What Is Bass Coast?

BASS COAST FESTIVAL is an eclectic offering of emerging electronic music, art, ideas and technology. Nestled in the natural beauty of British Columbia’s Nicola Valley, Bass Coast’s intimate size and setting puts you close to the action: 100+ international and local artists, immersive audio-visual environments with world class sound design by PK Sound, illuminating workshops and dozens of original art installations. Attendees camp on site for the duration of the festival.

 

 

 

 

Driving

See our detailed directions page.

Ride Share

Join the Bass Coast Ride Share page on Facebook and communicate with other travellers as they make their plans. Request to join the page HERE.

 

 

 

 

Bus

Major travel routes pass through the City of Merritt. Greyhound offers service, stopping at the Wagon West Travel Plaza, located at 3999 Airport Road.

The bus stop is about a 12 minute cab ride from the Bass Coast Festival site. Find directions to Main Gate HERE.

 

 

 

 

Flying

If you're travelling from another country, Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is the nearest international airport to the festival site.

The closest regional airport is Kamloops Airport (YKA).

Find travel directions to Bass Coast Festival from Kelowna or Kamloops HERE.

 

 

 

 

Entering the Gate

Our gate staff work hard to keep everyone safe. Be patient and courteous with our staff. Abuse of any kind will result in you not getting into the festival. 

Bring your ID. Government issued ID is required through the gate as Bass Coast is a 19+ event.

Bring your print-at-home ticket already printed out.

Check out the gate hours and arrive on time. There will be no entry after the gate is closed.

Your vehicle and belongings are subject to search, so be prepared to open up everything for our security staff including luggage, coolers, RVs, etc.  

 

 

 

 

Camping Essentials

The following items are essential for getting the most out of your Bass Coast Festival experience:

-Tent

-Sleeping bag and blankets

-Solid footwear

-Flashlight

-Warm clothing

-Refillable water containers

See our First Timer's Guide for more tips on what to bring. 

 

 

 

 

Banned Items

The following things are banned from coming in the gates and will be seized by security: 

- Glass (especially bottles & mirrors)

- Alcohol (drinks will be available at our on site bars)

- Illegal substances- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors

- Fireworks or Flares- Fire dancing equipment

- Weapons - Speakers and sound systems (no renegade stages please)

- Animals (service animals must be registered at the gate)

- Aerial drones

- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized solicitations (handbills, sampling, giveaways, etc.)

- Glitter (if you must use glitter, only use biodegradable glitter)

- War bonnet style headdresses. Learn why HERE.

Any items that are culturally inappropriate: General Rule: If the item or look in question is traditionally used by a community or culture other than your own to express religious beliefs, political statements, or respected status within that culture, leave it alone. 

 

 

 

Arrival

All general admission ticket holders enter through the Main Gate. Please have your government issued photo ID and general admission ticket ready. Find directions to Main Gate HERE.

Main Gate closes for a period of time each night. Please have a close look at Main Gate hours HERE. Do not camp on the road while Main Gate is closed. You will be asked to move by event staff or police.

 

 

 

 

Ticket Help

If you haven't received your ticket via email, please check your junk mail for an email coming from tickit.ca

You can request that your ticket is resent here: basscoast.tickit.ca/resend

For all other ticketing questions, please email customer service at https://basscoast.tickit.ca/help

 

 

 

 

Transferring Tickets and Will Call

If you are considering buying a ticket from someone, or if someone is transferring you a ticket, please visit basscoast.tickit.ca/transfers or basscoast.tickit.ca/resales to verify its authenticity.

If you wish to leave a ticket at the gate for a friend, you can do so for a $15 Will Call fee. 

 

 

 

 

Day Passes

Bass Coast Festival DOES NOT SELL single day passes. There are no Sunday tickets.

Please plan accordingly.

 

 

 

 

Thursday Entry

THURSDAY ENTRY grants general admission ticket holders access to the festival grounds starting 9AM on July 11. Only 2000 early entry passes are available and they must be purchased online before the event. In order to gain Thursday entry you must must have a general admission ticket and an Thursday entry pass.

Thursday entry passes are not available for purchase at the gate. No exceptions.

 

 

 

 

Purchasing Tickets

BEWARE OF UNAUTHORIZED TICKET SELLERS. If you purchase a ticket from a third party, Bass Coast Project Ltd. will not guarantee that the ticket is valid and you may be denied entry to Bass Coast Festival.

