Shambala Festival 2017

Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th August 2017
a secret location near Market Harborough, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England MAP
£179 for weekend - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 15000
last updated: Mon 7th Aug 2017

around the festival site

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 17th Shambala will be held at a secret location on Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday 24th until Sunday 27th August 2017 with the site closing on Monday at Midday.


Confirmed acts include 65daysofstatic, U-Roy, Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds, Alice Russell, My Nu Leng & Dread MC, Smash Hifi (Marten Horger and Leeroy Thornhill, ex-Prodigy), Stanton Warriors, Soweto Kinch, Macka B & the Roots Ragga Band, and many more.

For the details so far please see the line-up page.

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.


Adult entrance tickets are SOLD OUT.

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Tickets are priced at £179 for weekend.

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 2017 is almost fully-vegetarian with what is offered from the trader stalls, though there are some meat options, of non-native (to the UK) invasive species: grey squirrels, and American crayfish.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own food to cook for themselves.

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 2017 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

2017 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 is extensive.

Fancy dress

The festival is famous for its outrageous fancy dress for the festival's customary Saturday night parade, which has a theme to be announced - everyone joins in on this. The theme for 2017 is 'Cloud Cuckoo Land', tho Trump has already done it better.

More information will be here when available.

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Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th August 2017
a secret location near Market Harborough, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England MAP
£179 for weekend - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 15000
last updated: Mon 7th Aug 2017

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