Celebrating its 20th year, Shambhala Music Festival, held in the Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia has been forced to cancel the last day of the festival. Around 80 performances were set to play Sunday of the festival, but due to increasing concerns from the McCormick Creek Wildfire approximately six miles from the site, organizers were forced to shut down the event and have released the following statement:
"Due to the McCormick Creek wildlife and after consulting with the local government Shambhala Music Festival Ltd. has decided to issue an early closure this year.
While there is no immediate threat to the festival or its attendees, we believe it to be in everyone’s best interest to allow adequate time to vacate the area safely.
Programming for Saturday evening will continue as planned, however, we encourage guests to make necessary preparations for an efﬁcient exit of the site by getting a head start on packing up their campsite and belongings.
In order to maintain order while vacating, we would ask our guests to:
Begin to pack your vehicle
Designate a driver
Be well rested
Plan your route home"
REZZ, Bleep Bloop, Delta Heavy, Liquid Stranger, Jauz, Haywyre and more were all slated to play Sunday. Organizers will not be issuing refunds as they are expected to lose about $500,000 in revenue.
It has been noted that the area is on an evacuation alert and not order, but due to only one road connecting the festival site to the highway, they are forced to end early before any immediate danger emerges. We hope that everyone gets home safe.