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What's in a Name?

Bass Coast has a secret meaning. The name makes sense for an electronic music festival that takes place in the Pacific Northwest, but it’s also an acronym. With the initials “BC,” Bass Coast pays homage to the Canadian province in which the fest takes place. And “Coast” itself also stands for for Community, Organization, Art, Science, and Technology—the principles on which this music festival was founded.

More specifically, since 2008, Bass Coast’s mission is “to contribute to the West Coast arts community, by building a festival with international recognition.” Taking place along the banks of the Cold Water River in the Nicola Valley, the four-day camping event aims to stay small and local. Only 3,000 tickets are sold each year and the fest doesn't have any corporate sponsorship. Local feedback matters, too; when fest-goers requested a move deeper into the woods, organizers abided. And so, cocooned by the Cascade Mountains, Bass Coast serves as both a refuge from contemporary society, as well as a new manifestation of it.

Artistic Inspirations

Co-founders Andrea Graham (who also performs electronic music under the moniker The Librarian) and Liz Thomson, met in Whistler, BC and began creating art projects together shortly thereafter. After going to music fests like Burning Man together, they decided they should bring a similar communal festival spirit back to their home in British Columbia.

Not unlike the construction of the effigy of “The Man” at Burning Man, Bass Coast places a strong emphasis on installation art (if not necessarily the eventual burning of it). Each of Bass Coast’s four stages doubles as a high-tech art installation with projection mapping, multimedia, and world-class sound design by Canada’s PK Sound. The festival even awards numerous grants for large art installation projects (and the application window is between January and March).

All About That Bass

Of course, Bass Coast’s preferred electronica lean also helps to create an immersive experience in and of itself. The thudding, thundering bass lines boom in these natural environs, creating a wall of sound that’s extra insular within the technologically enhanced spaces. And while focusing on new and emerging artists — particularly those from the region — Bass Coast has included artists like Mat the Alien, J. Kenzo, and The Librarian. And Bass Coast now features more than 100 local and international musicians and visual artists.

Babe Coast

Bass Coast is a positively sex-positive place that champions being yourself, no matter what your sexual orientation is. All festival goers are considered "Babes" in the friendly confines of this festival. Bass Coast's Paul Brooks told Fest300 that "Bass Coast is for everyone. We invite everyone to come on site and get in touch with their inner babe." In effect, this is not a dance party strictly for the fit and sexy. Come as you are and you'll feel like a babe.

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From the Organizer

Bass Coast Festival is an independent international exhibition of electronic music and art. Founded in 2007 by Andrea Graham and Liz Thomson, the artist owned and operated event is a distinguished platform for Canadian artists and a springboard for up-and-coming international talent. The natural beauty of British Columbia is a quintessential element of the Bass Coast experience. Our festival site, located outside the city of Merritt, in the picturesque Nicola Valley, invites attendees to be present with nature. Bass Coast prides itself in being an inclusive gathering that brings together people from diverse backgrounds and inspires them to participate to the fullest. We invite you to collaborate with us on the 9th edition of Bass Coast Festival, July 7-10, 2017.

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