Shambala Festival 2016

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th August 2016
a secret location near Market Harborough, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England MAP
£169 for weekend - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 15000
last updated: Tue 26th Jul 2016

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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 16th Shambala will be held at a secret location on Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday 25th until Sunday 28th August 2016 with the site closing on Monday at Midday.


Friday night's headliner is Sister Sledge. 47soul, Afriquoi, Akua Naru, Anchorsong, Beardyman's Dream Team, Benny Page, Blick Bassy, ChainSka Brassika, Chimpo, Clap! Clap! , The Comet Is Coming, Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Dub Phizix & Strategy, The Eskies, Flamingods, The Gene Dudley Group, Guts, Gypsies of Bohemia, HoneyFeet, Hot 8 Brass Band, Jah 9 & The Dub Treatment, Jalen N'Gonda, Jenna & the G's, Jerry Dammers, Jus Now, Kelly Oliver, Krafty Kuts, La Dame Blanche, L'entourloop, LTJ Bukem, Lynched, Mammal Hands, Martha Tilston, Matt Jam Lamont, Me and My Friends, Monki, Mouse Outfit ft Dr Syntax & Sparkz , Ngawang Lodup, Nightmares on Wax, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, Piers Faccini & Terrakaft, Pink Oculus, The Rheingans Sisters, Romare, Scarecrow, MC Soom T, Stompy’s Playground, Swindle, Symphonica feat Mr Switch, TQD (Royal T, DJ Q, Flava D) , Ushti Baba, Werkha,and Will And The People are the first acts confirmed.

The festival will be paying tribute to ’ll be paying tribute to the man, the myth, the legend himself with the Prince with a dance off and hosting Bowie ballet classes.

The festival is expected to have 200 acts across a dozen or so stages of music programming, plus a roller disco, karaoke, contemporary circus performances (tightrope walking, swinging trapeze, pole dancing), and loads more. Stages confirmed include Barrio Afrika, Chai Wallah's, The Cocoon The Shambala Stage, Continental Drifts Presents Madame Bayou's, The Kamikaze, The House Party, Garden O'Feeden, Idlaer Academy Presents Utopia, Carnival Tent, Naughty Morty's Ska Bar, Compass Presents, The Craft Area, Sankofa's, Tree House Stage, Alfresco Disco, The Imaginarium, The Enchanted Woods, The Healing Meadows, The Kids' Field, Koo Kou's Nest, Making Waves, The Play House, Rebel Soul, The Roots Yard, Shambala Springs, Sham City, The Social Club, The Story Telling Yurt, Swingamajig Speakeasy, Wandering Word, and more inclusding theatre spectacles, cabaret and circus.


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Adult weekend ticket were priced at £169 and have sold out, other options listed below are available:
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.

There are also Easypay and Split Payment initiatives, both of which allow the cost of tickets to be spread between now and next May. With the Split Payment scheme (available on Tier 3 and Tier 4 tickets), Shambaholics pay half now and the balance before May 31st 2015. The Easypay scheme, enables the spread of the cost of tickets payments at anytime between now and May 31st, after paying an non-refundable deposit of £40. The Easypay scheme is available only on Tier 4 tickets. You decide how much and how often you pay for your tickets, and you can make a payment simply by logging in to your TicketSellers account.

Tickets sold out last year at the beginning of June.

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.

Shambaholics also have the chance to balance their travel-related carbon with a donation directly into renewable energy.

Recycling Deposit

Shambaholics 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!


Shambala 2016 will not be selling a single bit of meat or fish. Meat lovers, can bring your own meat on site if you want.

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 2016 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

2016 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 25th to Sunday 28th August 2016
a secret location near Market Harborough, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England MAP
£169 for weekend - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 15000
last updated: Tue 26th Jul 2016

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