Shambhala 2019 Stage By Stage Lineup Review
Now that Shambhala Music Festival has released the lineup for each of its stages it time to comb through this year’s roster of world-class artists. Comprised of six uniquely curated stages, Shambhala is unlike any other festival. The six stages independently book their lineups but work in unison to create an atmosphere completely geared towards the enjoyment of every festival goer. At the same time, there is a subtle and healthy competition amongst the stage crews which encourages their creativity and innovation.
Each team goes above and beyond to raise its game year after year. With Shambhala’s 22nd anniversary set to take place this August 9-12, we’re excited to make new musical discoveries and see some of our absolute favorites as well.
The AMP has really pushed the envelope in the last few years at Shambhala. The AMP has seriously planted its flag with a slew of groundbreaking artists. We’re hyped for genre-bending superstars Troyboi and Mija, Shambhala favorites The Librarian and Pigeon Hole, as well as innovators like Alix Perez and T. Williams. Deep dub lovers will also be thrilled with this year’s Deep Dark & Dangerous takeover featuring Truth, Khiva, Distinct Motive and Abstrakt Sonance.
The Fractal Forest
The Fractal Forest is perhaps the funkiest place on earth and this year’s lineup fully reflects that. A world completely of its own, the Fractal Forest has particular laws and customs which makes it possibly the most unique festival stage in North America. The Fractal Forest is a 360-degree vortex of swirling lights and colors amidst an undulating sea of ecstatic faces. With a lineup heavily built upon tradition, the Fractal evokes a simultaneous sense of nostalgia and wonder. Annual staples like Neon Steve, Defunk, The Funk Hunters, Smalltown DJs, Chali 2NA, WBBL, K+Lab, Skiitour, A.Skillz and Rich-E-Rich will be backed up by big names like Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), GRiZ, Goldfish, SNBRN and Goldfish.
Infamous in the world of bass music, The VIllage is back with yet another absurd lineup. Ewoks will rejoice at a blockbuster collcetion of bass mavens including, UK legends Rusko and Nero, the return of Excision along with KJ Sawka and Downlink (the rest of Destroid), the wobble brothers Ganja White Night will also be at the Farm this August, as Liquid Stranger leads a Wakaan Takeover with Champagne Drip and G-Rex. Top of our list of artists to see at The Village has to be drum and bass innovators Chase & Status.
Outfitted with delicious Funktion-One sound, The Grove is unlike any other stage in Shambhala. With yet another phenomenally curated lineup the Grove welcomes a slew of artists we’re excited to see including Bonobo, FKJ, Om Unit, Moresounds, Attya, Lazy Syrup Orchestra, Intersect, Goopsteppa, Andre Power and Tor. However, when it comes to deep bass The Grove isn’t holding back with the likes of dubstep legend Mala, Kromestar, Commodo, Stray and halftime trailblazers Ivy Lab.
The Pagoda is Shambhala’s defacto main stage and when it comes to booking the hottest names in dance music this stage never slacks. Enigmatic newcomer Deathpact will make their debut as superstars from the world of house and bass come together on one massive lineup. AC Slater, Anna Lunoe, Charlesthefirst, Justin Martin and Zeds Dead are all on our list of must-see sets.
The Living Room
Ripe with aqueous vibes and shimmering energy, The Living Room always assembles the most eclectic array of artists at Shambhala. This year the stage has put an emphasis on putting the dance back in dance music. The incredibly groovy lineup features house tastemakers like Marques Wyatt, Sabo and Doc Martin.