Big news, Shambalans!

On the fourth Thursday of every month, we’ll be releasing a brand new podcast episode, bringing you a selection of the finest of wise words, revolutionary ideas and beautiful stories, on topics like karma, love, death, epiphanies, activism and psychedelics – all recorded on site under the canopies of the Shambala festival.

The sounds of Shambala 2019 will begin to emerge soon, but for now check out season 1 of Shambala Speaks below.

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Episode One: Adventures in Dystopia: Documentary film maker James Jones takes us on a 15 minute audio-journey through his travels to North Korea, the Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and inside The Phillipines’ ongoing drugs war – all places where a fear of ‘the other’ has been used to incite hate. A sombre start, but if we’re to build utopia, it’s helpful to understand what dystopia looks like.

Episode Two: ‘The Year of Psychedelics’. 2018 is the year that psychedelics went mainstream, yet our native ‘magic’ mushrooms are steeped in mystery. Dr. Andy Letcher takes us on an audio journey that ends with some pretty interesting ideas on how psychedelics could guide us out of the global climate crisis.

Episode Three: ‘The Founder of Carbon Neutral’. Who knew that the history of carbon offsetting was so rock and roll? In Episode 3, Dan Morrell, the founder of Carbon Neutral tells his story – from a wild night out with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant to a terrifying car accident, a near death experience and a talking healing tree. Throw in Joe Strummer, Damien Hirst and a little pet shop in Castle Cary and you have one helluva tale. Buckle up!

Episode Four: ‘GRRRL: Not Your Average Girl Band’. Shambala favourites, GRRRL are a revolutionary group of women musicians from marginalised communities around the world, brought together by the project ‘In Place of War‘. Their incredible performances tell stories of life, conflict, inequality and change. Back at Shambala 2018 we ducked into Rebel Soul – our on-site hub of grass roots activism to catch up with GRRRL to talk about music as activism, bringing sound systems to the favalas – and how, in places of conflict, sometimes all you have is music.

Episode 5: ‘Epiphanies – A Doctor’s Job’: Listen to Dr. Stephen Fabes’ whistle stop epiphany. Taking a trip through A&E via veggies in orifices, to a San Fran party gone terribly wrong, Fabes gives us an insight into how we engage with trauma.

BONUS episode: ‘The Trial of Daisy The Cow’: In this very special bonus episode, we take you inside the Trial of Daisy The Cow, on site at Shambala 2018. The initial Trial of Daisy The Cow took place in 2017, in Shambala’s Garden O’Feeden venue, where Daisy (representing the global livestock industry) was put on trial for crimes against the earth. Daisy was found guilty, but launched an appeal. Delve into this courtroom drama to hear from experts, scientists and even hedgehogs – to explore how what we eat literally shapes the world around us, and find out if Daisy will be found innocent or guilty…

Episode 6: ‘Karma, Love & Death’: In this second part of our epiphanies stories Kash Raja tells us a story about his beautiful relationship with his grandmother. A split second misjudgement leads to his grandmother having an accident he feels responsible for. His fear of karmic retribution in the aftermath leads him to avoid driving and air travel – until he has an epiphany at her bedside…

This story was recorded live at Natural Born Storytellers, in the Imaginarium at Shambala 2018 – if you liked this story, check out their amazing podcast where you can listen to loads more. Highly recommended listening.

Episode 7: Newport Free Festival: Putting a free festival on can expose communities that other wise have a limited access to new and exciting music and culture, but putting one on, especially a free one is never easy as Jools Constant tells us in this story about the fight for Newport Festival.
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The Shambala Speaks podcast is lovingly produced by Melissa Kidd and Events in Sound.