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Shambala Festival 2007

After a well-earned Glasto-style year off, Shambala is back for its sixth event this August bank holiday weekend (24-26). Set on a stunning new secret site of ornamental lakes, mature woodland and landscaped gardens in Northamptonshire, the festival aims to get you grooving to the music while offering a multitude of activities you won't get at V and the like. A festival for festival-goers, Shambala is cherished by a loyal crowd for its warmth, diversity and authenticity as a grass roots event.

Unlike most festivals, the music line-up is kept secret until the weekend of the event itself. It promises eclecticism though, from Balkan brass to broken beats, folk to funk, electric to electro. Previous artists have ranged from The Bees, The Egg, Ska Cubana, Vjamm All Stars, Dj Die, Cassette Boy, to world-renowned Zimbabwean mbira player Chartwell Dutiro. Music, however, is considered the soundtrack to the festival. Away from the three music stages, there is much more to experience, and crucially, to take part in.

This year, festival-goers can learn classic tea dances, Jive, Swing and Hula dancing in the dance workshop space. Exciting new developments include a medieval sports day judged by Gurning world champion Tommy Matisson, a field of hot-tubs and a speed dating night. Cutting edge cabaret will be a major focus, and you can get yer freak on at the Saturday night fancy dress party, this year themed the Festival of Freaks! Other highlights include 30 international artists working in woodland and lakes to create a breathtaking audio-visual installation. Meanwhile, a designated kids area demonstrates the festival's family-friendly attitude.

Tickets cost £79 per person and are selling like decidedly warm cakes. To get yours or get more info, just visit the official Shambala website.

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