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So You Think You're Ready For Shambhala Music Festival?

5 live (and live-ish) artists to see at the Salmo River Ranch rave in 2023.

by Johnny Papan

Festival season is upon us and Shambhala Music Festival is one of British Columbia’s biggest attractions for ravers and non-ravers alike. Held at the picturesque Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, this psychedelic electronic extravaganza is celebrating its impressive 24th year with an unbelievably diverse and talent-packed lineup.

While the festival primarily showcases renowned DJs who skillfully spin an eclectic mix of electronic music that spans drum and bass, dubstep, and tech house across its five stages, there are also hidden treasures scattered throughout the ground that seamlessly blend live instrumentation into their performances, creating a unique and captivating experience for festivalgoers.

If you’ve already read our Shambhala Survival Guide, here are our five artists who we expect to incorporate live elements into their set this year.



Future-funk maestro Griz is known for his expansive and uplifting sound. Utilizing the saxophone as a key component to his music, the Colorado native adds a sultry flair to his eclectic mix of bubbly wobbles and funky bass grooves. His soulful saxophone will serenade the dancefloor and may have the power to level you up internally.

See him at the Fractal Forest stage on Saturday night. 



Much like their name would suggest, Victoria, BC’s six-piece “AstroJazz” band utilizes a unique blend of psychedelic-electronica, jazz and astral ambience to transfer listeners into a different realm. Their hypnotic sound takes live drums, bass, guitar, saxophone and piano to create an ethereal vibe fit for a 60s-themed space-lounge. 

See them close out the Living Room stage on Saturday night.



One of the most experimental groups at Shambhala this year, Californian duo Dirtwire are expected to use an array of instruments to wow crowd with their signature “swamptronica” sound. Want to hear electronic music mixed with the harmonica, flute, drums, space fiddle, megaphone, kalimba and slide guitar? Well that’s only a handful of the many instruments they are expected to use at Shambhala this year.

See them at the Living Room stage on Saturday night.



One of the most anticipated sets at Shambhala this year, 90s hip-hop group Hieroglyphics. Hip-hop legend Del the Funky Homosapien will be joined by the equally esteemed Souls of Mischief to represent the West Coast. As the beats drop and the lyrics flow, Hieroglyphics will take you on a nostalgic journey through the golden era of hip-hop. With their infectious energy and lyrical prowess,Hieroglyphics will surely set the stage ablaze with their electrifying presence and unrivaled artistry.

See them at the Living Room stage on Sunday.


Val Kilmer and the New Coke

Wanna take a break from electronic dance music and get yourself a dose of vintage nostalgia? Val Kilmer and the New Coke may be your jam. This cover-band from Nelson, BC doesn’t only know how to party, they also know how to play all of your favourite 80s rock hits. This blast from the past tribute act will take your high energy and turn it all the way up to 11. 

See them rock the Living Room stage on Thursday.


Shambhala has built a reputation on being just as much an experience as it is a music festival and it’s surely not to disappoint with this eclectic lineup of artists. Whatever you do, don’t get locked into a set schedule. Give yourself time to explore and discover new artists in this kaleidoscope of sound. There are many hidden gems to find throughout the festival — take a peek our our 2022 review if you’re looking for a taste of just what kind of gems and rarities your eyeballs might find. And don’t forget, be safe out there! 

Shambhala Music Festival runs Thursday, July 20 to Monday, July 24