Shankra Festival 2015 18–21.6.2015 – Switzerland
”First edition of Shankra Festival was an adventure of its own kind”
The first edition of Shankra Festival 2015 was an adventure of its own kind. It’s not about quantity. It’s about quality. Maybe over two thousand partygoers. A big enough main floor and a small forest chill-out. Located in a beautiful valley in Southern Switzerland near Italian border in a small Lostallo village. The place itself had a powerful nature energy. Two ice-covered mountains both sides of a long valley covered by a grassland and small areas of forests for camping and a roaming river.
The main dancefloor was covered with multicolour skydiving silk structures and when you looked up to the sky through them you could see the Alps. Behind the DJ-stage was a big mandala deco that we started to call Stargate, because at nigh it was luminous like a portal to another dimension. The sound on the main floor was crystal clear and bass was like bass should be. The line- up was mainly underground. Of course there where old-timers like Space Buddha, Vibrasphere, Asura, U-Recken and Ticon. All of them delivering funky dance sound, even good friend Electric Universe.
What makes party a real lifetime experience, expect nature and weather, which was excellent – sunny skies and hot temperature daytime – is of course the festivalgoers. Like Modern Talking sang in 80’s hit song: “You’re my heart, you’re my soul.” Sometimes I feel that I’m too old for this kind of high octane fun, but when I’m on the dancefloor and I see all those hundreds of happy, smiling people dancing around me, I get into the flow. I forget past and future and I live moment of Zen beauty.
Big plus for Shankra organization, nice first aid ladies and extra plus for www.know-drugs.ch people, who was doing really good job delivering online information about all kind of substances, giving free water and fruits. There were also fresh water spots all round. The bazaar and food area were well worth of it. There was even a horse stable and you could see horses hanging on field when passing to main floor.
It was nearly 6’oclock early Sunday evening and the music was still blasting. There was Martin from Human Element kicking the dust. And at the end there were lot of deejays, beautiful girls and of course main man Mahi with his brother Madu, Sophie and all the other Shankra posse on the main stage. It was time to say goodbye and thank everyone. So what can I say? Maybe one of the best parties in my life over the years and there’s been a lot of them. With my whole heart. Sisters and brothers. “Love, respect and friendship”, like my ninja master used to say.
See you at Shankra Festival 2016, which will take place again from the 20th to the 24 July.
Written by: Markku “Cosmo” Salmi
If you missed Shankra Festival 2015, here’s a teaser for the upcoming festival: