BC’s boutique music and arts festival confirms promising repertoire of sounds

Back for its ninth iteration this year, Bass Coast continues to remind us they’re not afraid to tear down boundaries and invite attendees out of their comfort zones. 2016 saw the likes of Machinedrum, Ivy Lab and Todd Edwards come through, buttressed by the fresh exploratory sounds of Bleep Bloop and Leon Vynehall – amongst a slew of others.

It’s only fair, then, that Bass Coast continues to spoil their guests with a wide range of talent, some of them making their first foray into the West Coast scene, and others returning to the Nicola Valley for another unforgettable weekend. Discerning ravers and fresh-faced first-timers alike are sure to find some common ground to stand on, before venturing into the outer reaches of their understanding of music.


The surprise first wave announcement this morning already promises a veritable galaxy of sonic worlds to explore, befitting this year’s ‘SPACE’ theme. Prepare yourselves for countless interpretations of Space Toast, mosh pits full of aliens and astronauts, and crater-creating bass at every turn.

With a comprehensive sampling of house and techno to choose from, Bass Coast continues to deliver on the 4/4 front. Ranging from Dirtybird party-starters J.Phlip and Justin Martin to the delightfully warm sounds of Project Pablo, there’ll be plenty of time to take in classic dancefloor material. Back for his second year in a row, the notorious Roman Flügel is sure to give your feet a (slight) break while pushing your mind to its very limits, too.


Fans of sophisticated, cerebral drum and bass will be excited to hear that the influential folks at Critical Music are hosting a showcase. Label boss Kasra and long-time collaborator Enei, as well as the ever-intriguing and multifaceted Sam Binga, round out a bone-rattling care package of neurofunk and halftime.

As a significant part of Bass Coast’s foundation, there’s always guaranteed to be forward-thinking, swampy dubstep to be heard. Influencers from across the pond such as Thelem and Loefah will perform alongside Joe Nice, the man widely recognized for bringing 140bpm into the American sphere. If Kahn’s set at the Radio Stage last year is anything to go off of, there’ll be a bottomless pit of dubplates to dig into this year.


Offering a platform for those refusing to limit themselves to one genre, Bass Coast will also be hosting the likes of New York anthem machine Doctor Jeep and France’s own endlessly versatile Moresounds. Top it off with Soulection alum and future bass figurehead Sango, and throw in sets by Western Canadian warriors Smalltown DJs and The Funk Hunters, and the result is an event that’s guaranteed to polarize and enrapture. Never mind that Bass Coast founder The Librarian will be coming correct with her own set too, serving up a microcosm of the ideas that gelled into one of BC’s most beloved festivals.

Keep in mind that this is only the beginning of Bass Coast’s roster of talent for 2017. As July draws closer, tastemakers and rising stars alike will continue to be added to the lineup, supported by a wealth of stunning visual art and thought-provoking workshops. And while the festival may be sold out, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a way to make it out to Merritt and locate a ticket. You might just find the effort beyond worth it.

First Wave





Call Super

Critical Music Showcase:



Sam Binga

Doctor Jeep


Eli Escobar


Joe Nice

Justin Martin



Paul Woolford

Project Pablo


Roman Flugel


Smalltown DJs

Special Request


The Funk Hunters

The Librarian



Bass Coast’s ninth iteration is happening from July 7 to 10 in Merritt, BC. More information can be found on basscoast.ca.

Words: Max Foley

Images & Video: Courtesy of Bass Coast


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