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UK Festival full of surprises - Shambala

shambalaballoonsShambala is a wonderfully diverse and quirky festival that’s bursting with silliness, with such a lot to do for such a small festival. There is entertainment around every corner and the location is magical. If you take a wonder through the woodland at night you will be greeted with amazing psychedelic lighting, art installations and experimental soundscapes for those who want to immerse themselves deeper in the experience.

Shambala prides itself on not revealing the line up before the event, but its never a let down when it comes to music. They choose such a wide range of genres that there is something for everyone. Chill to some dub or reggae, dance madly to some electro swing, lie under the stars to ambient psychedelic with a cup of chai, get your bass face on to some drum n’ bass or wonder around the smaller tents to find an eclectic mix of live bands and performances.

Its not just Music they have on offer, if you have a love for theatre, circus, cabaret or Art then you are in luck. In The Social Club and the Kamikaze tents I skated at the roller disco, laughed at the comedians and witnessed a spandex clad woman hanging upside down juggling knives! Just walking from a café to the toilet there is sure to be something weird and wacky going on, a Cinderella ramming flip-flops onto unsuspecting men’s feet, six brides searching for husbands or some vets artificially inseminating people dressed as endangered animals! The festival is not short of lyrical geniuses either, whilst having breakfast in Coyote Moon Café I listened to many creative people getting passionate and soulful opinions off their chests with spoken word and poetry.


shambalaWhilst there is lots of fun and entertainment for adults there is also a strong family and community vibe and the festival is very child friendly. Shambala definitely cater for the festival goers with young children with designated family camping, entertainment, and baby changing facilities on site. Children can take part in a wide range of workshops so boredom will never be an issue!


Something that I would consider very important is Shambala’s commitment to being green and eco friendly, promoting renewable, sustainable energy and  recycling. Shambala is definitely not on the list of the many corperate festivals that revolve around over priced alcohol and mainstream pop music, but a hidden gem filled with love and happiness. Security are relaxed and equally want everyone to have the best time possible, caring for your needs rather than causing trouble or enforcing unnecessary rules.

Shambala is highly recommended for anyone that wants to release their inner child and spread the Love!

The event is held each year at the end of August over the bank holiday in Northamtonshire. If you are interested in tickets and more information click here for the Shambala Festival website.