Once tickets have sold out we will enable our secure ticket resale feature, where you can sell tickets at face value securely through the Tickit site. Details about secure resales are here: https://basscoast.tickit.ca/resales

PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE - ONLINE ONLY

The payment plan allows you to split your purchase into 3 equal instalments. Instalments come out every 30 days starting on the purchase date. All purchases and partial purchases are NON REFUNDABLE. Minimum purchase amount is $299. All regular fees are added to the first instalment plus a $6 instalment fee. The Tax is split over 3 instalments. If a payment is missed, you will be notified immediately by email. The system will automatically try the transaction again each day until it goes through. If payments have not been caught up by June 1st, your order will be cancelled and the deposit will not be refunded. You can access payment status, update credit card info, and make early payments on your download page. Check your email receipt from TICKIT.CA for the link to your personal download page. If you cannot find your email receipt go here: basscoast.tickit.ca/resend. All purchases are non refundable, no exceptions.

VOLUNTEERING

Apply to be a member of Bass Coast’s volunteer team here. Applications open later in the year. 

 

 

19+

BASS COAST FESTIVAL IS A 19+ EVENT.

All attendees must have valid government issued photo ID to enter. 19 is the age of majority in British Columbia, Canada. Regardless of the laws in your home province or state, you must be at least 19 years of age to attend this event. NO EXCEPTIONS. If your 19th birthday occurs during Bass Coast Festival, you may arrive on the day of your birthday.

 

 

 

 

Date & Location

The 2019 edition of Bass Coast Festival takes place July 12-15, in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. General admission begins July 12. If you wish to arrive on July 11, an Thursday entry pass must be purchased before the event.  

Get detailed directions HERE.

The music ends at 8am on Monday July 15. We ask all guests to leave the festival site on Monday July 15. Please ensure that your driver is well rested for the departure.

 

 

 

Bar Service

Enjoy full bar service at Bass Coast Festival. Our licensed bars carry a wide selection of premium beers, ciders and spirits. Alcohol can only be purchased and consumed in licensed areas. 

VEHICLES WILL BE SEARCHED upon entry to the festival site for alcohol and other banned items.

 

 

 

 

Please Don't

THIS IS IMPORTANT:

-Don't camp on the road before gates open. Those obstructing local traffic will be forced to move.

-Don't leave any waste on site. This is a leave no trace event. Pack it in and pack it out.

-Don't expect to buy a Thursday entry pass at the gate. Thursday entry is available by pre-sale only.

-Don't start a fire. BBQ’s and Camp stoves are allowed, but no open flames please. Fire spinning is not permitted at Bass Coast. 

-Don't obstruct the flow of the Coldwater River. It's a natural salmon spawning area.

DON'T BRING ANY OF THESE PROHIBITED ITEMS ON SITE:

- Glass (especially bottles & mirrors)

- Alcohol (drinks will be available at our on site bars)

- Illegal substances

- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors

- Fireworks or Flares

- Fire dancing equipment

- Weapons

- Speakers and sound systems (no renegade stages please)

- Animals (service animals must be registered at the gate)

- Aerial drones

- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized solicitations (handbills, sampling, giveaways, etc.)

- Glitter (if you must use glitter, only use biodegradable glitter)

- War bonnet style headdresses. Learn why HERE.

- Any items that are culturally inappropriate: General Rule: If the item or look in question is traditionally used by a community or culture other than your own to express religious beliefs, political statements, or respected status within that culture, leave it alone. 

 

 

 

Re-entry

We strongly encourage you to stay with us on site for the entire event.

In an effort to keep vehicle traffic on site to a minimum, A RE-ENTRY FEE OF $15 per person is in effect.

 

 

 

 

Vehicle Searches

ALL VEHICLES ENTERING THE FESTIVAL SITE ARE SEARCHED for alcohol, illegal substances, animals, glass bottles and mirrors and other banned items.

Do not bring any of these prohibited things on site:

- Glass (especially bottles & mirrors)

- Alcohol (drinks will be available at our on site bars)

- Illegal substances

- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors

- Fireworks or Flares

- Fire dancing equipment

- Weapons

- Speakers and sound systems (no renegade stages please)

- Animals (service animals must be registered at the gate)

- Aerial drones

- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized solicitations (handbills, sampling, giveaways, etc.)

- Glitter (if you must use glitter, only use biodegradable glitter)

- War bonnet style headdresses. Learn why HERE.

- Any items that are culturally inappropriate: General Rule: If the item or look in question is traditionally used by a community or culture other than your own to express religious beliefs, political statements, or respected status within that culture, leave it alone.

