Story by Ryan Rose and Michelle Swami
Shambhala Music Festival is Western Canada’s largest outdoor music festival and in its twenty first year. A summer tradition for a lot of electronic music fans, the line-up is one of the most anticipated things of the electronic music community. This year, the bookings did not disappoint. There are a ton of artists you may and may not have heard of. If you were wondering who to see, or would like to discover someone new, look no further, because us at Surrey604 have a top ten of acts you shouldn’t miss.
Dizzee Rascal – Village Stage – Sunday, 11:00pm
This was the first artist to pop out of the already amazing line-up. With Grime making resurgence in the last few years, it’s great to see one of that genres main OG players playing this festival. Not to mention that it’s his only North American tour date?
Rezz – Pagoda Stage – Sunday, 1:30pm
Second times a charm right? After her amazing set at Shambhala 2016, which was probably on many Shambhala’s attendees playlists for months after, many 2017 attendees were excitied to see her name on the list again. But after a forest fire sparking concern for cancellation, she did not end up making it to her set that was back on after all. So lets take two and see what Rezz will have in store this year, which we guarantee will make up for it and then some.
1985 music record showcase (Chimpo, Skeptical, Monty, Alix Perez) –
Saturday August 12, Amphitheatre – Saturday – 8:30pm – 1:30am
It’s an stage takeover with the boys in 1985 records. Expect to hear some forward thinking electronic music with these heavy hitters. And bass. Lots and lots of bass.
Roska – The Amphitheatre – Saturday, 1:30am
Artists from the UK are really dominating the line-up at this years Shambhala, you would think this festival took place in the UK country side. Roska has been in the game for years, so we are glad to see him and his UK funky beats grace one of the stages at Shambhala.
Joker – Village Stage – Saturday – 3:00am
Regular Shambhala attendees might have noticed something missing from this years line up; the exclusion of Village dubstep regulars Excision and Datsik. Who knows why they were excluded (actually maybe we know why…) but this year the people at Shambhala decided to bring Dubstep back to its roots. One of the Dubstep OG’s from Bristol will bring a lot of that old-school, deep bassey Dubstep and Grime, or as he would describe as “purple”. And if sound had a colour, his sound would definitely be that.
D Double E – The Grove – Saturday 11:30pm
Another OG Grime artist makes an appearance on the list, this time with East London’s D Double E. If you are looking to take a break from all tbe electronic music, check out D Double’s high energy performance. Expect lots of trigger fingers, Bluku! Bluku!
Kahn & Neek – The Grove – Saturday 1:00am
Bandulu records head honchos come together with their Grime side project, Khan & Neek. Expect a dubplate heavy, vinyl-only set on the crisp function-1’s. Which is the only way to listen to their music.
Machinedrum – The Amphitheatre – Sunday 10:30pm
This is the first time that American producer Machinedrum has graced his presence at Shambhala despite being in the game for a long time. He plays a vast array of music so there will for sure to be a little something for everyone. Glitch-hop, house, techno, you name it. So check him out to see exactly what this Los Angeles based artist decides to play.
DJ EZ – Fractal Forest – Sunday 2:30am
DJ EZ is another artist you would see on any summer music festival in the UK. He is also someone who has been in the game for as long as most of these festival attendees have been alive. Expect to hear lots of Garage and 2-Step and bring your trigger fingers and dancing shoes.
And there you have it. There are a lot of artists we wish we could fit in this article, but you can check them out for yourselves live at Shambhala Music Festival just outside Nelson, BC in the beautiful Kootenay, BC region August 9 – 13. See y’all on the farm.