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The DMNW Shambhala Stage-by-Stage Preview: The Fractal Forest

Fractal Forest


The Fractal Forest joins The Pagoda as the last stages open on Saturday of Shambhala, beginning festivities at 4 p.m. Fattycakes gets us started, and is followed by Kelowna’s JGirl & Manousos, before one of our most anticipated sets of the festival. From 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., renowned DJ The Gaff is joined by Shambhala-regular and fan-favorite Mat The Alien for what will undoubtedly be one of the best sets of the weekend.

Every night at Shambhala is full of great DJs, but the Fractal Forest always manages to snag the best of the best, and Saturday at the stage is another prime example. Following The Gaff & Mat The Alien, DJ Nu-Mark takes the stage at 8 p.m. A founding member of Jurassic 5 and accomplished solo artist, DJ Nu-Mark will be the perfect lead into Questlove at 9 p.m.

Another fantastic booking the likes of which we’ve become accustomed to at this point, Questlove’s set at the Fractal Forest will be packed. The face and heartbeat of massively influential hip-hop band The Roots, Questlove’s resume’ is one of the most unique at Shambhala, and we expect a similarly one-of-a-kind set from the legendary artist. He’s followed by another founding member of Jurassic 5, Cut Chemist, who’s skills on the decks are never in question.

Another set, another great turntablist, as Toronto’s Skratch Bastid performs from 11 p.m. – 12 a.m. at the Fractal Forest. The stakes continue to get raised though, as Los Angeles-native Z-Trip is on the decks from 12 a.m. – 1:30 a.m., and one of our ‘must-see’ sets of the festival in A.Skillz does the same from 1:30 a.m. – 3 a.m. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better block of pure DJing talent than Saturday at the Fractal Forest performing not only at Shambhala, but any festival around.

British artist Featurecast will be bringing the breaks to the Fractal Forest as we wind-down day two at the stage, performing from 3 a.m. – 4:30 a.m. Closing out the fun is Calgary-born Neighbour, taking the stage from 4:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.


Yeah, we know that The Pagoda and The Village are loaded on Sunday, too. And, although we’ll be spending plenty of time at the Fractal Forest on days one and two, there’s a lot we’re excited for on day three. Not the least of which is the way the stage opens, with the Fractal Funk Jam hosted by Smalltown DJs from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. A set that every attendee should make some time for, the Fractal Funk Jam is exactly as much fun as it sounds, and we won’t be missing out.

At 7:30 p.m. we get a special late-notice treat, a second set from fan-favorites SkiiTour. They’re pulling double-duty, like many artists at Shambhala 2016, coupling their Thursday set at The Amp with 90-minutes of fun at the Fractal Forest. Germany-based Purple Disco Machine takes the stage from 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., before a pair of Chicago’s finest teach us a thing or two about DJing.

Felix Da Housecat is well-traveled, and has worked with renowned artists throughout the globe. His set from 10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. is one we would advise you not to miss, especially with Green Velvet on stage afterward from 12 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. The house music will be loud and plentiful in the Fractal Forest, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. While these sets are fantastic, the set at 1:30 a.m. has every attendee’s attention.

One of the best bookings, and stage-couplings, of the festival is Ghastly’s performance at the Fractal Forest from 1:30 a.m. – 3 a.m. Sunday at Shambhala is absolutely stacked from stage-to-stage, but there may not be a more widely-anticipated and intriguing set than his. There are many things that set Shambhala apart from the rest, and you can add Ghastly in the Fractal Forest to the ever-growing list.

Dr. Fresch continues the fun from 3 a.m. – 4:30 a.m., and DJ Slynk takes over from 4:30 a.m. – 6 a.m., and we won’t be missing his set. One of our favorite performances of last year, DJ Slynk will have many of us pushing the our bodies limits on day three of the festival. Then, Fractal Forest stage director and creator Rich-e-Rich closes out the stage in the way only he can: a six-hour set from 6 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday morning. Being the last stage open at Shambhala 2016, the Fractal Forest is the place to fit-in all of your last minute dancing.

Let us know what you think of the acts performing at the Fractal Forest this summer! We know we’ll be spending a fair share of our Shambhala-time getting funky in the forest this August. Comment below, on Facebook, or reply on Twitter!

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