INFO

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mission

Shabang unites and amplifies the Central Coast community through an immersive music festival experience. We celebrate the talents of stand out artists and musicians as well as foster a community built on inclusion and creativity.

ETHOS

5 pillars of shabang

The five pillars of Shabang give direction in our past, present, and future: Best of the Central Coast, Overflowing Music & Experiential Art, Good Vibes, Community Participation, Inclusion & Social Responsibility.

 

quality

the best of the central coast

Located on the sprawling grass meadows under Mt Madonna, Laguna Lake Park is a dreamy venue that offers amazing views of the natural beauty in San Luis Obispo. With curated breakout talent and strong ties to the community, we share the voices and stories of Central Coast artisans and beyond by providing them a celebratory spotlight where they can share their gifts with the world. Shabang provides an unparalleled San Luis Obispo Music and Arts Experience where you can do it all!

 

EXPERIENCE

Overflowing Music & Experiential Art

Live music, performance art, food, beer gardens, rock climbing, workshops, yoga, silent disco, games, comedy, live art, burning man art cars, vendors, slacklining, skateboarding, hammocks, VIP, and more! Our goal is to provide the perfect California day where all you need to do is show up ready to go!

 

our Energy

good vibes only

Shabang is all about spreading love and positivity. We have a unique opportunity to cultivate positivity by spreading smiles, compliments, and groovy dance moves. Human connection is powerful and when we show up radiating good energy we improve the experiences of those around us and elevate the mojo!

 

COMMUNITY

participation

Creating a platform for the talented creatives of Central Coast has always been a cornerstone of Shabang’s mission. Tucked between entertainment powerhouses of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Central Coast has historically been overlooked for it’s talent. By featuring local bands, artisans, and vendors, we curate a unique representation of the local arts culture and authentic style of the 805. Shabang encourages anyone to reach out and get involved because when we all work together with a common goal, we are capable of amazing things!

 

safety

inclusion & social responsibility

Creating a platform for the talented creatives of Central Coast has always been a cornerstone of Shabang’s mission. Tucked between entertainment powerhouses of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Central Coast has historically been overlooked for it’s talent. By featuring local bands, artisans, and vendors, we curate a unique representation of the local arts culture and authentic style of the 805. Shabang encourages anyone to reach out and get involved because when we all work together with a common goal, we are capable of amazing things!

 

HISTORY

Shabang was born from a few friends with the idea to throw a concert on a mountain. With an attendance of 20, nobody envisioned what the show called ‘The Last Shabang’ would become. As the sun set and the music guided the herd into the unknown, an overwhelming sense of warmth and euphoria spread through the sparse crowd. They had started something special. The vibe was too good to stop there, so the friends kept it alive and rolling, and here we are today.

Shabang 2022 - 5/13 & 5/14/2022

 

Shabang REBORN - 5/4/2019

 

Shabang XI - 10/20/2018

 

Shabang X - 5/05/201

Shabang IX - 10/07/2017

Shabang VIII - 05/06/2017

Shabang VII - 10/01/2016

Shabang VI - 5/21/2016

Shabang V - 3/05/2016

Shabang IV - 5/9/2015

Shabang III - 1/24/2015

Shabang II - 10/11/2014

The Last Shabang - 6/07/2014

Unfortunately, no media of ‘The Last Shabang’ (which became the first of many) exists. It’ll forever live on in the hearts and memories of a few old school Shabanger’s.

media

“SLO music festival started by Cal Poly students returns after 2-year COVID hiatus

The Tribune, May 14th 2022

San Luis Obispo’s music scene has long been rooted in house shows and young, local bands. That scene is amplified and celebrated at this year’s Shabang Live Music & Arts Festival, which returned this spring after a two-year hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Shabang Live Music and Arts Festival returns to SLO

Mustang News, May 17th, 2022

The Shabang Live Music and Arts Festival returned to Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo after a nearly two year hiatus. The five stages attracted roughly 4,000 guests on Friday and 9,000 on Saturday, as well as 40 artists from all over the country.

“Shabang survival guide: What to expect at the local music and arts festival”

KCPR, May 12th, 2022

Shabang Live Music and Arts Festival will be returning to San Luis Obispo this weekend with a fresh lineup and tons of fun activities for attendees to enjoy.

