Shambala community help smash festival’s fund-raising target with Crowdfunder appeal

Originally due to mark its 20th anniversary this year, supporters have helped raise £100,000 towards securing the future of the celebrated festival.

By David Jackson
Thursday, 9th July 2020, 3:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th July 2020, 3:08 pm
Supporters of the Shambala Festival have helped it raise more than 100,000.
Supporters of the Shambala Festival have helped it raise more than 100,000.

Supporters of the Shambala Festival have helped raise more than £100,000 through its Crowdfunder appeal.

Like other festivals across the country, Shambala was forced to cancel this year’s event due to the Coronavirus.

Shambala is held in the north of the county and is one of the UK’s most acclaimed festivals, each year attracting tens of thousands of people of all ages.

In a post on the event’s website, organisers said: “The amount you have collectively raised will go a long way towards helping us climb out of the financial hole that losing this year’s income has left us in, and though we don’t really have the words to express our gratitude, we’ll give it a good crack anyway.

“The past few months have been incredibly tough for us – both financially and emotionally – but the support that you, our amazing community has shown us, has absolutely blown our minds.

“You came together and caught us when we were falling – and for that, we will be forever grateful.”

With three days left until the end of the Crowdfunder, 1,933 supporters have helped to raise £102,721.

Shambala fans have been able give money towards different ‘pledges’ which include donating to improving the biodiversity of the festival site, entering raffles for tickets, CD bundles, art packages, behind the scenes tours and the chance to watch a headline act from the main stage.

Two opportunities to have the ‘Dream Shambala Wedding’ have also be snapped up for £10,000 a-piece.

Fans who were hoping to attend this year’s festival have also been able to roll their tickets over to next year, rather than claim refunds.

While there are hundreds of music performances across Shambala’s 12 stages each year, the festival is almost as well known for its array of entertainment which includes cabaret, workshops, inspirational talks, theatre performances and art installations. This year was due to be Shambala’s 20th anniversary.

Shambala 2021 has already been announced and will take place from Thursday, August 26 to Sunday, August 29.

For more information about Shambala, visit https://www.shambalafestival.org/Pledges towards their Crowdfunder can be made at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/keep-our-adventures-in-utopia-safe