Banned Items FAQ

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What is banned and why?

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ALCOHOL

Glass, cans – doesn’t matter. All alcohol is banned. If any is found when you go through Searches, it will be dumped out. We don’t have a beer garden either. This is an alcohol-free event. That might seem weird – I mean, Shambhala is 19+, right? Right. But our age limit is unrelated to the legal drinking age. A long time ago, when the festival was in it’s infancy, we hit a crossroads – do we allow alcohol or don’t we? We wanted the festival we were building to be different from the clubs and the bars. Seeing how frequently fights broke out after the bar helped us make up our minds – that didn’t fit with the vision we had for our festival. So we treaded into unknown territory and banned alcohol. Over the years, we noticed something. Compared to many festivals of similar size that allow alcohol, our festival’s incident rate is way lower. Not only does that make the festival safer – it creates a better vibe. Sound alright to you? Crack a coconut water and join us on the banks of the Salmo River!

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FIRE

No campfires or open flame of any kind! B.C. is extremely dry during August and provincial fire bans are in effect. So, what shouldn’t you bring? Candles, fireworks, fire poi / hoops / other fire toys, fuel (white gas), tiki torches, barbecues, and hibatchi style camp stoves. Wanna decorate your camp with things that light up at night? That’s great! There are tons of great LED and solar light options available now – even el-wire if you want to get really creative. If you’re a smoker please make sure you always have a small container with you to dispose of butts – the grounds are pretty dry and if you toss a butt on the ground, it could easily start a fire. Not to mention that they are litter as well! Be sure to bring a pocket ashtray, or dispose of butts in garbage cans if you are a smoker.

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FUEL

All types of liquid fuel in open-nozzle containers are banned, this includes white gas, kerosene,gasoline in jerry cans, and any other forms of combustible liquid fuel.  Refillable propane tanks are allowed provided they can be shown to be in working order.  We do allow contained “Coleman style” propane or butane cookstoves utilizing propane or butane containers.

Please note that gas powered fire pits, barbecues, and anything else with an open flame are banned and will be confiscated.

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GENERATORS

We don’t allow stand alone gennies or the use of generators built into RVs in the Shambhala Campgrounds. The Campgrounds are pretty densely packed and generators would create both noise and air pollution for your neighbours. There’s no public access to electricity for personal care (ie: hair dryers) at the Salmo River Ranch. Need your phone or camera charged? The General Store offers charging services. If you need electricity to charge your electric wheelchair, or have another medical device that requires power, please contact us at info@shambhalamusicfestival.com so we can arrange access for you. Click here for more info on ShambAbled Camping.

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GLASS

Broken glass can cut bare festival feet – and who wants injured feet when they’ve come to dance? Plus, after the festival is just a dusty memory, broken glass hiding in the grass could seriously injure one of the animals that call the Salmo River Ranch home. Glass is banned to protect you, and our beloved cows, horses, ponies, donkeys and dogs. Banned glass items include large mirrors, drink containers, decorative glassware, etc. Small jars of food (jam, condiments, pickles) are ok, but must be kept inside your camp. Even then – we really recommend transferring these items into small tupperware containers.

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LASERS

No handheld laser pointers. Leave ’em at home. Especially if you spent a lot of money on yours.”But YOU GUYS have lasers!” – Yeah, we do. They’re operated by professionals perched high in lighting towers. Laser pointers can very seriously damage someone’s vision. We’re sure that you’re super careful, but we just can’t take the chance of having them out there on the dancefloor at eye level.

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Illegal Substances

The first word says it all here, doesn’t it? Matters involving illegal substances will be turned over to the RCMP. Period. Paraphernalia for illegal drug use will also be confiscated and handed over to RCMP. Leave it at home!

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MOTORIZED VEHICLES

Because lots of pedestrians all the time, that’s why. Only authorized Shambhala Drivers can operate motorized vehicles during the festival. The motorized vehicle ban includes minibikes, golf carts, ATVs, dirtbikes, motorized couches (yeah, that actually happened), etc. We totally encourage pedal-powered transportation. Bring your bike or bike-like creation!

