What Is Bass Coast?

BASS COAST FESTIVAL is a thoughtfully curated boutique music and art festival.  

Bass Coast features an eclectic offering of emerging and established 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: 120+ international and local artists, immersive audio-visual environments with world class sound design by PK Sound, illuminating workshops and 50+ original art installations. Attendees camp on site for the duration of the festival. 

 

 

 

Please Don't

THIS IS IMPORTANT:

- Don't camp on the road before gates open. Those obstructing local traffic will be forced to move and lose their position in the queue.

- 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 go into restricted areas, closed bridges, or private property next to the festival. 
- Don't obstruct the flow of the Coldwater River. It's a natural salmon spawning area.

- Don’t dump waste water on grounds. Please only dump in water drains - shower drains.

- Don’t use the river for personal washing. Showers are located in Campsite B.

- Don’t bring radio’s or walkie-talkies that may interfere with production / first aid communications on site.  

 

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

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

- Body glitter / feathers that may fall on the ground (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.

 

 

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 re-sent here: basscoast.tickit.ca/resend

For all other ticketing questions, please contact 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 https://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.


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.ca site. Details about secure resales are here: https://basscoast.tickit.ca/resales

 

 

VOLUNTEERING 

Applications to apply to be a member of Bass Coast’s volunteer team open in 2020.

 

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 event. Buy quality camping equipment that will last and remove packaging from equipment and food before you come on site.

 

Please read more about our Sustainability Educational Series.
 
 
 
 

Accessibility

ACCESSIBLE CAMPING 
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.

Please be fair when planning your campsite and reasonable with your spacing. Saving space for joiners is allowed, however should be done within reason. 

 

TENT ONLY ZONE 

This zone is located in Campground B and 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.

 

RESERVED CAMPSITES 

Reserved Campsites are sold out for the 2020 festival. If you have purchased a reserved campsite, you will receive a welcome letter with any info required for a smooth entry through A GATE. 

Reserved Campsites are located on the riverside in Campsite A. Your purchase reserves pay your own real estate on the river in Campground A. This area offers a quieter camping experience, easy access to the festival, and the ability for you to select your desired reserved site. Reserving a site allows you to plan ahead to meet up and camp with your friends. All reserved campsites must have a Bass Coast 2020 ticket. Bass Coast GA Tickets are not included in Reserved Campsite price. 


Vehicles and Tents:  
We suggest limiting to 2 vehicles per site & 2-4 tents. Please stay within your marked area. RV hookups are not available in Campsite A. There is a limited amount of additional parking for Reserved Camping ticket holders. These spots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you plan to camp with your vehicle a vehicle pass is required. 


Public River Access:  
There are multiple public river access points in Campground A to allow everyone access to the river.


Thursday Entry:  
Reserved Campsites are accessible from Thursday July 9, 2020. Anyone accessing the reserved site on Thursday must have a General Admission pass and a Thursday Entry pass.  Bass Coast GA Tickets and Thursday Entry are not included in Reserved Campsite price. 


Details:  
It is up to the person whose name is listed on the Reserved Site Ticket to control who is allowed to stay at their campsite. Bass Coast will not be maintaining a list of who is in each group. If you are the first person in your group arriving to Bass Coast please ensure that your name is listed on the Reserved Site Ticket. For information on transferring tickets, please visit basscoast.tickit.ca/transfers


Access:  
The walk from Campsite A to the Main Stage takes approximately 10 minutes. Campsite A is connected to Campsite B by a bridge and will be open to visitors.


* PLEASE NOTE: 
If you have not purchased one of the select reserved campsites, there are 1000's of other camping spots for your tents or RV's on the property, and offered as a first come first served. Everyone will be able to fit on to the property, we limit our capacity to ensure this.

 

 

Gate Hours

MAIN GATE  

Entry for General Admission with access to Campsite B and C, and Cabins. Enter at Main Gate on the West side of the property. 

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

 

A GATE

Entry for General Admission with access to Campsite A, Bell Tents, Reserved Campsites, volunteers and accessibility. Enter at A Gate on the east side of property.

- Thursday July 9: 9am - 10PM
- Friday July 12: 9am - 12 MIDNIGHT

 

STAFF GATE (not for GA passes)

Check in point for Crew, Volunteers, Artists, Vendors, and Media. Enter at Staff Gat on east side of property.

- July 1 to July 6: 9am - 5pm
- July 7 to July 9: 10am - 12am
- July 10 to July 13: 9am - 1am
- July 14: 9am - 10pm
- July 15: 9am - 6pm



GLAMPING

BELL TENTS

Cozy canvas tents complete with bedding ready for you when you arrive to the festival located on the festival side of the property,  Sleep under the stars and be at one with nature, without all the hard work. All tent rentals must have a Bass Coast 2020 GA ticket. GA Tickets are NOT included in Tent rental price.


Find the available Bell Tent size options here. Entry for Bell Tents in A GATE.

Parking is available close to the Bell Tent Glamping area for one vehicle per Bell tent. Our Glamping team will be in contact with the Tent purchaser for arrival and bedding details in early May 2020.



CABINS 

There are 10 riverside cabins available for purchase at Bass Coast. Cabins are sold out for 2020. All Cabin rentals must have a Bass Coast 2019 GA ticket. GA Tickets are NOT included in Cabin rental price. Cabins must enter at Main Gate.

Each cabin offers different features, details can be found here. Parking for the cabin purchaser is available close to the Cabin area which is located across the river in Campsite B a short distance from the main festival area.

Our Glamping team will be in contact with the Tent purchaser for arrival and bedding details in early May 2020.

 

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. As of 2019 Greyhound will no longer be offering bus service to the Province of BC.

Ebus now offers service to Merritt, 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 items are banned at the festival and will be confiscated by security:

- Glass (especially bottles & mirrors)

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

- Illegal substances

CSA approved fire pits

- 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

- Glitter (even biodegradable glitter - undetectable by Green Team)

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

- War bonnet style headdresses. Learn why HERE.

- Drones are not permitted on or in the air above the festival site.

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 must enter through the Main Gate or A 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. Do not camp on the road while Main Gate is closed. You will be asked to move by event staff or police.


A Gate is open on Thursday July 9 and Friday July 10 to GA Ticket Holders.

Lost & Found

The most common items misplaced at Bass Coast every year are car keys, ear plugs, phones, hats, scarves and water bottles/ drink containers. 

To avoid losing your belongings, please secure your possessions on you by using carabiners, back packs, or hip packs. Please do not bring valuable or sentimental items to Bass Coast unless you are confident you wont lose them.


Bass Coast Lost and Found station will be located at the General Store onsite. You can drop off found items there, or ask if your lost item has been handed in. 

For any items Found or Lost, please complete the online form available as of Friday July 10th, and one of our team members will get in touch with you if we have found your item.

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 9th, 2020. Thursday 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 a Thursday Entry pass.


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

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 2020 edition of Bass Coast Festival takes place July 10-13, in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. General admission begins July 10. If you wish to arrive on July 9, a Thursday entry pass must be purchased before the event.  Get detailed directions HERE.


The music ends at 8am on Monday July 13. We ask all guests to leave the festival site on Monday July 13. 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.

 

 

 

 

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 $20 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.)
- Drones are not permitted on or in the air above the festival site.
- Body glitter / feathers that may fall on the ground (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.

 

 

 

 

Thursday Entry

THURSDAY ENTRY

Gates are open THURSDAY JULY 9, 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 9. Thursday entry passes are not available at the gate. No exceptions.

 

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

 

 

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 and Harm Reduction Education 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 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.