Help Keep Our Adventures In Utopia Safe

by Shambala Festival in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

£97,206

raised of £100,000 stretch target

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This project will only be funded if at least £50,000 is pledged by 13th July 2020 at 11:02am

We need to raise at least £100 000 to help towards Shambala continuing to survive and thrive in 2021 and beyond.

by Shambala Festival in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Wow! We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us smash our £50,000 target within days! It is a testament to the collective power of the amazing community we are part of. We're doing everything we can to survive through this unprecedented year; belt tightening, taking out sizeable loans, exploring new ideas. Raising £100k, or any amount toward this, gets us a really significant step further. 

Your help will make a very impactful contribution to the financial black hole we need to fill, but the situation we are facing is daunting, and anything we can raise over the coming month will make a big difference toward us being able to continue to produce an uncompromised and affordable Shambala for years to come. 

We are festival pioneers in running our events as sustainably as is humanly possible, as well as providing our audiences the best possible onsite experiences. Hitting the additional target gives us even greater financial security to ensure that we can carry on to do so. 

We are truly independent and are only accountable to you - our community - and we never want this to change. Our next target is £100,000 so please keep doing your thing, pledging and sharing our Crowdfunder with your friends. 

So much love Shambala


Why Are We Crowdfunding?

The devastating impact of COVID-19 and the subsequent restrictions to halt its spread, have meant that we have had no choice other than cancel this year’s Shambala festival - which would have been our 20th anniversary. This is heart-breaking, Shambala is an annual reunion of a huge community of like-minded souls and we are devastated that we will not be able to come together this August.

This also means as a company we will have to survive with no income for 18 months. What does this mean for Shambala? Well, for the last two decades we have been a proudly independent event with no external funding, corporate backing or commercial sponsorship. We are led by our values and ethics not by profit alone. There are no adverts in our utopia, only adventures.

The Stark Financial Challenge We Face

  • We now find ourselves in a very grave financial situation. A festival on our scale costs millions to produce. We have already invested significant, unrecoverable costs into Shambala 2020 as well as the ongoing overheads costs simply required to exist. 
  • We have secured a bank loan which gives us a degree of security to work towards next year’s event 2021 event, and we have invited all our 2020 ticket buyers to help by donating £30, only if they can afford to do so.  
  • But this will still not be enough to fill the black hole we are staring at, and now we look to you, our Shambala community and family, to help us get through these turbulent times. 
  • We know that, with a little help from our friends, we can weather this storm and emerge stronger. 
  • Shambala has championed the importance of community resilience for two decades, and now more than ever this crisis has shown how important the concept of ‘Community’ really is. We all need each other in these crazy times not only to survive, but to thrive! 

How You Can Help

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  • We need to raise much needed funds to help keep our Adventures In Utopia alive. The money will help bridge us to next year; covering essential costs, ensuring that our small and dedicated organisation continues to exist (with belts tightened), and are able to produce next year’s festival without any compromise to you, to our ethos or to the quality of the festival. 
  • Shambala is also part of a wider community and ecosystem in the world, and your donation supports this as much as our own core costs.
  • Shambala is too precious to so many people not to exist. It is so much more than a festival, it’s a space that we can live by the values we hold so dearly, and clearly demonstrate a different world is possible. And you, our community and supporters, are an integral part of making this happen. 

We will work non-stop to ensure that Shambala will return next year, stronger and more resilient. We will also continue to develop and support the community initiatives that promote a more sustainable planet, as well as carrying on the work we do with all our creative and charity partners. 

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What We Are Offering

Oh lordy, have we got some serious rewards up our sleeves, from the sublime to the ridiculous - including the opportunity to get married at Shambala 2021 (yes, seriously), the chance to win one of two lifetime tickets (!) and some incredibly beautiful, exclusive art prints, t-shirts and enamel badges from artist Victoria Topping - the creative mastermind of this years Shambala artwork. Check out the rewards section for the full list of what's up for grabs!

