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Live Review: Bass Coast Electronic Music and Art Festival 2023 @ Merritt, BC – July 7th-10th 2023

Get ready to ignite your summer with an electrifying experience at Bass Coast Music Festival! Kicking off in the lively town of Merritt, BC, and nestled alongside the picturesque Coldwater River, this epic event brings together music lovers on the sacred land of the Nlaka’pamux and Syilx people.

As the first days of July arrive, Bass Coast sets the stage for an unforgettable adventure. Merritt transforms into a vibrant hub, pulsating with the beats of anticipation and excitement. The festival becomes a playground of creativity, a sanctuary of positive energy, and a haven for all who seek an extraordinary experience.

Attendees at Bass Coast Electronic Music and Art Festival 2023 © Craig Fleisch

For four exhilarating days, Bass Coast unites over 6,500 enthusiastic attendees, ready to dive headfirst into a world where music, art, and community collide. With a stellar lineup of over 150 talented DJs and nearly 60 awe-inspiring artists showcasing their mind-blowing installations, the festival becomes a canvas of imagination and wonder. Prepare to be awestruck as you witness breathtaking visuals, immersive environments, and art that transcends boundaries.

But Bass Coast is more than just a spectacle for the senses—it’s a celebration of connection. Within the festival’s lively embrace, strangers become friends, bonds are forged, and laughter becomes the soundtrack of the experience. It’s a place where you can let loose, express yourself, and revel in the freedom of being surrounded by like-minded individuals who share your passion for music and adventure.

The crowd at Bass Coast Electronic Music and Art Festival 2023 © Craig Fleisch

This year, Bass Coast embraces the theme of “Avant Garden,” transforming the festival grounds into a whimsical paradise where nature and creativity intertwine. Vibrant colours, lush foliage, magical lights and surreal elements create an otherworldly atmosphere that captivates the imagination. Prepare to be transported to a realm where fantasy becomes reality, and where every corner holds a delightful surprise.

In addition to the incredible music and artistic wonders, Bass Coast places a strong emphasis on the well-being and safety of its attendees. Harm reduction services, such as clean water supplies, consent education, and substance checking, are provided to ensure that everyone can enjoy the festival in a responsible and enjoyable manner. It’s a collective effort to create an environment that fosters respect, inclusivity, and unforgettable moments.

A couple kissing at Bass Coast Electronic Music and Art Festival 2023 © Craig Fleisch

As the festival came to a close, attendees packed their bags, but not before cherishing the memories, friendships, and magical moments they experienced at Bass Coast Music Festival. This unparalleled celebration of music, art, community, and the great outdoors left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who attended. Until next time, Bass Coast—thank you for an incredible journey!

Photos © Craig Fleisch

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