The Shambhala Music Festival, held annually near Salmo, won “Best Large Festival” at the 10th annual Breakspoll International Breakbeat Awards.
Others in the category include Burning Man, which draws more than 50,000 people to Black Rock Desert in Nevada, and the UK’s Glastonbury, which more than 150,000 attend.
Shambhala’s annual draw of 10,000 grew from 500 in 1998.
“The festival has already been experiencing it’s strongest year of sales on record and is over half sold out, even though the talent lineup for 2011 wont be released until March 14, “ wrote the festival’s Ricardo Hubbs.
Brittany Gilchrist, the social media manager for the festival, recognized breakbeat as a constant at Shambhala, but said the festival was better described as “a collection of different sounds. There’s a little bit of everything here.”
For information about the Breakspoll awards, visit www.breakspoll.com. For the festival, visit www.shambhalamusicfestival.com.