SHABANG ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL 2022 LINEUP INCLUDING STRFKR, WALKER & ROYCE, TV GIRL, THE KNOCKS & VNSSA

PureTone, Feb. 8th 2022

Shabang Music Productions today announced the performer line-up for its upcoming Shabang Live Music and Arts Festival 2022 event scheduled for May 13 and 14 at Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo.

“Shabang Live Music and Arts Festival returns to SLO

Paso Robles Daily News, Jan. 21, 2022

Shabang Music Productions will present the festival for the first time in two years. After this hiatus, Shabang is coming back bigger than ever with its first-ever two-day format to accommodate their largest line-up of musical performances to date with 50+ acts.

“Shabang Live Music & Arts Festival Returns To SLO For 2022: STRFKR, TV Girl To Headline”

Mustang News, Jan. 20th, 2022

As a once illegal event put on by three music-loving Cal Poly students at the top of Cuesta Ridge, the Shabang Live Music and Arts Festival has grown into a two-day event hosting more than 20 musicians and nearly 7,000 guests.

“LET’S GO IN WITH A SHABANG!

The Festival Voice, Jan. 15, 2022

Shabang Music Productions will present Shabang Live Music and Arts Festival at Laguna Lake Park on May 13th and 14th, 2022.

Shabang Live Music and Arts Festival returns after two-year hiatus

KSBY, Jan. 14th, 2022

After a two-year hiatus, the Shabang Live Music and Arts Festival is returning to Laguna Lake Park on May 13 and 14.

“Shabang is back! SLO County music festival to return ‘bigger than ever’ after COVID hiatus

The Tribune, Jan. 13th 2022

After a two-year hiatus, Shabang Live Music and Arts Festival will return to San Luis Obispo this spring.

"Cherry Glazzer Brings Garage Rock Anthems to Shabang"

Ernie Ball, May 7th 2019

Tucked away among sprawling eucalyptus trees lies San Luis Obispo’s DIY music festival Shabang. What started as merely a few friends playing music on top of Cuesta Ridge Mountain has spiraled into the go-to music event for Central Coast natives…

"With more stages/music, this was the biggest Shabang to date"

Mustang News, May 8th 2019

The desire to grow and improve has been a continual impetus for the Shabang team…

“Shabang: Shut The Funk Up!”

Mustang News, Oct. 25th 2018

T’was the afternoon of Shabang XI and all through Laguna Lake, vendors and artists were singing and stirring. But at the Funk Safari, there was hardly a shout as they danced to house. At the silent disco, guests were wired…

2022 FAQ’s

2022 GENERAL FAQS

When and where is Shabang?

May 13th from 3pm to 10pm & May 14th, 2022 from 12pm to 10pm at Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Rd – San Luis Obispo, CA

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What time does music start?

Music starts at 4pm on Friday, May 13th & 1pm on Saturday, May 14th, 2022.

IS SHABANG AN All Ages event?

Yes. Children 5 and younger get in free.

I live in san luis obispo. how can I get to shabang?

SHUTTLES – For $12, we provide round-trip shuttles from Campus Bottle and the Cal Poly PAC departing every 30 minutes which you can purchase here. You’ll choose a certain time to arrive to Shabang and then can take a shuttle back at any time.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – You can take SLO transit on the 2A, 2B, 3A, and 3B lines and hop off at the Madonna Road at Madonna Plaza stop, which is a 5-minute walk from Laguna Lake Park.

CARPOOL – If you know anyone driving, ask them if you can come along!

RIDE SHARING – Uber and Lyfts are available in San Luis Obispo.

LEGS – Walk, skate, bike, etc. if you’re able to! We are offering a free bike valet service that will operate all hours during the event that is adjacent to the box office.

coming from out of town & want to save on gas or need a ride?

We recommend using Ryde Carpool. You can post your ride offers and requests from anywhere in California!

I'm from out of town. Where should I stay?

There are many places to stay in and around San Luis Obispo. Between airbnbs, VRBOs, hotels, motels, hostels, and campgrounds, you should be able to find something that will work for you.

I want to camp. What campgrounds are near?

Here are some places to camp and the estimated driving time from the venue. Beyond these public campgrounds listed below, there are many private campgrounds and HipCamps around the area!

  • San Simeon Creek – 45 min
  • Washburn (San Simeon) – 50 min
  • Morro Strand State Beach – 20 min
  • Morro Bay State Park – 20 min
  • Cerro Alto – 35 min
  • El Chorro – 10 min
  • North Beach – 20 min
  • Oceano – 20 min
  • Oceano Memorial – 20 min
  • Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreational Area – 20 min
  • Avila Hot Springs Spa & Campground – 10 min
  • Islay Creek Campground (Montana De Oro) – 25 min
  • Lake Lopez – 30 min
  • Santa Margarita Lake – 30 min
  • Lake Nacimiento – 50 min

Are there security and medical teams at Shabang?

Yes! These teams will be on duty all throughout the festival. If you need assistance you can contact any Shabang staff member, volunteer, go to the medical stations or info kiosk.

Is Clothing at Shabang Optional?

Shabang celebrates freedom of individual expression, and while we love all bodies, this is a family-friendly event and the law states public nudity is prohibited.

 

Is Shabang a Drug-Free Event?

Yes. Anyone caught with illegal substances will be escorted from the event and may face legal consequences. SLO PD will be onsite in the event they are needed.

CAN I BRING A PET?

No. Shabang has a strict no pet rule that will be enforced. Only documented service animals required for a disability, and who are trained to handle loud and active environments, are allowed in the festival grounds.

what if my pet is a service animal?

Please email [email protected] to inquire about registering your documented service animal. Please keep in mind, it is illegal to fraudulently claim that your pet is a legitimate service animal.

IS THERE A LOST AND FOUND?

Yes, there is a lost and found booth on-site at the main info kiosk. You can also email [email protected]

WILL THERE BE WATER FOR SALE?

We will have re-sealable alumnimum cups for sale and water refill stations throughout the event. No single-use water bottles will be for sale. We recommend bringing a reusable bottle.

 

WILL THERE BE ALCOHOL SOLD AT SHABANG?

Yes! There will be beer, wine, seltzers, hard kombucha, cider & low ABV cocktails at multiple bars throughout the festival area. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available at the bars. Cash or cards are accepted.

Who should I contact for general festival and event questions?

You can contact us at [email protected]. We try to answer questions as quickly as possible, please allow 24 hours M-F for a response.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED AT SHABANG?

Whether you’re a 5-time vet, or a first-time Shabanger, we ALL take part in creating our community. Take it one step further and get involved in Shabang 2022 by going to our Get Involved page.

 

Is there parking at the festival? Does it cost money?

Yes, there is a $15 parking lot fee for those driving to Shabang.

WHAT IS THE PHOTO POLICY?

By attending Shabang (the “Festival”) you consent to being filmed and or photographed, whereas your image, voice, and likeness may be used by Shabang Music Productions for promotional purposes.

Any photography or video taken at the Festival, whether in digital or analog format, is subject to a mandatory, non-exclusive license to Shabang Music Productions for use in promotional purposes.

Any artwork or performances sponsored by the Festival or taking place on Festival grounds is also subject to a mandatory, non-exclusive license to Shabang Music Productions for use in promotional purposes.

All photographers using 360-degree cameras, DSLRs or cameras with detachable lenses are required to have media credentials to take pictures or video at the Festival.

WHAT IS THE DRONE POLICY?

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all festival attendees, artists, and staff, Shabang Music Productions strictly prohibits the operation of or use of any unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also know as “Drones”, on, from, or above Shabang Festival premises, events or venues without specific written permission from an official of Shabang Music Productions. This includes all UAVs regardless of size, weight, or purpose. If you are found to be using or in the possession of a UAV or “Drone” while at Shabang, it will be confiscated by ground staff and held for the remainder of the event.

Are there ins & outs?

Yes! You may leave the event and return as long as you have a valid wristband.

WHAT CAN I BRING?

  • Allowed Items
    • YES! Good vibes
      YES! Backpacks
      YES! Cameras
      YES! Jackets
      YES! Reusable Water Bottles
  • Prohibited Items
    • NO Glass bottles or glass containers
      NO Generators of any kind
      NO Illegal drugs of any kind
      NO Weapons (Including machetes for opening coconuts)
      NO Fireworks, fire tools or fire lanterns
      NO Pets (Email [email protected] to inquire and register a documented service animal)
      NO Fires
      NO Headdresses or cultures as costumes
  • Security Policy
    • All persons and items are subject to search upon entry by security and law enforcement.
      Security personnel reserve the right to prohibit items seen as harmful, dangerous or not in the best interest of the festival and it’s patrons.

