Anticipation is slowly building as we count down the—now less than 90—days until Shambhala 2017. Certainly one of our favorites, and arguably one of the best music festivals in North America, Shambhala will be celebrating 20 years this August. With so much hype surrounding this year’s event the lead up has been nearly unbearable. Thankfully the organizers have been working tirelessly around the clock to make sure not only that this year is another memorable one, but that the “Road to Shambhala” is paved with plenty of ways to help keep the anticipation at bay. Anyone who’s had the opportunity to attend Shambhala in the past will likely tell you that the festival is magical, life-altering and all around an incredible experience. The vibe of homegrown, privately owned and sponsor free, is one that many other festivals strive for. Shambhala is hosted on a 500 acre, private farm which allows for permanent structures to be built year-round and allows for the true “home” atmosphere to flourish. Of the many great things that happen on the farm each year, several events also take place prior to the festival. Organizers have found means of engaging with the highly active social community while also bringing the Shambhala atmosphere to select cities prior to the festival. Spanning from Victoria to Montreal, and even south of Denver, Shambhala is getting the 2017 festivities started with a 14 stop Pre-Party tour. The tour will feature an exclusive preview of artists from the 2017 lineup curated by farmly members all across Canada and several select US cities. The Shambhavibes will be strong, so don’t miss out as we prepare for another great year on the farm. Also worth noting is each stop will also include the opportunity for one lucky crowd member to win a ticket to this year’s sold out event. Dates and artist have yet to be announced with exception to Vancouver, Red Deer and Denver , so stay tuned! While the crowd at Shambhala is limited to roughly 14,000 or so, the farmly extends well beyond that year round thanks to a 40,000 person and growing Facebook group. Posts each day run the range of unicorns, camping tips, general event questions, and a gratuitous amount of glitter…eco-friendly of course. Having such an active community year-round certainly help keep the vibes going and organizers have certainly clued in on that. Returning again this year Shambhala will be releasing a series of exclusive mixes from various 2017 headliners. Coming in hot with the first mix for 2017 is the LA, bass music duo um.. with a massive display of their musical tastes and talents. Making both their Canadian and Shambhala debut this August um.. is certainly a great fit for The Ampitheatre. The guys have a such a unique way about approaching their music, so theres really no telling what we’ll be getting at Shambhala this year. What we can say though is their set will not be one to miss so enjoy their exclusive mix for the first of many SMF Mix Series sets…we’ve already listened to it SEVERAL times. There’s no denying the Shambhala holds a special place in our hearts here at DMNW, and for good reason. Not only has the festival been a highlight of our summer for several years. It’s also been a place where many of our writers come together from all parts of the PNW. For the last 20 years Shambhala has been harboring the type of environment that so many other festivals strive to achieve. It’s no wonder this year’s event sold out in less than 24 hours, and this one little know festival in the Kootenays has reached international fame. As we count down to the last 3 months before returning Salmo for another incredible year we can’t help but wonder whats in store for us. Crews have been on site renovating, building, excavating and preparing for the return of the 14,000 attendees who will make the trip back to the farm. With a new Pagoda on the way, renovations coming to The Living Room, a serious facelift, last year the The Amp and countless other upgrades we’re expecting the farm to be looking better than ever. Be sure to stay tuned for even more news coming from both DMNW and Shambhala as we inch closer and closer to the 20th anniversary of Shambhala Music Festival. Cameron Frazier Avid adventure, and full time wild thing. Lover of all types of music but hold those that make me want to shake my rumpus close to my heart.