Shambala Festival 2015

Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th August 2015
a secret location near Market Harborough, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England MAP
£149 for weekend - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 10000
last updated: Thu 27th Aug 2015

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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 15th Shambala will be held at a secret location on Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday 27th until Sunday 30th August 2015 with the site closing on Monday at Midday.


Latest additions include Meta and The Cornerstones, Too Many T's, The Yiddish Twist Orchestra, Joe Driscoll & Seckou Kouyate, GoGo Penguin, A Skillz, Krik Krak with Edson Burton, The Monkey Nuts, MC ArenaLaRosa, Monsalve y los Forajidos, Dhadza D, EleMC, Matuki Band Doctors Of Rhythm, Mankala, Yoshke & The Wolves, Me & My Friends, Tina C, Akala, Red Bastard, Sura Susso & Max Baillie, Okina, Calico Jack, the Piratones, the Jenova Collective, Cheeba, Chris Parkinson, Formidible Vegatable Soundsystem, Jamie Catto, Mark Grist, Stef Mo, John Hegley, Jackie Hagan, Joelle Taylor, Jonny Fluffypunk, Captain Hotknives, Fitty Gomash, Jonathan Kay, Barrio Afrika, Amadou Diagne, K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade, Thomas McCarthy, Bituaya, Alexis Dubus, Kero Kero Bonito, Under The Counter, Wonky Hi Fi, Sola Rosa, Subculture Sage, and The Swingamajig House Band.

They join a number of acts already confirmed, including Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba, Roni Size, Jungle Brothers, and many more. For the details so far, please see the line-ups page.


Tickets have sold out, at the beginning of June. Tickets were priced as follows:

An adult weekend ticket is £149
Teen (aged 15/16/17yrs) weekend ticket £89
Child (aged 5-14yrs) weekend ticket £39
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 £45
Car Pass £30 (one per car)
Disabled tickets (2 for 1) Call 0844 870 0000. Valid with proof of middle or higher rate DLA support.

Shambala Festival was the first UK festival to accept Bitcoin - the world’s first digital currency - as payment for tickets.

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.

Recycling Deposit

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!

Bottled-water-free festival

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.

Green credentials

In 2015 the festival hopes to once again be 100% 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.

Family Camping Field

2015 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.

Kids activities

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.

A world of entertainment and experiences

The on site entertainment includes Muppits Die Hard, Detective O, Drumming from the Ivory Coast, Boogie Wonderland, Tina C in Complete & Utter Country: Her story, Shakti Dance, Sunset Kirtan with Shambo Yoga, Embercombe’s Tim McCartney, Yoga, The Children’s Fire & Cocoa, Singalong with Simon, Compass Teleconfusion, Minima Accompany Hitchcock’s 'The Lodger', Compass Cabaret, 16mm Film Workshop by Chocolate Films, Red Rosa – The Graphic Novel, Britain’s Got Passion, Transforming Shadows with Jamie Catto, Slam Poetry Workshop, Battle Rap with Mark Grist, Dearest Lovely Human, Sunday Supplement Cock Drawing, How to be a Green DJ, Krump Workshop, Drum and Bounce and Dub Stretch, Swing Dance Workshop, Hoop Hooligans, The Dance-Off, Fitty Gomash Ceilildh, The Sunday Assembly, Cape Theatre Presents…Small Talk, The House Party, Thomas McCarthy, Withering Tights (Shambala’s first ever Massive Bush), Lightbox Animation Workshop, The Big Swing Dance, Kamikaze Rave, Chai Wallah’s, Compass Presents…, The Craft Area, Sankofa’s, The Emporium Of Invaluable Insights, The Enchanted Woods, The Healing Meadows, Herbal First Aid, In Place of War, The Kids’ Field, Kids Woodland Area, Koo Kou’s Nest, The Lost Picture Show, Raw Foundation is 'Making Waves', One Massive Art Space, The Play House with Sideways Arts, Rebel Soul, an expanded The Roots Yard, Screen printing, Mr Hung's travelling laundry, Shambala Carnival, Shambala Springs, Sham City with Bearded Kitten & Giant Robots, Smoking Puppet Cabaret, The Social Club, The Story Telling Yurt, Wandering Word, and a World Of Workshops.

Fancy dress

The festival is famous for its outrageous fancy dress for the festival's customary Saturday night parade, which has a theme of 'Cosmic Chaos' - everyone joins in on this.

More information will be here when available.

Shambala 2014

Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th August 2015
a secret location near Market Harborough, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England MAP
£149 for weekend - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 10000
last updated: Thu 27th Aug 2015

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