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The DMNW Shambhala Stage-by-Stage Preview: The Village

Themed stages at a festival aren’t anything new, especially for a festival in its 19th iteration. But, there’s something to doing it better than the rest, and there’s no doubting the unique energy and atmosphere that surrounds the six stages at Shambhala Music Festival. Custom-built for The Farm, each of the stages at Shambhala bring something different to the festival, with the end-result being incredible experiences and memories for thousands.

Each year these stages are curated by talented people who pair the locale with some of the best talent in dance music. This year is no different, with dozens of fan-favorites making their way to Shambhala this summer. So, we decided to take a look at what exactly we’ll be in store for at The Farm this year, checking out the artists each stage will be hosting for the weekend. Beginning with our personal favorite, The Village, we’re previewing each stage; Getting an idea for the type of tunes and acts we’ll be enjoying with that beautiful PK Sound.

As is the case with most major festivals, but especially applying to Shambhala: there are no bad set choices. Each stage at Shambhala is filled with tons of great acts, all well worth our attendance.

Shambhala Music Festival - The Village Stage

Photo Credit: Ricardo Hubbs Photography


The Village kicks-off Shambhala with what is arguably the most stacked day of the festival for the bass-centric stage. With heavy-hitters from start to finish, we plan on spending a good chunk of our Friday at The Village, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The Ragga Jungle Rinse Out takes place from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., opening up the stage in grand fashion. Then, we’re treated to a series of bass’s best before our most anticipated set of the festival. Lost CityKennedy JonesKJ SawkaEphwurd, and Roni Size & Krust deliver a variety of bass styles, with everything from trap, dubstep, bass house, and drum & bass well covered.

After getting all of our bass-muscles warmed up and Shambs-ready, we have the pleasure of Caspa & Rusko taking the stage at 12:30 a.m. The dubstep-dynamos are one of the marquee acts touring this summer, and we’re beyond excited for what we imagine will be one of the most memorable sets of the festival. You’ll want to get a spot for Caspa & Rusko early, though, as the stage will be packed at 2 a.m. for the biggest fan-favorite of the festival: Excision. The bass-overlord following up two of the most important artists in bass music is what The Village is all about.

But, that’s not all! For the low, low cost of just staying at The Village for the rest of the night at the festival, you’ll get treated to an additional three hours of drum & bass from two acts that fit at Shambhala as well as any. One of the many top-notch Bristol exports, TC, follows Excision, before the legendary Liquid Stranger carries us through sunrise from 5 a.m. – 6:30 a.m., when the stage closes their day one festivities.

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