Drones, quadcopters, and other magical flying machines are also banned, and will be confiscated by Security if found.

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PETS

A festival is no place for pets. It’s hot during the day and you’re not going to be at your camp much. Besides that – dogs in numbers run in packs. And that’s not cool. Leave your pet in the care of someone who loves them or make boarding arrangements. We won’t allow anyone with a pet (including dogs, cats, birds, rats, etc) into the festival. No exceptions. If you see a couple dogs on site, it’s not that someone’s slipped their pet in – those are our farm dogs roaming their territory. They love the festival.

Legally recognized service animals are permitted, but must be pre-registered with us and must be approved by the landowners prior to arrival. Additionally, all service animals attending the festival must be certified in BC, even if they do not reside here. More information is available at http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/guideanimal/q-a.htm#proposed. Emotional support animals, therapy animals, and comfort animals are NOT permitted.

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WEAPONS

Obvious, right? This includes machetes, knives (including swiss army knives / leatherman tools with blades), swords, guns, axes, baseball bats, etc. Anything that could potentially harm another guest can be considered a weapon. Cooking knives must be under 6 inches.

OTHER

Although it does not fit in any other category, feather boas are also banned. These items tend to fall apart very easily and the synthetic feathers are very difficult to clean up. Any garbage that can’t be picked up by us is usually eaten by the cows, so please leave your feather boas at home.

What do I do if I have an item confiscated  at the festival and want it back?

Granted that it is not alcohol, drugs or paraphernalia, we will do our best to return confiscated items after the show. However, there is 100% no guarantee that you will get your items back. Shambhala does not take responsibility for lost or damaged items. We have hundreds and hundreds of banned items checked into our front gate. With our staff dropping to almost nothing by the end of the show, these items become hard to manage and may go missing. The best way to guarantee these items don’t go missing or get damaged, is to not bring them in the first place.

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Comments

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    shoemaican

    May 7, 2014

    I understand the whole good vibes, no drunk idiots thing. Im thinking on going to Shambhala this year, and i will be honest Im going to want to drink. I mean who goes to a rave / dance party where there is no alcohol ? Is this a completely dry event or is there beer tents ect?..

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      Andy

      May 8, 2014

      Shambhala is a completely dry event and any alcohol that is found by our searches at the front gate will be confiscated and dumped. No alcohol is served anywhere on the farm. I hope this does not change your desire to visit the festival. It really is a magical place.

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      Tommie Watts

      May 29, 2014

      its the beautiful thing about shambhala, it keeps the low life alcoholics way away from this festival completely, changing the experience to something extremely unique and organic.

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    cjanik8011

    May 14, 2014

    The weapons category states that all “cooking knives” must be under 6 inches in length. I have a pocket knife somewhat comparable to a swiss army knife with all of the tools and whatnot attached to it, and the blade is about 2 and a half inches in length. It’s not a cooking knife, but I like to have it on me in case of a package needing to be opened or something of that sort. And quite frankly, I feel naked without it. I take it everywhere. Provided that it’s not a cooking knife, but is still shorter than the limit stated, is it allowed or not?

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      Andy

      May 16, 2014

      I have checked with our head of Security and he had some great comments and insight on this subject.

      Small cooking knives are allowed because the common use is that they will be used for cooking, washed, and left at the campsite after preparing food.

      However, a swiss army knife, leatherman, or pocket knife is likely to be carried with you. This poses a greater risk to our community as well as our security staff as it does now count as a concealed weapon.

      A knife can do life-threatening damage, whether the blade is 2″ or 6″ long, for this reason, swiss army knives, pocket knives and leatherman tools with blades are not allowed on the festival grounds.

      If security teams discover them, they will be tagged, confiscated, kept in a very secure location, and available for pickup after the festival.

      Thank you for the great question.

