Chasing Shambhala: My Most Anticipated Moments
After weeks of anticipation, Shambhala Music Festival has finally released their astonishing lineup for 2016. Some absolutely legendary artists will be making their way to the farm on Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia from August 5-8. As always Shambhala has put forth a truly diverse and innovative collection of performer’s for this year’s festivities, with the likes of Andy C, Sub Focus, AlunaGeorge, Justin Martin, Green Velvet, Liquid Stranger, TroyBoi, Excision, Marshmello, Questlove and so many more joining forces for this epic event.
From start to finish – Shmabhala is going to be a beautiful, transformative journey.
With eye-opening experiences and invaluable treasures waiting around every corner, Shambhala is a festival where magic becomes reality. While this year’s lineup is chalked full of mouth watering talent, there are a few extra special moments that I am most looking forward to. Now that we have the long waited 2016 line up, here are my most anticipated moments of Shambhala!
Rusko & Caspa Unleashing New Tunes
Nowadays when people ask me about my musical taste, I like to give them an eclectic selection of artists and genres that pique my interest. However, if I rewind five years to my early days, listening to electronic music as a college sophomore there was only one genre that could hold my attention… and that was of course Dubstep.
I have no problem admitting that my first tastes of dubstep was the brazen, Americanized madness that was made famous by the likes of Skrillex and other North American artists like Datsik and Excision. However, while that Frankenstein’s monster style of bass is what lured me into the genre initially, it was the quest of discovering dubstep’s British roots that really captivated me further.
Discovering artists like Skream, Benga, Coki and Mala, enlightened me to the fascinating depths of U.K. bass. Without that influence in my life I probably would never had pursued the other genres and musical dialects of electronic music.
Two of the most significant dubstep artists that I found in my nascent years in electronic music were Rusko and Caspa. This cutting edge duo has always placed themselves at the cusp of musical innovation and over the years both of these Brits have led hugely successful solo careers. Years ago in 2007 Caspa and Rusko joined forces to create the first all-dubstep edition of the venerated FabricLive Mix Series. This was a seminal moment in the progress and development of dubstep as a recognized and beloved genre.
Now these two pioneers are back at, coming together to make a slew of new music which Rusko described as “almost a full album’s worth of tracks,”. The duo will be making some very exclusive performances at select events around the world.
This August Caspa & Rusko will be hitting the Village with their ageless brand of dubstep and bass music. All winter long I had my fingers crossed for this twosome’s presence on Shambhala’s lineup. Now that Caspa & Rusko are confirmed for this year’s festival, I cannot wait to see two of the U.K.’s most incredible DJs and producers. Check out their epic set at Rampage and get ready for a seismic shift when these two hit The Village.
SkiiTour’s 5th Straight Skii Themed Party @ The Amphitheater
For the last four years SkiiTour has made a massive name for themselves as one of the annual highlights of Shambhala. The enigmatic duo from Whistler, British Columbia has brought their love for music, partying and skiing to the Amphitheater in unique style. Last year SkiiTour was joined by the hypnotic Cosmic Co-Motion dancers, who even imported ice from the USA so the crew on stage could have a snowball fight.
After hearing about these wild antics, I knew I had to find my way to Shambhala so I could experience SkiiTour’s infectious energy for myself. I can’t wait to catch Tim Livingstone and Dave Rollie shred at Shambhala in August.
Destructo’s Sunrise Sermon
Few artists in the world of dance music can muster up a resume as impressive as L.A.’s Destructo. The mastermind behind the world famous HARD Presents imprint, has garnered a reputation as one of the most influential taste-makers in today’s dance music scene.
Destructo has been curating and producing underground events since the 90’s, and throughout his illustrious career his sermon sets have become the stuff of legend. Now that Destructo has become established as one of the most powerful people in the world of electronic dance music, his famous sermon sets have become far more rare, but this year Destructo will be closing out Shambhala with a glorious sunrise sermon. Check out Destructo’s gorgeous sunrise sermon from this year’s Holy Ship below, so you can get a taste of his marathon mixing skills. I can’t wait to feel the Shambhalove flowing around me as we boogie into the early morning in beautiful British Columbia, while Destructo crafts an incredible ambience.
Roni Size & Krust Present Full Cycle Sound
When it comes to the origins of jungle and drum and bass, few names stand out more than Roni Size and Krust. These two legends will be returning to the stage in 2016 to resurrect the sounds of Full Cycle Recordings. The record label which revolutionized bass music forever, was formed by Roni Size, Krust, Die and Suv in 1994.
The four original members shared a vision of how they wanted their music to sound, evolving the early energy of Jungle, Ragga Jungle and Hardcore to incorporate deeper elements from Jazz, Soul, hip hop, funk and blues into new forms of dance music.
Roni Size and Krust will be illuminating the crowd at the Village to the beautiful roots of dnb and jungle. Old classics, unreleased studio cuts, and originals re-mastered joined on stage by the original Full Cycle frontman, Dynamite MC. As a die-hard junglist, I can’t wait to be educated by two of the genres most idolized innovators.
There are so many reason as to why Shambhala is such an incredible festival. With an amazing atmosphere predicated on the virtue of Shambhalove, breathtaking stages constructed with love and creativity and absolutely jaw-dropping lineup, Shambhala stands head and shoulders above the rest. I can’t wait to cross the northern border and experience these amazing moments first hand.