation pack
  • ShambhaLodging Hosts to help you get settled in and help you with whatever you need throughout the festival
  • Nearby access to port-o-potties
  • Access to the Lodger Lounge (communal gathering space with hammocks and picnic tables)
  • 2 free lawn-chair rentals when you leave your vehicle in Sunshine Lot Free Parking (or at home)
  • *Please note that festival tickets are not included in the pricing below:

2013 Lodging Pricing

  • Just a Campsite – 60 sites available @ $425 + 5% GST / package
  • The BASSics – 140 sites available @ $575 + 5% GST / package
  • The Fancy Pants – 10 sites available @ $1500 + 5% GST / package

**The Car Camper package is being discontinued due to logistical difficulties. All Lodgers will still have access to the conveniently located nearby Lodging Parking Lot.

More questions? Visit the Lodging WTFAQ?

Photo by Leah Gair Photography, SMF Media Team 2013

Photo by Leah Gair Photography, SMF Media Team 2013

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