The night every stage opens is a whirlwind of excitement. Each one puts forth their A game to set the tone for the rest of the weekend, and the schedule shows it! There’s something stellar for everyone at each of the stages. Two stages in particular seem to compete for an extended period this evening: The Fractal Forest and The Pagoda.
The night kicks off early at The Pagoda with Maximono at 6:30 p.m., meanwhile The AMPitheatre and The Living Room kick off at 7 with Whipped Cream and JPOD. This triple threat is only the beginning; Fractal Forest hypes up to be a classic Friday night. K+Lab and Neon Steve heat things up at 8 and 9 p.m., followed by funk masters Slynk, Opiuo, Featurecast and Stickybuds.
At the same time, Dirtybird takes over The Pagoda. First up is Fisher at 9 p.m., followed by other heavy hitters like Kyle Watson, Claptone, Justin Martin, and Claude Von Stroke. As the takeover comes to a head, Fractal features it’s own legends with The Funk Hunters, Fort Knox Five, and Qdup.
If that wasn’t hard enough to complicate things, The Village comes in swingin’. During Claptone and Stickybuds, Snails brings it to the legendary stage at 12 a.m.! Friday’s music acts are enough to make a anyone go nuts!
Saturday stirs up as another one full of choices. Choose your own adventure, there are no losers. The festival keeps pushing its stellar lineup for a second night of all-stage action. The evening starts early between two stages, The Fractal Forest and The AMPitheatre, before some big moves from The Pagoda and The Village.
SkiiTour brings their funk to Fractal at 7 p.m., a blessing for those who missed the dynamic duo’s Thursday set. At the same time we see Greazus stepping up to slay the AMPitheatre. Right after these two, Stylust heads The Village at 8 p.m.
Things become less intense until The Pagoda brings on Defunk at 11 p.m. At 12 p.m. they’re followed by Adventure Club, where over at The Village we see The Glitch Mob come on at the same time! The Fractal Forest follows up with Gramatik at 1 a.m., while The Pagoda keeps it hot with KOAN Sound at 2:00 a.m.
We certainly wish we could be in multiple places at once. Four stages bring the heat, with strong pulls to each, but it doesn’t stop there. There’s still a whole other day and night of the 21st annual Shambhala Music Festival awaiting.