2022 TICKET FAQS

Where do i find my ticket?

Check your email by searching for ‘Eventbrite’ or ‘Shabang’. If you purchased a ticket, a confirmation should pop up. The attached PDF has the QR code you will need to get into the festival.

Take a moment to add your digital ticket to your ‘wallet’ (apple) or Google Pay (android) on your phone for the quickest and easiest way to get into the festival.

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets are on sale now! Click here for Details

do you have payment plans?

The 2022 payment plan will be available starting on 2/10/22. Our payment plan allows attendees to pay in 4 installments.

HOW DO I GET ON A PAYMENT PLAN?

Once on the Eventbrite ticketing page, select “Paypal” as your payment method on Eventbrite’s checkout flow. Once PayPal is selected you’ll see the option to choose between “PayPal” and “PayPal Credit”. Select “Paypal Credit”.

As a ticket buyer/attendee, are there any interest or fees associated with PayPal credit?

There’s no fees or interest on purchases if paid in full within 6 months. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the balance is not paid in full within 6 months. A minimum monthly payment is required and may or may not pay off the promotional purchase by the end of the 6 month period. No interest will be charged on the purchase if you pay it off in full within 6 months. If you do not, interest will be charged on the purchase from the purchase date at the Purchase APR applicable to your account.

How do I redeem my 2020 tickets for the 2022 installment?

If you did not request a refund for your 2020 tickets, please email [email protected] with your legal first name, last name, email you purchased the original tickets with, and a quick explanation of your request. They will get back to you shortly. If you requested a refund for your 2020 tickets purchased, then you should have received it by now. The deadline to redeem your 2020 tickets for the 2022 installment is April 1st, 2022.

I can no longer attend Shabang. Can I have a refund?

All sales are final. No refunds.

Who do I contact with a question or concern regarding purchasing tickets online?

For general questions contact us at tickets@shabangslo.com

If you having an issue with the ticket purchase process, please contact Eventbrite directly

Or call them at: 888-203-5531.

This phone number is for troubleshooting only. Placing orders by phone is not available. All orders must go through ticketing page: www.shabangslo.com/tickets

Do I need a physical ticket to get into Shabang?

No. You need your electronic ticket from Eventbrite and you will then receive a wristband at the Box Office onsite.

I have my friend’s ticket but we’re arriving separately. What should I do?

You’ll have to screenshot the QR code of their ticket and send it to them to present at the Box Office.

 

2022 venue faqs

Is there a lake at Laguna Lake Park?

Yes!

Can we swim in the lake at Laguna Lake Park?

We recommend against it. There have been reports of toxic algae that could hurt you or your pets in recent years. All swimming is done at your own risk.

Is there grass at Laguna Lake Park?

Yes!

Can we have fires and open flame grills?

NO open flame or charcoal grills will be allowed.

What is the terrain like at Laguna Lake Park?

It’s mostly flat with grass & dirt and some rocks. This venue also trees and a beautiful lake for your enjoyment.

will there be a lot of dust?

There is some dust – but not too much. If you’re sensitive to dust, we recommend bringing a scarf or bandana in case the wind kicks up!

Will there be camping?

Not in 2022, but we’ll get there.

Is Laguna Lake Park ADA accessible?

Yes!

is there wifi?

No, but there is service for most providers.

2022 health & safety faqs

How were Shabang’s COVID-19 policies decided?

We follow all local, state, and federal guidelines for events of our size. Our main guidelines are dictated by CDPH’s Guidance for Outdoor Mega Events.

Do I need to be vaccinated to enter the event?

In accordance with local guidelines, there will be no vaccination, testing or masking requirements at Shabang 2022.

Will attendees have to wear masks?

As of now, no, but we will continue to adhere to all local, state, and federal masking guidelines for events of our size.

HOW CAN I GET VACCINATED against covid-19?

To find a vaccination site near you, click here. See you at the show!

 

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