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    Love Levity

    May 26, 2014

    If you want to not lose your knife, just leave it at home. I had brought a nice hammer with me one year for tent pegs or whatever and it was taken along with my nacho cheese(that was inside glass containers). i gave them my name and such and was told i could pick them up after the fest so on my way out i asked about my stuff and they came back with a bag that had my nacho cheese but my hammer was nowhere to be found… 🙁 So if you have an attachment to your knife, leave it at home.

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    David Basu Roy

    June 19, 2014

    hey! just wondering what the issue with white gas vs. propane stoves is? I’ve been camping with white-gas stoves for a couple decades in all sorts of super fry / fire hazard areas and campsites with no issues or bans on their use and am hoping i don’t need to buy a new stove!

    thanks 🙂

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        David Basu Roy

        June 23, 2014

        that’s too bad! propane is a far more wasteful fuel in terms of energy and packaging/storage — hopefully this might be re-thought in future years 🙂

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    curious

    July 7, 2014

    What about small personal amounts of marijuana, perhaps in capsule form, if you have a medical marijuana prescription? Is marijuana even considered a banned substance in BC? I smell it in the air all the time in Vancouver.
    Also, are they doing breathalyzers if you have a glass of wine offsite? My friend has not had a dry days in years and it could be hazardous to his health to go 3 days without!

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      Andy

      July 9, 2014

      Marijuana is still illegal in British Columbia. I would just suggest leaving it at home to be safe even if you do have a prescription. Roadblocks are very common during Shambhala and RCMP will definitely have breathalyzers.

      You are allowed to leave the site and your friend is allowed to have a glass of wine offsite, provided that you are his designated driver and aren’t partaking (BC has a lower legal limit and one drink may put you over the limit). However, our gate search team and security teams have the right to refuse entry to anyone if they suspect they are intoxicated. Shambhala is held on a private ranch and our security teams have the authority to refuse entry to anyone for any reason, so please remember to be responsible and respectful.

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    eugfx

    July 12, 2014

    Shambhala is just part of a 3 week trip to the interior for me and I would like to carry items that would be in the Banned catagory in my car ( tools and such). Would I be able to put these items in a pack and have it held safely by security until my departure?

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      Andy

      July 16, 2014

      Although we do tag high-value confiscated items (such as tools) and offer pickup after the show, we cannot take assume any liability for any lost, stolen or damaged items left in our possession.

      I would suggest trying to find a secure, offsite location to store your tools. We do confiscate many of the same common items from our guests (tools, hammers, shovels, torches, jerry cans, etc.). Despite our best efforts to keep your old hammer separate from another guy’s old hammer, mix-ups do happen sometimes. Best to not leave it to chance.

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        Dawson Kennelly

        July 11, 2015

        I have a similar question on this topic. I will be coming to shambhala and will have a locked chest in my truck for work. Are shovels and hammers ect. fine if it is in a locked chest?

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          Andy

          July 13, 2015

          No. All tools are banned regardless of whether they are in a locked box or not.

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    Alyssa Fox

    July 14, 2014

    Question. What if laser are attached to the top of a staff? Not at eye level. Higher up?

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    Lewis Olmsted

    July 21, 2014

    I saw above someone mention a hammer being confiscated is a rubber mallet used to drive tent stakes an issue?

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      Andy

      July 22, 2014

      I’m not sure if a rubber mallet would be on the banned item list, it is definitely safer than a hammer, but still might be confiscated. The ground on the farm is quite soft, and I have yet to need a hammer in order to drive tent pegs.

      Our security team has the final say as to what is allowed, so if you are going to bring a mallet, please don’t bring one you are super attached to, just in case.

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      Andy

      July 23, 2014

      If security feels that you are not going to be making whipped cream with them, they will likely take them away.

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    jordyncozzuol

    July 23, 2014

    Bringing up legal herbs should not be an issue right? Such as dagga flowers, lotus flower, kanna, kava, katrom, etc. Just wanted to double check beforehand. 🙂

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      Andy

      July 24, 2014

      I am unable to confirm whether this is okay. We leave these decisions up to our security teams to make based on their experience. If you’re concerned about losing it, please leave it at home.

