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I couldn't see a recent topic for this allegedly cracking little festival so thought I'd start one. Going there for the first time this year with a few fellow Glastonbury veterans after we all failed to get tickets.
 
Just wondering what people's experience is of shambala (seems to have quite the cult following) and whether anyone had any top tips or general advice? Few things I'm wondering about specifically:
 
  1. Line up recommendations. I didn't recognise many names on the recent poster but having done a bit of research I particularly like the sound of Idles, Saul Williams, Inja, Age of Glass, Blow 3.0, The Comet is Coming and MC Xander. Is there anything else anyone considers 'must see'?
  2. Fancy dress. They've announced the theme 'extinction carnival' but I can't find anywhere that specifies what day it is. Surely they don't expect people in costume all weekend? I love a bit of fancy dress but that'd be pushing it! 
  3. How late do things go on? Only thing I can find online is a clashfinder from 2015 which has a few stages on until 3am. If anyone's got anything more up to date that'd be appreciated. 

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10 minutes ago, Nathan Explosion said:

Line up recommendations. I didn't recognise many names on the recent poster but having done a bit of research I particularly like the sound of Idles, Saul Williams, Inja, Age of Glass, Blow 3.0, The Comet is Coming and MC Xander. Is there anything else anyone considers 'must see'?

BCUC - who I saw at Glasto, very good.

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16 minutes ago, eFestivals said:

BCUC - who I saw at Glasto, very good.

Nice one, I'll add them to the list. Any other glasto crossover recommendations are particularly welcome - enough and maybe we can pretend we were there after all! 

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This year will be my 6th shambala. If I was to compare it Glastonbury, I’d say a mix between the green fields and the park. 

Lineup wise, I barely check it these days as I rarely know more than one or two acts. It’s a place to explore and find new unknown acts and it’s small enough you can wonder the whole festival in an hour. You’ll definitely stumble across something you’ll like. 

The extinction carnival day is Saturday, and Friday is traditionally Fruity Friday - pretty much everyone cross dresses. Thursday and Sunday are a bit less fancy dress but there will still be some great costumes on show. 

There’s always a few late night small venues on the main days (Friday Saturday Sunday) that go on til 4 and sometimes 5. There’s a forest stage where most people still up tend to end up after 4. 

Its a really lovely little festival with a very friendly atmosphere. It’s family friendly during the day but becomes a debauched party at night. You’ll love it!

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On 7/2/2019 at 11:19 PM, sogryp said:

This year will be my 6th shambala. If I was to compare it Glastonbury, I’d say a mix between the green fields and the park. 

Lineup wise, I barely check it these days as I rarely know more than one or two acts. It’s a place to explore and find new unknown acts and it’s small enough you can wonder the whole festival in an hour. You’ll definitely stumble across something you’ll like. 

The extinction carnival day is Saturday, and Friday is traditionally Fruity Friday - pretty much everyone cross dresses. Thursday and Sunday are a bit less fancy dress but there will still be some great costumes on show. 

There’s always a few late night small venues on the main days (Friday Saturday Sunday) that go on til 4 and sometimes 5. There’s a forest stage where most people still up tend to end up after 4. 

Its a really lovely little festival with a very friendly atmosphere. It’s family friendly during the day but becomes a debauched party at night. You’ll love it!

Only just seen this impressively comprehensive response, cheers mate! Family friendly in the day & debauched at night sounds ideal as some friends may have to bring kids if they can't get babysitters. 

Had no idea about fruity Friday either, two costumes to plan now! 

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21 hours ago, Nathan Explosion said:

Only just seen this impressively comprehensive response, cheers mate! Family friendly in the day & debauched at night sounds ideal as some friends may have to bring kids if they can't get babysitters. 

Had no idea about fruity Friday either, two costumes to plan now! 

Glad I could help! 

They cater really well for kids, including a creche if your friends need a few hours to themselves: https://www.shambalafestival.org/essential-info/families/

have a wicked time, I'll see you there! keep an eye out for the guy if in the zebra onesie and fur waistcoat on the Sat if you fancy a pint.

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