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Our Promise To You

With your help, we can in return promise to:

  • Present an incredible musical line up that you won’t find elsewhere – and that perfectly compliments the vibe, atmosphere and rhythm of your weekend.
  • Ensure a complete and total lack of sponsorship, brand activations or corporate bollocks.
  • Give you a thousand chances to participate, whether you’re after escapism, brain food or just tears-running-down-your-legs hilarity.
  • Provide a four day adventure in utopia, where you can play, make lots of new friends and return to the world fuelled up on the beauty of being alive.


A Bit More About Shambala

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  • Pioneering, intimate and truly innovative, Shambala Festival has blended creativity and participation perfectly for two decades. It's a special place where you play, revitalise, and return to the world full of joy.
  • It’s a playground, a realm for wild experimentation and alternative education, where unforgettable life skills are shared, learned and put to use.
  • We are (and always have been) committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible – it’s in our DNA, and our green credentials are considered pioneering, Europe-wide. 
  • We have reduced the carbon footprint of the festival by over 80%, achieved 100% renewable power and recycling rates of 80%. We banned plastic bottles back in 2013 and have since eradicated disposable plastics. We've also been proudly meat and fish free since 2016. 

We see Shambala, as so much more than just a monumental party, it’s a haven, a think-tank, a happening - all infused with a heartfelt, purposeful hedonism. 

Shambala is still run by the same five friends who began on this unexpected journey. For many years, we ran Shambala around day jobs of carpet-fitting, restaurant and youth work. The early days of handmade clay pendants in the place of wristbands may be a distant memory, but the soul of Shambala has not changed a jot since it began – though we’re grateful to no longer have to walk miles to the dial up internet of the local library to send our emails.

We’re all united in believing that a proper party should not come at the expense of a positive future. We’ve been able to live our values through Shambala, and harness the opportunity to celebrate life and inspire change.

Shambala isn’t a product or a brand. It’s got a life of its own, It's a community of thousands, coming together to share ideas, dance until dawn, revel in all the very best parts of being human, and make a contribution to life in whatever way we can.

With your help, we can keep the party going forever.

Lots of Love 

The Shambala Team xxx

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

1250 of 1350 claimed

Guaranteed Shambala 2021 Tickets + Badge of Honour

Shambala sells out well in advance - and the vast majority of 2020 ticket buyers have transferred their tickets to 2021, meaning tickets will be incredibly limited next year!. So to avoid disappointment and guarantee yourself 1 adult spot at the reunion party of the century, pledge £30 to put your name on the presale list and bag yours first. To seal the deal we will even send you one of our exclusive badges of honour too!

£20 or more

2 Shambala Tickets for Life - Prize Draw

Wowzers, a once in a lifetime opportunity to win 2 tickets for life! The lucky winner will have their name pulled out of a hat live on our FB channel when the fundraiser has closed.

£20 or more

25 of 1000 claimed

The Year That Wasn't Exclusive Festival Calendar

How are you going to plan your lives without your beloved annual Shambala calendar? Well, fear not, we are putting together a very special edition full of sumptuous shots of Shambala for every month. It will run from August 2020 till December 2021. The reward includes postage and packing.

£25 or more

24 of 50 claimed

Sounds of Shambala CD Bundle

Get a CD bundle full of music highlighting the best of the fest from over the years

£30 or more

117 of 1000 claimed

Exclusive Limited Edition T-Shirt

Grab yourself an exclusive T-Shirt. Designed by our special guest artist, the amazing Victoria Topping. Super soft, organic, fair-trade cotton. We'll get in touch with you after the crowdfunder ends to sort sizes and colours.

£30 or more

Wildlife Love Bomb

We want to turn our festival site into a haven for all the birds and the bees. Your money will help us plant native trees and wild flowers around the site to help increase biodiversity, and increase wildlife in the local area.

