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Shambala will go vehicle-free in 2020.

Shambala Festival to ban all motorised vehicles next year

Weeks after confirming cow’s milk will be banned this year, Shambala have announced they will go totally vehicle-free in 2020.

In a world’s first, all audience, crew and artists will be forbidden from bringing cars, lorries, vans and buses into the event. Car parks will be removed and temporary ‘no stopping’ orders will, as usual, prevent vehicles from parking on the road near the event.

In a statement published this morning, Shambala claim audience and crew travel amounts for over 90 per cent of the festival’s travel emissions.

Guided bike rides to Shambala, currently available in partnership with Red Fox Cycling, will be tripled in number for 2020 to support the vehicle ban.

Guided walks will be available from London, Bristol, Birmingham and Sheffield, which include stays in at least 10 campsites along the way.

Over 200 horse drawn carriages will operate a shuttle service from the local train station. A partnership with the Canal & Riverside Trust will provide ‘Shambargs’, dedicated narrow boats which take over six weeks to reach the festival from most locations.

An official paragliding package will also be on offer.

Human chains will be used instead of lorries and vans to bring the festival’s build equipment on site, and local sourced artists will be given preference in the line-up.

Already confirmed are Northampton Harmonica Society, the Great Oxendon Womens’ Institute Choir and the Kettering Kazoo Club.


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