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WHERE TO STAY

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SHABANG HOTELS

Stay with other Shabangers at The Kinney & La Quinta hotels which walking distance to downtown SLO! We have different hotel packages depending on your needs. Friendship is included here with your lodging.

HOTELS

A variety of hotels & motels are available to be booked in San Luis Obispo and the surrounding cities. 

HOME RENTALS

A variety of home and room rental properties are available to rent in San Luis Obispo and surrounding cities. Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway offer rentals in the area.

SHABANG HOTELS

Stay with other Shabangers at The Kinney & La Quinta hotels which walking distance to downtown SLO! We have different hotel packages depending on your needs. Friendship is included here with your lodging.

HOTELS

A variety of hotels & motels are available to be booked in San Luis Obispo and the surrounding cities. 

HOME RENTALS

A variety of home and room rental properties are available to rent in San Luis Obispo and surrounding cities. Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway offer rentals in the area.

CAMPING

PUBLIC CAMPGROUNDS

A variety of public camping options are available near Shabang’s venue.

PRIVATE CAMPSITES

A variety of private camping options are available via Hip Camp near Shabang’s venue.

free dispersed camping

A variety of free dispersed camping options are available near Shabang’s venue, mainly TV Tower Road (20 min from venue) & Pozo (30 min from venue).

PUBLIC CAMPGROUNDS

A variety of public camping options are available near Shabang’s venue.

PRIVATE CAMPSITES

A variety of private camping options are available via Hip Camp near Shabang’s venue.

free dispersed camping

A variety of free dispersed camping options are available near Shabang’s venue, mainly TV Tower Road (20 min from venue) & Pozo (30 min from venue).

TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORT

SHUTTLES

We have shuttles that depart every 30 minutes 5.5 – 5.6 to & from the venue, leaving from the Cal Poly PAC & Campus Bottle in San Luis Obispo. These will become available in January, 2023.

DRIVE & PARK

You can drive & park at our venue! No need to pay in advance.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

There are several bus routes that’ll take you to & from our venue! These rides are free for students and cheap for non-students.

RIDE SHARING

Uber & Lyft are widely available in San Luis Obispo. We recommend shuttling if possible since ride sharing apps tend to surge during our festival.

BIKE

The cleanest form of transportation! Ride your bike to our venue and lock it in on a bike rack.

SHUTTLES

We have shuttles that depart every 30 minutes 5.5 – 5.6 to & from the venue, leaving from the Cal Poly PAC & Campus Bottle in San Luis Obispo. These will become available in January, 2023.

drive & park

You can drive & park at our venue! No need to pay in advance.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

There are several bus routes that’ll take you to & from our venue! These rides are free for students and cheap for non-students.

RIDE SHARING

Uber & Lyft are widely available in San Luis Obispo. We recommend shuttling if possible since ride sharing apps tend to surge during our festival.

BIKE

The cleanest form of transportation! Ride your bike to our venue and lock it in on a bike rack.

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, Dairy Creek Golf Course 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

GENERAL FAQS

When and where is Shabang?

May 5th from 3pm to 10pm & May 6th, 2023 from 12pm to 10pm at Dairy Creek Golf Course, 2990 Dairy Creek Rd – San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

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What time does music start?

Music starts at 4pm on Friday, May 5th & 1pm on Saturday, May 6th, 2023.

IS SHABANG AN All Ages event?

Yes!

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

SHUTTLES – We provide round-trip shuttles from Campus Bottle and the Cal Poly PAC. You’ll choose a depature window to arrive to at the pick-up location and then you can take a shuttle back at any time. Click here to purchase a shuttle pass.

PRIVATE SHUTTLE – You can arrange for a private shuttle to pick up you and 13 friends at a location of your choosing to drop you off and pick you up from the festival. Only 1 trip is provided back for the group. The trip back can be taken anytime after 6pm. Click here to purchase a private shuttle.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – You can take SoCO Transit on the 12S line and hop off at the Cuesta College stop, which is a 5-minute walk from Dairy Creek Golf Course.

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 – Bike, etc. if you’re able to!

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 as well as free dispersed camping.

  • 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 recommend bringing a reusable bottle as there will be water re-fill stations. There will also be re-usable aluminum water bottles for sale.

 

WILL THERE BE ALCOHOL SOLD AT SHABANG?

Yes! There will be cocktails, beer, seltzers, and hard kombucha 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 36 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 2023 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?

No! If you leave the event, you will not be able to re-enter.

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 Alcohol 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.

TICKET FAQS

Where do i find my ticket?

Check your email by searching for ‘TixR’ 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?

Yes! Select ‘Payment Plan’ when checking out on TixR. We require a 25% deposit and then you can pay off the remaining balance in 3 additional payments leading up to the festival.

HOW DO I GET ON A PAYMENT PLAN?

When checking out on TixR, select ‘Payment Plan’

are there any interest or fees associated with the payment plan?

There is a $10 payment plan fee.

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

All sales are final. No refunds.

How do I transfer my ticket to another person?

If you have an account with Tixr, simply log in and go to MY EVENTS. From there, select the ticket(s) you want to transfer and enter the email address you want to receive the transfer offer.

Does the other person need to have a Tixr account to accept or decline the transfer?

Yes. When the other person receives the Fan Transfer email, if an account does not exist, the recipient will be prompted to create an account in order to check out an accepted transfer offer. Please note that in order for your friend to claim the transfer offer, the recipient’s email address must match the email address you submitted during the transfer process. 

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

Via web using support.tixr.com (preferred) or via email using [email protected] or via Facebook message.

For inquiries that cannot be answered by TixR, please contact us at tickets@shabangslo.com

Do I need a physical ticket to get into Shabang?

No. You need your electronic ticket from TixR with the QR code 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?

Screenshot the QR code of their specific ticket and send it to them to present at the Box Office.

 

venue faqs

Can we swim in the lake at DAiry Creek Golf Course?

No!

Can we have fires and open flame grills?

NO open flame or charcoal grills will be allowed.

What is the terrain like at DAIRY CREEK GOLF COURSE?

It’s somewhat hilly with grass covering most of the grounds.

will there be a lot of dust?

There is little dust at Shabang. 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 2023, but soon!

Is Dairy Creek Golf Course ADA accessible?

Yes!

is there wifi?

No, but there is service for most providers.

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 2023.

Will attendees have to wear masks?

Nope! We will continue to adhere to all local, state, and federal masking guidelines for events of our size.

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