Shambala is the perfect alternative to the normal August Bank Holiday beach trip, instead of nightmare traffic jams and sweaty cars this magical corporate-free festival is a Pandora’s Box of eccentric surprises played out to an eclectic soundtrack.

Over 100 artists grace Shambala festival’s line-up across three stages with much more to be discovered at the Cabaret Village, Multi-Media Blackout tent, Healing and Craft areas and the Rebel Soul Village – home to campaigns, workshops, cinema and debates.

Jump right in and get involved in the traditional Fancy Dress Carnival, the gurning competition or get wet in the hot-tub field. There is even an old-fashioned boozer with organic ales, speciality ciders and a beer garden.

Shambala 2011 tickets include camping for the weekend.