This great family friendly festival promises four days of fun, with a large kids area, masses of workshops, woodland antics, crazy carnivals, roaming theatrics, and everyone in fancy dress. There's no separate arena from the campsite, and there's no restriction on alcohol.
The 14th Shambala will be held at a secret location on Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday 21st until Sunday 24th August 2014 with the site closing on Monday 25th at Midday.
Latest additions are Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, Kate Tempest, Nozinja, and This Is The Kit.
They join Mulatu Astatke, Collie Buddz and the New Kingston Band, By The Rivers, Public Service Broadcasting, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Cumbia All Stars, Andy C, A Guy Called Gerald, Adrian Sherwood, The Apples, Babyhead, B.Traits, DJ Die & MC Inja, DJ Food, Cheeba & Moneyshot Caught in the Middle of a 3 Way Mix, Dubkasm, Solo Banton, Emily Portman Trio, The Excitements, The Fire Beneath the Sea, Fitty Gomash, The Folk Ensemble, Gentleman's Dub Club, Hackney Colliery Band, Itchy & Skratchy, Jungle by Night, Jus Now, Lisa Knapp, Manu Delago Handmade, Marky and Stamina MC, The Melodic, Mitu, Mouse Outfit ft Dr Syntax & Sparkz , My Nu Leng, My Panda Shall Fly, Mystro & Cut La Vis, Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators, onlyjoe, Opiuo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Rebel Soul, Reeps One, The Rin Tins,Roska, Sankofa, Slamboree, Smokey Joe and The Kid, The Swingamajig House Band, Talisman, Tantz, Tru Thoughts, Typesun, The Urban Folk Quartet, Young Fathers, Wonka-Vision, Zion Train, and Perch & Dubdadda.
Plus the return of venues including The Shambala Stage, The Roots Yard, Chai Wallah’s, The Kamikaze, Beyond The Stars, The Play House, Sankofa’s, Compass Presents, The Enchanted Woods, The Emporium Of Delights, The Healing Meadows, Koo Kou's Nest, Mr Hung's Chinese Laundry, The Play House, The Social Club, The Hot Tubs, The Surplus Supper Vlub, The Story Telling Tent, Wandering Word, Workshop Areas, The Craft area, and Kids Field
The festival is expected to have a dozen or so stages of music programming including a main stage, lakeside stage (powered by the sun, or if Shambala isn't bathed in glorious sunshine, by a back-up bio-diesel generator), and big top, plus a roller disco, karaoke, contemporary circus performances (tightrope walking, swinging trapeze, pole dancing), and loads more is sure to be planned.
Ticket prices are as follows:
An adult weekend ticket is £135 - SOLD OUT.
Teen (aged 15/16/17yrs) weekend ticket £79
Child (aged 5-14yrs) weekend ticket £35
Child and Teen tickets may only be purchased with adult tickets. Maximum of 2 teen tickets per adult over 21yrs.
Child under 5 Free (but must register)
Van/Car+Caravan pass £40
Car Pass £25 (one per car)
Motor cycles £5
Disabled tickets (2 for 1) Call 0844 870 0000. Valid with proof of middle or higher rate DLA support.
Shambala offers a new EasyPay system, pay the first £40 and all the booking fee now, and as much or as little as you like, whenever you like, by logging back into your account. The only catch is the full payment must be received by 1st July, and the deal is non refundable.
Tickets are e-tickets so ticket holders must make sure they have their PIN and password ready for entry. Routing passes must be placed in the windscreen before arrival on site.
Shambalists will be charged a refundable deposit of £10 per booking. Simply exchange a bag of recycling at the event for £10 cash or a festival pack!
Instead of being able to buy bottles of water festival goers are being asked to bring a reusable bottle which they can refill with free filtered water available at all of bars on site. Festival organisers enthusiastically predict this will reduce waste by an estimated 10,000 plastic bottles.
This year Shambala are also offering 'bottles for life' from their ticket page.
In 2014 the festival will once again be 99% powered by renewable energy, by the wind, sun, waste veg oil and pedalling! Lot's more eco initiatives are expected to be on site too.
This year the festival is hosting The Big Swing at this year's festival with the jitterbug, jive and lindyhop!
There are also independent films, workshops, talks and debates, comedy, a fresh organic market, fair trade coffee, practical demonstrations, speaker's corner, site art (an art trail and a range of get-involved sculptures), survival courses, a real ale and cider bar with a beer garden, multiple stages and lots of fancy dress.
Shambala is predominantly a venue-based festival and this year's new additions include a giant tree house stage in the Enchanted Woodlands, a pirate ship on the lake and The Playhouse - an opulent theatre space.
Expect compost loos in the campsites, showers in the family campsite, even more art installations and sculptures, lots more stand up comedy and walkabout performers, more secret venues and hidden bars, more theatre, talks and storytellers in collaboration with Bristol Storytelling Festival, more brilliant live music and even more opportunities to get involved.
The meadow is expected to return featuring it's very own boating lake. Surrounded by trees, and only accessible over two bridges, this will become the tranquil area of the festival, with healing, workshops, sauna, hot-tubs, and possibly a small stage. The amazing art trails in the woodlands re-invents itself.
Family Camping Field
2014 will see the return of a separate Family Camping Field with dedicated hot showers and compost loos, situated next to the car park, where families will have priority parking near the festival entrance and a free wheelbarrow service. There will also be a communal BBQ on Thursday and Friday. The Family Yurt will have toddler play space, a baby-sitting club, an early evening cinema and bedtime stories with hot cocoa.
Expect other new spaces to emerge, which they probably won't tell festival goers about.
Off ground fires
This year organisers are permitting fires in the campsite as long as they are off the ground, as a trial (Fires are still not permitted in the camper van fields however).
This small family-friendly green festival focuses on environmental issues and offers the chance to learn new skills and crafts such as silver jewellery, a lantern, or a hobbyhorse.
Each year Shambala offers a wealth of kids activities with a full and diverse program of activities for all ages, such as trampolines, inflatables, music workshops, circus skills, art tent with full programme each day, play equipment and swing-boats, festival newspaper team, puppet shows, cinema, co-operative games, a kitchen academy, DJing, magic, and even a bedtime story tent. Many activities will have themes around cultural awareness, and the environment.
The festival is famous for its outrageous fancy dress for the festival's customary Saturday night parade, which has a theme this year 'The Seas of Shambala' - everyone joins in on this.
More information will be here when available.
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