Lamb announced for Shambala Festival

The Correspondents, Johnny Clarke, Red Snapper, Nick Harper & more

By Scott Williams | Published: Mon 6th Jun 2011


Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th August 2011
a secret location in the Midlands, Northamptonshire, NN6 9LY, England MAP
£119 for adult weekend
Last updated: Fri 2nd Sep 2011

Shambala the festival held at a secret location in the Midlands on August Bank Holiday Weekend who traditionally keep their line-up under wraps, have announced a few of the 200 acts who will be appearing across 12 stages.

The first confirmed acts are Lamb, Johnny Clarke, The Bollywood Brass Band, The Correspondents, Red Snapper, Engine-Earz Experiment, Congo Natty & Tenor Fly, Nick Harper, Beth Rowley, Willy Mason, and 17 Hippies.

The the family orientated festival which has always had fantastic fancy dress participation each year, this year's theme is 'Around the world in 80 ways', also boasts late night secret hideaways curated by arts collectives from all over the UK including; The Recursive Function Immersive Dome (RFID) who bring 360 degree visuals and, the 1930's inspired Lost Picture Show cinema featuring live film scores and classic celluloid, the Rebel soul Tent and many more.

The event, which is 99% powered by wind, sun and waste vegetable oil, is also expected to have world-class cabaret, stand-up comedy, inspirational talks and debates, jaw dropping circus and acrobatics, interactive theater and nationally acclaimed poetry all housed in beautifully crafted venues.

There are also independent films, workshops, talks and debates, comedy, a fresh organic market, fair trade coffee, practical demonstrations, speaker's corner, site art (an art trail and a range of get-involved sculptures), survival courses, 50 real ales and ciders, giant sized floodlit crazy golf, annual Ping Pong championships, talent contest, healers, hot tubs, 6 themed bars on site, good food, multiple stages and lots of fancy dress.

An adult ticket is priced at £119 for the weekend.
Teen (aged 15/16/17yrs) weekend ticket £79
Child (aged 5-14yrs) weekend ticket £29
Child and Teen tickets may only be purchased with adult tickets. Maximum of 3 teen tickets per adult over 21yrs.
Child under 5 Free (but must register)
Van/Car+Caravan pass £30
Car Pass £20 (one per car)
Motor cycles £5
Disabled tickets (2 for 1) Call 0844 870 0000. Valid with proof of middle or higher rate DLA support.

To buy tickets, and decide how you're getting there, click here.

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.

The Shambala Express is a subsidised coach service from various locations around the UK, running on both Thursday and Friday again this year. This is the cheapest and most carbon-efficient way to come to the festival. The festival begins as soon as you board, with movies, BIG prize quiz(!) and a Shambala soundtrack. Departures this year from Brighton, London, Bristol, Sheffield and Birmingham and more t.b.c.

2011 will see a new dedicated and 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.

New for 2011 are a whole host of teen-focussed activities including a new 'Teen Tent' hangout with games galore and turntables for those aspiring DJs. Lot's more to be announced. Budding young news-hounds can join the festival's media team who will have access-all-areas to document the festival.

Shambala not only has the Smallest Opera House in the World, the have also booked the Biggest Yurt in Europe to house the acoustic venue - Sankofa's.

Plans are well underway for this year's "Grand Spectacular Finale," with a team of performers, artists and inventors all secretively beavering away to produce what's billed as "the show of the summer that will blow your socks off".

Expect other new spaces to emerge, which they probably won't tell festival goers about. This year there will be more trackway, more loos, more compost loos, and more showers.

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