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Case of The Pagoda Mystery Headliner at Shambhala 2015


Everybody is wondering who is the mystery headliner for Shambhala 2015 at the Pagoda Stage.

UPDATE: It was Zeds Dead!

Shambhala Music Festival 2015 is right around the corner and one of the most talked about acts this year hasn’t even been announced yet and won’t be announced until the minute they get onto The Pagoda Stage. There is nothing like a little mystery to build some more hype for an already stellar line up.

The Facts:

  • Squamish Valley Music Festival:
    – This festival is only a few hours away and grabbing an act from them makes a lot of sense.
    – Current shared acts between Sqamish and Shambhala are: The Funk Hunters, Mat the Alien, Skratch Bastid, Vinyl Ritchie, and The Librarian.
    – Air Canada flies from Vancouver to Castlegar 3 times daily (last flight at 3:40PM)
  • Moonrise Festival:
    – There are striking similarities between this festival and the Shambhala Music Festival 2015 line up.
    – Shared acts are: Big Gigantic, Datsik, Zomboy, AC Slater, and Amtrac.
    – Flights from Baltimore to Spokane (where the talent bus picks people up) are brutal. 7 hour flight with a stop over makes for some tight timelines.
  • The Pagoda is usually very good at maintaining a great flow in it’s lineup so the mystery headliner will probably fit nicely between GRiZ and Mila.
  • The Pagoda mystery headliner will be performing 2:30am – 4:30am on Saturday August 8th. (Sunday morning of the 9th)

Artists we know its not due to confirmed bookings on Saturday August 8th:

  • Bassnectar:
    Sorry folks! Confirmed performance Saturday night at Moonrise Festival, Balitmore, MD. Plus, the man of bass has confirmed this himself.
  • Jack U:
    Diplo is playing at the Mad Decent Block Party (NY) and Skrillex is booked at XS Las Vegas.
  • Porter Robinson:
    Will be at Squamish, Outside Lands & Moonrise Festival over the Shambhala weekend.
  • Jamie XX:
    Doing his own thing, the Jamie XX in Colour Tour in New York.
  • Gramatik:
    All the way out in France for Les Jardins de la Plaud.
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    Dillon Francis:
    Another Saturday night Moonrise Festival booking

  • Major Lazer:
    Will also be at Mad Decent Block Party (NY)
  • Hannah Wants:
    Close to “home” as she’s at the Squamish Music Festival but she is scheduled for Saturday night.
  • Big Gigantic:
    Playing at Moonrise Festival on Saturday but will be at The Village Stage for Sunday!
  • Dog Blood:
    Boys Noize is playing in Saalburg, Germany that night and as mention above Skrillex is busy in Las Vegas.
  • What So Not:
    Also a Moonrise Festival Saturday night performance
  • Flume: 
    Since What So Not is on this list that means Flume is a big no swell.
  • EOTO:
    Yet another Saturday night Moonrise booking
  • A-Trak:
    Taking the stage at Squamish Festival this year on Saturday.
  • Destroid:
    Yes, all 3 members will be at Shambhala. But, Excision is still on The Village Stage when the mystery headliner starts.
  • Kaskade:
    Booked at The Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday and Squamish Festival for Sunday


  • Savoy:
    Performing Sunday night August 9th at Moonrise Festival. However, this would be a tough connection to get to Baltimore for the next day. The best flight leaves at 5:45AM from Spokane. With a set ending at 4AM and a 2.5 Hour drive to Spokane, there really is no way Savoy would catch that flight to make their 7:30PM set on Sunday.
  • Zeds Dead: 
    Currently listed at Moonrise Festival for both nights. However, they are also performing Friday August 7 at Mad Decent Block Party Philadelphia. Which is only 2 hours away from Baltimore. Seems unlikely to travel all the way to Salmo, BC after Mad Decent just to head straight back to the East Coast for Sunday.


  • Stanton Warriors:
    Looks like they are in North America around that time and don’t have anything booked until August 22nd in Spain.
  • Mt.Eden:
    They aren’t booked anywhere that weekend and it seems strange for such a big act to have a gap in their tour schedule.
  • Knife Party:
    Knife Party is in Kelowna on July 24th, and they are listed at Moonrise Festival with no set performance time. Quite possible if they are performing Sunday night.
  • Odesza:
    We’d love it if it were Odesza! They are playing at Squamish, but they have to be in San Fransisco on the 9th to play at Outside Lands Music Festival which is only a 5 hour flight away.
  • Gorgon City: 
    They will be doing a DJ Set at Squamish on Friday August 7th that ends at 10pm. Quite possible to head to Shambhala right after for that 2:30 mystery slot with tons of days to make it to Spain for August 14th.
  • Kaytranada:
    Another one performing at Squamish on Sunday August 9th. But with a 7pm set it might be tough to get there.
  • Tchami:
    This one is 8:15pm on the Sunday at Squamish Festival. Is that extra hour enough time to make it there?
  • Slow Magic:
    Performing 7pm Friday at Squamish. Also booked for Splash House in Palm Springs during the 8th & 9th. No schedule released yet so it’s quite possible they are booked for the 9th. It’s only a 5 hour flight from Spokane to Palm Springs… So why not stop at Shambhala after Squamish?
  • Zhu: 
    Shambhala has been know to book new up and comers before they really make it huge. Zhu could very well fit this mould and has a wide open schedule.
  • Deadmau5:
    The dates work, but it would be a weird shift in flow if that’s who The Pagoda Stage booked.

Our best guesses:

  •  Adventure Club:
    They are playing in Squamish on the 9th so it isn’t inconceivable to think they can play both. Plus, this is a perfect sound to follow right after Griz!
  • Disclosure:
    They seem to be a crowd favorite for whose going to be the mystery headliner. No tour dates around that time and it would also be a great fit between Griz and Mila.

We feel that somewhere on this list is the Pagoda mystery headliner. Let us know in the comments if there is someone that you think we’ve missed on our list.

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Alex is the Editor in Chief and one the founders at All You Need is Bass, and is one of the primary contributors. He is a man of many different hats and musical tastes - plus he looks just smashing in a vest!

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