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    mattyh

    July 28, 2014

    Whats the rule on toy guns/water guns. Not anything like replicas, but ones that are obviously fake and for fun (Perhaps to match a costume)

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      Andy

      July 28, 2014

      I’m sure that will be okay, but security does have the final say if they think that your toy gun looks too real.

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    Rachelle Lynn Sparkes

    August 1, 2014

    Hi…I have a question about the refillable propane tanks as our tent trailer has two. It runs our fridge and hot water tank and also our furnace for cold nights in the trailer if it gets too cold. Do we really have to remove them from our trailer? We won’t have a fridge that will store our food for the week then. 🙁

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      Andy

      August 3, 2014

      Hi Rachelle,

      I will try to contact security to see if they have any insight into this situation. If you are planning to leave very soon, I would suggest that you bring them. Security may be ok with having the tanks attached to your RV, but I can’t be certain. However, if Security deems it to be a banned item, they will tag your tanks and allow you to pick them up after the festival.

      Things are ramping up quite quickly and I apologize that I was unable to reply sooner.

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      Jenna Zbitnoff

      August 4, 2014

      Also, you can buy dry ice to line the bottom of your cooler with. Put a fitted piece of cardboard on top of it so u don’t burn your fingers when you’re searching thru the cooler. The dry ice will keep things frozen for days. Good for storing perishables or just saving money on ice

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    breezytreez

    August 1, 2014

    good morning everyone !!! I have a walking stick that has a point on the end used for garbage picking, will this be on the list of banned items ? i understand that it can be used for a weapon so I wont be upset if its not allowed but I would love to pick some garbage ! thank you !! 😀

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      Andy

      August 2, 2014

      That’s really nice of you. It might likely be a banned item, and might not be allowed in, but that’s a great attitude.

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    jami-leanne88

    August 1, 2014

    We have a propane fire pit and were wondering if it would fall under the “no fire” rule? The answer may seem obvious, but we bought it because it was an exception to the “no campfires” rule at Oregon Country Fair, since it’s categorized as a propane cook top. Just wondering 🙂

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      Andy

      August 2, 2014

      This likely wouldn’t be allowed as it is extremely dry at the farm and it would present a fire hazard.

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    Rachelle Lynn Sparkes

    August 3, 2014

    I think my question may have been missed, Andy I see you have been responding, could you let me know about the propane tanks please?

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    Harmonie Spalding

    November 29, 2014

    Hi there 🙂
    I was just wondering if bringing a gazebo and setting up a small tent inside the gazebo is allowed in the general camping area? Thanks!

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      Andy

      December 3, 2014

      You sure can. Please keep in mind though that most tools (hammers, mallets, etc) are considered banned items and won’t be allowed in the gate. If you don’t require smashing tools to put your gazebo together, then you should be good. We always ask that our guests try to maintain a small footprint to give others an opportunity to get a nice camping spot as well.

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    yukonlass

    December 28, 2014

    Hi there,
    I’m planning on attending for the first time in 2015 and will be bringing a mo’home. I’m wondering about the propane tanks that run the furnace and hot water tank. I can’t use the disposable tanks on my system and I’m traveling with a tribe member with MS. Do I have to remove my tanks? As I’ll be driving up from the lower mainland, I’ll need them on the way.

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      Andy

      January 8, 2015

      I think that you will be okay provided that you are not bringing extra propane tanks and will only be travelling with the ones currently hooked up to your motorhome.

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      Andy

      January 8, 2015

      Small camping stoves with small, single-use propane canisters are allowed. Additionally, a small kitchen knife can also be brought with you.

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        Alex Takii-Zamani

        April 7, 2015

        My small camping stove screws onto a single use butane canister. It says on the list that butane is a banned item, is that only referring to refillable butane cans?

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          Andy

          April 10, 2015

          A good question, I will be sure to ask our security team about this to get their feedback.