 

 

 

 

Directions

See our detailed directions page.

 

 

 

 

Gate Hours

MAIN GATE

Thursday July 11: 9am - 10pm (Thursday entry pass holders only )
Friday July 12: 9am - 2am
Saturday July 13: 9am - 6pm
Sunday July 14: 9am - 6pm

STAFF GATE (not for GA passes)

July 1 - July 6: 9am - 5pm

July 7 - July 9: 10am - 12am

July 10 - July 13: 9am - 1am

July 14: 9am - 10pm

July 15: 9am - 6pm

 

Thursday Entry

Gates are open THURSDAY JULY 11, 9AM-10 PM for Thursday entry pass holders only. You must have a Thursday entry pass, (one Thursday entry pass per person), a general admission ticket and government issued photo ID in order to enter on July 11. 

Thursday entry passes are not available for purchase at the gate. No exceptions.

HOURS

July 11: 9am - 10pm    (only available with a pre-purchased early entry pass) 

This year we have more choice camping than ever before and we are asking our Thursday Entry guests to arrive Thursday morning at the earliest. We cannot have vehicles parked on public roads around the festival site. Vehicles arriving before Thursday morning and park on public roads will be processed at the entry gates only after those who showed up in the morning as requested. We always try to be good neighbours and respect the community that hosts us.

 

 

 

 

Respecting The Land

Bass Coast Festival is a LEAVE NO TRACE event.

Attendees are responsible for keeping their campsites clean and packing out all waste at the end of the event. Please keep this in mind as you prepare for the this event. Buy quality camping equipment that will last and remove packaging from equipment and food before you come on site.

 

 

 

 

Accessibility

ACCESSIBLE CAMPING is available for those with limited mobility. The accessible camping area has power for battery charging and a wheelchair accessible porta-potty.

There is an Accessible Shower located at the Camp B Satellite Store reserved for Accessible needs only.

LOCATION Accessible camping is on the festival side of the river. Please enter the festival via the STAFF GATE. Park in the temporary parking lot and go into the staff gate office to request an Accessible Parking Pass. The gate staff will direct you to the reserved accessible camping area. Only one vehicle per group is permitted in this area.

GETTING AROUND The festival grounds are flat dirt and grass pathways. All the stages, workshop areas, bars, and first aid are accessible by wheelchair however it is a little bumpy in places.

Please contact accessibility@basscoast.ca to let us know if you will be attending with accessible camping needs.

 

 

 

 

Campgrounds

FESTIVAL CAMPING

Part of the fun of Bass Coast Festival is camping on site. Your festival ticket includes access to spacious camping areas. Most attendees camp in tents. In most areas you can camp with your vehicle and RVs are permitted, however, there are no RV hookups on site. Free potable water is available at multiple locations, so make sure you bring refillable containers.

TENT ONLY ZONE:

The tent only zone in Campground B is designed to create more riverfront and shaded access for tents only. We will only allow tents, there will not be any vehicles allowed in this marked off tent only zone. The drop off and parking for this section will be located near the Camp B Satellite Store.

 

 

 

 

Showers

There are 24 showers located at the Satellite Store in Camp B.

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Conduct

Bass Coast is a safe space for everyone. All attendees are responsible for maintaining a culture of mutual respect and taking care of one another. If someone is unwell, help them get access to medical services. If someone is acting recklessly or harassing others, inform a member of the security team.

You can read Bass Coast’s Code of Conduct here.

 

 

 

Harm Reduction

In accordance with Canadian law, Bass Coast Festival is a drug-free event. However we realize, regardless of the law, our Harm Reduction plan and gate policies, and the inherent dangers of illicit drug use, some may still choose to use these substances.

With this in mind, we have a proactive approach to Harm Reduction. Our goal is to empower our peers to positively influence their own health and safety by providing some tools and information regarding harm reduction, and will do so leading up to and throughout Bass Coast Festival through education for and communication to our community around safer partying.

You can learn more about Bass Coast’s Harm Reduction Policy here.

 

 

 

First Aid

Bass Coast Festival takes the health and wellbeing of our patrons very seriously. BCP tries to continually raise the bar and learn from past events on how to provide the safest possible environment for our guests.

There is a one main First Aid tent located behind main stage. The First Aid outpost is located on the road behind Main Stage. We have locations in each campground (marked with a pink first aid sign on the map) that you can visit 24 hours for any questions or emergencies.