£50 or more

119 of 1000 claimed

Shambala Saviour Art Package

An absolutely must have exclusive A2 art print specially designed for our fund-raising campaign, by the brilliant and highly collectable artist Victoria Topping. We will also send you a limited edition badge of honour and put your name in the hat for a chance to win 2 Shambala tickets for life!

£50 or more

7 of 1000 claimed

The Great Wall Of Shambala

Have your face featured on the Great Wall of Thanks. A giant art installation, inspired by the iconic Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club photo montage album cover. You will be immortalised along with favourite folk of our times, from Greta to Gandhi! We'll contact you to request a photo of you, so our artists can capture your likeness, in ginormous technicolour!

£50 or more

18 of 75 claimed

Unlimited Fairground Rides and Roller Disco for 2

Grab a pass that will make you dizzy with delight! Unlimited rides for you and your best mate on all our fairground attractions and unlimited roller disco passes. Nice!

£200 or more

2 of 12 claimed

Behind the Scenes Tour

Ever wondered what it takes to run the festival? Well, wonder no more, we'll show you! Discover where the magic happens, enjoy a buggy tour of all the secret spots, chill out in the green room, and ask us anything over a slap up lunch with the organisers! (Please note this reward does not include any tickets for the 2021 event)

£250 or more

3 of 5 claimed

'Cheers, Drive!' - Your dedicated baggage buggy!

Not a big fan of travelling light? Imagine having a dedicated festival buggy take taking all your stuff (and you!) from your car (once you've been accredited) and take it to the camping spot of your choice! And even better, at the end of the festival, your driver will take you, and all your stuff back to the carpark. Bliss!

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Be the Main Stage Sponsor (+ 2 adult tickets)

'What the ****? Has Shambala sold it's soul to the devil??' Hell no, this is once in a lifetime opportunity and is ONLY open to individuals, and cannot be used for any commercial gain. We will project the lucky sponsors name loud and proud on our main stage screen, and share only embarrassing photos and heartfelt, irreverent stories of our sponsor throughout the weekend! This prize includes 2 tickets to Shambala 2021.

£2,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Couples Ultimate Love Bomb inc 2 festival tickets

Feel like spoiling your loved one? This is the reward for you. A full-bells-and-whistles luxury glamping package, including a ticket for you and your loved one, a deluxe accommodation, a session in a hot tub, massage for you both, drinks and food vouchers every day and a very special viewing place to watch the legendary Sunday finale show with a bottle of fizz!

£75 or more

50 of 50 claimed

Ultimate Foodie Pass

Graze all day, everyday on your favourite festival food. You can choose from every participating stall at the festival. The pass will give you three meals per day, for the 4 days of the festival. (Festival tickets not included)

£150 or more

5 of 5 claimed

The Booze Key

By claiming this reward you will receive a special key. Your quest will be to find the right treasure box at the right bar, unlock it and get your hands on fistful of drinks vouchers keeping you nicely refreshed all festival long (you must have a ticket for 2021 event and limited to 40 drinks in total)

£300 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Watch a headliner from the Main Stage

Watch one of our headline acts from the stage with a friend and witness the audience go wild, the way the bands do! After the show we'll get you the bands album and T-Shirt so you can relive the experience. (Please note this reward does not include any tickets for the 2021 event. Headliners for 2021 are yet to be announced, but it's our 20th anniversary and they're gonna be EPIC, trust us)

£10,000 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Dream Shambala Wedding

This DREAM package includes 25 adult tickets with dedicated wedding campsite. The legal ceremony will be hosted in the 18th Century Orangery with bubbly & canapés, followed by a RIDICULOUS ceremony/afterparty, hosted by The Dance Off in our new haybale ampitheatre! For the happy couple, we’ll throw in a luxury glamping set up, hot tub, massage & food/drink vouchers for the weekend! Email enquiries@shambalafestival.org if you have any questions.

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