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          Jules

          April 30, 2015

          It says on the “road to shambhala” page from last year that single use propane and butane cannisters for camp stove use are okay, so I’m assuming that you’ll be fine. A few years ago I killed my Coleman propane stove camping the weekend before shambs (stove vs drunk idiot on ATV) and ended up sharing with the camp next to us and they had a butane stove, so…idk

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    Amber Dawn Meszaros

    April 13, 2015

    Just Curious what is the policy on Hookas? would it be fine if we brought either a glass one, or even a plastic base one? since it would be an object that would remain at the camp?

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      Andy

      April 13, 2015

      It will likely be confiscated. As hookahs use charcoal they pose a fire hazard if tipped over or left unattended. Should probably leave it at home

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    Jules

    April 26, 2015

    Hi, a question regarding sharp items: what is he policy on sewing scissors? I have a sewing kit that has come in handy more than once (For some reason I apparently am rather destructive when it comes to camp chairs, tents, etc). They never leave my sewing kit and they have blunt ends on them, but they’re also useful for opening packages and whatnot.
    Thank you!! <3

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    Laura Ramik

    May 16, 2015

    Hi! Similar question to an above poster. We will be travelling through from Ontario on our way to Oregon. I’m a chef and I’ll have to bring my knife kit with me. Can I arrange in advance to have it held at the gate for me? Or… I don’t suppose that it would be okay just to keep it locked in my car? I definitely don’t need it during the festival, just no option but to bring it with me. Thanks!!

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      Andy

      May 21, 2015

      Hey Laura,

      Although we do tag confiscated items so you can pick them up later, we take no responsibility if your knives are lost, stolen, or otherwise go missing. Obviously, these are high value items, so we would suggest that you find some place to store them off-site. I would suggest calling greyhound stations in nearby Castlegar or Nelson to see if they have baggage lockers that you are able to rent during the festival.

      They would not be allowed through the gate so locking them in your vehicle would likely not be allowed.

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    Jarret Milton

    May 25, 2015

    are glow sticks and non toxic body paint allowed?? its my first time going and I like to really go all out costume wise. thank you !

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      Andy

      May 26, 2015

      Both are allowed. We try to encourage our guests from using chemical glowsticks as they simply burn out and are tossed in the landfill. There are LED options available that are becoming more affordable and can be reused.

      If you do end up bringing glowsticks with you, please dispose of them properly.

      As for body paint, that’s fine, but we ask that you don’t go in the river.

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    Richard Chisholm

    June 27, 2015

    Hey Andy are glass bongs allowed if they are kept at the campsite? And for the new group of people that vape electric epen world wide are those allowed ? They have a tiny glass tank that holds juice made out of Pyrex. Can’t go anywhere without vaping.

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      Andy

      June 30, 2015

      Bongs are a definite no. I would suggest that a vaping pen would be okay though.

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    Leon Weiss

    July 6, 2015

    Can I bring an industrial fan for staying cool in Sunshine? I have brought fans before, but always cheap plastic fans. This is an aluminum blade industrial fan OSHA approved. I know you cannot bring gennys, I have multiple deep cell batteries I use in conjunction with a power inverter to run my powered items while camping. Thank you!

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      Andy

      July 7, 2015

      If it’s running on batteries, that is fine. Please try not to gas out your neighbours if you need to run your vehicle to recharge them though.

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    Hypatia Fulla Wonder

    July 13, 2015

    Hi, I’m surprised to see that First Nations Headdresses aren’t banned. Why is this? Bass Coast has banned them, and I feel that it is an important and respectful move. As a returning Shambhala visitor I’d love to see you guys show the same awareness 🙂 Thanks

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      Jake Dubconscious

      August 1, 2015

      Personally I agree with and applaud Bass Coast’s decision to ban headdresses.. At Shambhala, we find that the festival collectively keeps itself in check for the most part, especially on a topic like this that was so widely discussed last year over festival season. Last year at Shambhala I only saw one headdress. I approached him about it and he explained that he was native, and that it was a family headdress. I saw him again at the Tribe Called Red set at Fractal Forest representing proudly.. Didn’t see any instances of white people wearing headdresses ignorantly last year – not to say that it didn’t happen, as it is possible.

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      Andy

      July 14, 2015

      They aren’t prohibited, but if it becomes a problem then we may be required to change the rules in the future.

