Shambala Festival 2018

Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th August 2018
a secret location near Market Harborough, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England MAP
£189 - sold out
daily capacity: 15000
last updated: Thu 9th Aug 2018

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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 18th Shambala will be held at a secret location on Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday 23rd until Sunday 26th August 2018 with the site closing on Monday at Midday.


Confirmed acts include Gentleman's Dub Club, This Is The Kit, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Susan Cadogan & The Friendly Fire Band, Oh My God! It's The Church, Ozomatli ft. Chali 2na, My Baby, Nubiyan Twist, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Zeal & Ardor, House Gospel Choir, Grrrrl, 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.


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Tickets are sold out. They were priced as follows:-
Adult weekend; £189
Teen (aged 15-17) weekend: £89
Child (aged 5-14) weekend: £39
Under-5s weekend: free but needs ticket
Campervan (under 6m): £50
Campervan (6m-8m): £60
Car parking: £35

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 2018 will be fully-vegetarian with what is offered from the trader stalls.

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 2018 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

2018 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.

Carnival Theme

The festival is famous for its outrageous fancy dress, and the theme for 2018 is 'Avant Garden'. 
“An experimental, radical garden of artistic wonders. A green-haus fashion show where giant triffids strut their stuff alongside regal, ivy-covered statues. Think human venus fly traps, troops of iridescent disco dancing beetles and a ballet of nectar-drunk, neon hummingbirds. Succulent crowns atop palm frond gowns. Jewel-bright orchid queens and prize-winning marrow kings, waltzing under a ripe, watermelon moon.”

More information will be here when available.

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Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th August 2018
a secret location near Market Harborough, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England MAP
£189 - sold out
daily capacity: 15000
last updated: Thu 9th Aug 2018

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