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Anytime I attend a new festival I try to keep my expectations in check. Of course when one gets voted best festival in North America my expectations start to shift. I have heard only amazing things from those that have attended Shambhala. They speak to the love in the air, the positivity of the people, the immaculate production, the awesome food, and the amazing music. For 3 days (and a few more if you arrive early) you can experience this bliss. So naturally, I had high expectations.

After 3 days, I came away with a smile on my face and some tears in my eyes, I realized I experienced something special. I have been to some of the biggest festivals in the world (Tomorrowland, EDC, Ultra, etc.) and Shambhala is different. It offers a unique experience than the others. It is more intimate with your fellow ravers. Shambhala frees your mind and opens your soul.

As for the festival grounds, there were 6 beautiful stages of music. Pagoda, The Village, Fractal Forrest, AMP, The Living Room, and The Grove.

Shambhala Music Festival features dance music and its culture at its finest. You will have a new family at the end and be ready to do it all again.

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The Grounds

Tucked away in British Columbia, Canada is the Salmo River Ranch. The private campgrounds are also farm year-round. When there are not 20,000 people dancing the night away, there are cows and chickens roaming around. In fact, these animals roam around in the exact place ravers camp out (just in the months outside the festival). I have heard a story or two of farm dogs still running around during the festival though.

I can’t think of a more perfect place for a festival. For the size of the festival, it fits just right. Many camp under trees while some choose to camp in the fields. The fields allow for more space and I saw 20-person decked-out campsites. Most had speakers and some even DJs to entertain us when music wasn’t playing.

There also was an Artisan village with more shopping options than you can imagine. There was so much Rave attire, sunglasses, hats, fans, jewelry, and other festival merchandise. I had a very good time walking around there (my wallet on the other hand did not).

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The Stages

Pagoda was the Main Stage and impressive at that. For the big acts, there were more lasers than you can imagine. Lasers synchronizing with the music will leave your jaw dropping. My eyes were quite happy with the vibrant colors of the stage as well. Best of all, there was space to dance.

The Village was the dedicated Dubstep and Bass stage. The best acts in the genre come to break necks and thrust bodies. My favorite part of it is the tree house bridge that lines the outside of it. If you want a break from the crowd, simply climb some stairs and get a bird-eye view. The stage design is easily the most impressive of any stage with LED-lined columns and trees throughout.

My favorite stage is Fractal Forrest. The production of it was mind-blowing at times. The lights and lasers that lined the trees paired with the total 360 of the crowd is all I needed to stay there most of the time. I found the vibes to be best here and it was a joy to dance with strangers. I have never been to a stage so fully immersed in nature. As a fan of national parks, it felt like I was dancing in one.

AMP is a multi-tiered stage built with a carnival tent. It is a fun one to be at in the daytime being located downtown of the festival next to food and vendors. AMP featured special dance performances that paired perfectly with the music.

The Living Room has a waterfront view of the river. A cute small stage featured more than DJs with live music from various genres. It is known as Shambhala farmily’s home and after you take a dip in the water, kick your shoes off and dance.

Last but not least is The Grove and fittingly the one I found last. It is tucked away behind The Village. It has a really cool tree house deck that fits 30 people to look over the crowd. Also lodged within the trees, The Grove is intimate with the artists.

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The Food

Great festival food is hard to come by. It usually tends to be overpriced with small portions. At Shambhala, you get bang for your buck. While the food does lean towards the pricy side (you are in the middle of a forest after all) the portions are huge. On top of that, it’s fresh.

Some of the chicken, meat, vegetables, and fruit are sourced directly from the farm. Talk about farm to kitchen. The Shamburger is probably the most popular item. Don’t overlook the Wraps vendor though. I am a sucker for Chicken Cesar Wraps and this was easily one of my favorites I have ever had.

If I wasn’t too hungry I would eat one of the many snack options. Smoothies were my favorite. They were super refreshing and a jolt of energy. I also felt ~healthy~. The donuts were exceptionally delicious when I had my sugar craving.

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The Community

I can’t say enough nice words about the people there. We were first greeted with “Happy Shambs” from just about everybody on the first day. We didn’t realize it, but people treated Shambhala like a family reunion in many ways. They were overjoyed to hear it was my first time there. Everyone was smiling throughout their campsites ready to offer you whatever you needed.

The good vibes didn’t stop there and overflowed into the festival itself. I felt so comfortable around everybody and ready to dance however I wanted. People were accepting of whoever you were and however you wanted to act. On top of this, everyone cared for each other. If you were in a moment of need, someone you never met would be there for you.

One particular thing I noticed was the lack of garbage on the ground after each night. I had stayed out till sunrise 2 nights and I was baffled. Every festival I have been to there is a sea of trash littered on the floor. Not this one. People have respect for the farm and do not just clean up after themselves, but others.

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The Artists

There were more headliners on this line-up than I could list. But some of my favorites that I caught a glimpse of were Zeds Dead, Dr.Fresch, GRiZ, John Summit, Tchami, RL Grime, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Excision, and Sub Focus. Each of them with their own unique sound that turned everyone feral.

There was one of the best runs I have seen at a stage occurring at Fractal Forest. On Sunday, I stumbled on Neon Steve while walking around and stayed for his whole set. Shiba San was after which fed into Tchami and then Valentino Khan. Dr.Fresch came on to close the run and everyone was going bananas.

There of course was plenty of other talent that made my feet move. Odd Mob might have had my favorite set of the weekend, just something about the sunset set at AMP that gets me going. It was my first time seeing Sub Focus and that DnB had me going let me tell you. I think everyone at the festival was at The Village at that moment.

If you are a fan of dance music, Shambhala showcases it at its best. The culture and ranch are perfect for the music to thrive. Happiness comes easily here. Till next time Shambs.

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.


My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.


These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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