      Please be respectful of peoples’ privacy if you are intending to bring any camera.

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    Kyle Hubert

    July 22, 2015

    I know gennies are prohibited but what about a small size, electric air compressor (to run off of a power inverter). We are tossing around the idea of bringing a small bouncy castle and ideally a small compressor will fill it much faster than the small electric pump that comes with it. I guess a good question also would be if the bouncy castle would get taken by security?

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      Andy

      July 23, 2015

      I believe an electric compresser would be okay. Just be mindful of your neighbours.

      I don’t see why a bouncy castle would be taken. Please try to keep it safe though, it would be a shame for your super cool bouncy castle to turn into a pile of garbage.

      I hope the traditional “shoes-off” rule will apply.

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      Andy

      July 29, 2015

      I don’t believe so. Propane is likely limited to cooking devices only.

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    Marilyn

    August 3, 2015

    My friend has a Emotional Support Animals (ESA)….a quiet & friendly dog with the appropriate documents….would there be an exception made in this case to allow him & his dog? (on leash at all times of course)

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      Andy

      August 17, 2015

      We only permit legally recognized Service Animals. Emotional Support Animals are not permitted.

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    Oriaemel Koam Cheras

    August 3, 2015

    Hi Andy,

    So how about didgeridoos? I’m having a hard time imagining someone attacking someone else with their didge.

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      Jake Dubconscious

      August 4, 2015

      I believe I’ve seen Didjiradu’s onsite before, I imagine security will be fine with you bringing one in

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      Fargatron

      November 10, 2015

      Yes we allow solar generators. If you would like to utilize the sun for power, we are all for it. However we do not allow gas guzzling, air polluting, loud generators on the property. Please be respectful of your neighbors while camping, and ensure that noise pollution is not disturbing others around you.

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        Darren Pacey

        January 23, 2016

        I have a small generator that my 20ft trailer uses to keep the main batteries charged. I plan on camping two nights in the kootenays prior to arriving at the farm. I would not need to use the generator at the farm since my batteries would be charged. Are you going to allow me to still bring it on the property?

        Thanks

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          Fargatron

          January 26, 2016

          Great question! Generators are a banned item period. If the generator is attached to your trailer, most likely you will have no problem arriving on the farm with it. However if it is turned on at any point in time during the festival, you may risk eviction from Shambhala. We recommend that you do not bring your stand-alone generators, as it will be up to the discretion of security to allow it on the property or not. The festival does not take responsibility for lost or stolen banned items that are checked in with our security team. The best way to ensure the safety of your item is to not bring it to the farm.

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      Fargatron

      December 2, 2015

      Great question. Although illegal substances are on the banned items list, prescribed medications are not. You won’t require a Dr.’s note BUT the medication has to be in your name (matching ID required), and be in an unexpired prescription container. If you show up with an expired, or suspicious looking container for your medications, there is a good chance that it will be confiscated and handed over to police. What I’m getting at is, don’t put pills in a rainbow unicorn tin and expect that it won’t be suspected as suspicious by our security team. Legit medications that are properly labelled are welcome.

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    Avery Miller

    July 11, 2016

    I have a top with a bunch of little disco ball-esque mirrors glued to it. Would this be acceptable or would it be considered part of the banned items?

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      Andy

      July 17, 2016

      Hey Avery,

      Clothing items like this are usually okay, but it would be at the discretion of our search teams to determine whether this is acceptable. We always suggest to people that if they are very attached to items and don’t want to risk it, they should leave them at home.

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    Jeremy Cook Rader

    July 11, 2016

    I do photography but have not secured a media outlet, was planning on bringing my drone for aerial shots. Is it too late to apply for a press pass? Can I still apply without a dedicated outlet? And can I still bring in a drone (Phantom 4) without a pass? Many thanks in advance!

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      Andy

      July 17, 2016

      No drones are permitted on-site without proper written authorization from the festival (we only have one drone operator that we have provided authorization to). They pose a safety risk to our guests which is why we have included them in our banned items list.

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