Olivier Gosselin

The DMNW Shambhala Stage-by-Stage Preview: The Amp & The Living Room

The Living Room

Of course, there’s a stage right next to a river. It’s Shambhala. The Living Room is a stage attendees won’t soon forget, and is one of the obvious reasons Shambhala stands-out from the rest. The Living Room is also the first stage open at the festival this year, beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Lots of great local acts grace the stages at Shambhala, but few get the type of performances that have become commonplace The Living Room stage. Nelson-native Adept, who has performed at nearly every Shambhala (ever!) and opens the hip-hop showcase at The Village this summer, takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Living Room-resident DJ Breakfluid takes the stage at midnight, while Kimmy K gets the sunrise-set from 4:30 – 5:30 a.m. to close out the stage on day one.

The Living Room will re-open at 11 a.m. on Friday, and gets a special 2-hour second Shambhala set from fan-favorites Fort Knox Five from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Californian duo Dirtwire performs at 10 p.m., and Vancouver-based/Montreal-born Sweet Anomaly has our attention at 11:30 p.m. The stage closes at 9 a.m., providing music for the early-morning raver.

Saturday at The Living Room features a late-change, after it begins at 11:30 a.m. with a hula hoop workshop. Kermode has been added to the slate, performing at 3:30, and is followed by one of our can’t miss sets of the festival, Val Kilmer & The New Coke, who perform at 4:30 p.m. Apart from a bad-ass name, the Kilmer-crew is an 80s new-wave cover band, and we’ll take as much of that as we can get.

At 8 p.m. Dubconscious takes the stage, but as a DJ, not in his other Shambhala role as Entertainment & Social Coordinator of the festival. Beginning at 11 p.m., the Living Room is run by ladies, when The Librarian performs. Followed by DJ Laura Low at 12:30 a.m., and Lion-S at 2 a.m., The Living Room is full of local, female talent on Saturday. It will once again be the last stage open, keeping the party going until 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

It won’t be closed for long, though, as The Living Room opens-up with another hula hoop workshop at 11:30 a.m., hosted by Dubconscious. Sunday afternoon at the stage features one of the biggest treats of the festival, a three hour DJ set from Nightmares On Wax from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Living Room is also hosting two artists performing for the second time at Shambhala 2016, when all-female DJ crew Meow Mix take control from midnight – 2:30 a.m., and El Papachango performs from 2:30 – 4:30 a.m. The Living Room will be the penultimate stage open, closing at 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

Let us know who you’re excited to see at The Amphitheatre and The Living Room this summer! Comment below, on Facebook, or reply on Twitter!

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