Shambhala has been through one of the biggest organizational roller coaster rides of its tenure over the course of its 2017 edition. With the McCormick Creek fire raging unhindered across the Salmo river and poisoning the air with smoke, the iconic festival decreed an early closure on Saturday after deliberation with county fire officials.
A last-minute change of climate became its saving grace on Sunday morning, however, and as of publication time, Shambhala will be able to finish out strongly after all. “After hours of meetings and consultation this morning, the RDCK, other local government and a fire behavioural analyst, we been have been approved for Shambhala Music Festival to remain open for our final night,” the festival posted on its social media pages. They also advised to be patient while re-entering the grounds, and that they’d have an updated schedule as it came available.
Elevated spirits of festival-goers will certainly make August 13, 2017 an unforgettable day in Shambhala’s history.