Back for it’s 11th consecutive year, the Bass Coast Music and Arts Festival returns to Merritt, BC this July 12, 2019 for a 3 day long duality themed edition featuring a class selection of local artistic and musical programming covering all ranges of the electronic spectrum. In an ever competitive festival landscape within the North American summer, primarily run by women, the Bass Coast Music and Arts Festival has always stood out due to it’s tasteful selection of boutique Canadian artistry placed alongside some of the worlds leading performers.
As a bit of bonus fun, the fine folks at Boiler Room will be making an appearance on Friday and Saturday to film and livestream the festivities to the world. For those unfamiliar, Boiler Room is famous for hosting some of the user friendly dance parties around. Not familiar with Boiler Room? Perhaps the below video from Sunday night international Shanti Celeste’s Boiler Room can give a glimpse of what’s to come.
The fun is not just limited to the Boiler Room stage however, and with 100 artists set to play over the entire weekend, the team at StokeFM have listened, learned and assembled this list of must-see Canadian acts at the 2019 edition.
With a very strong showing of local talent on Friday afternoon, to start things off we have some selector vibes from No Fun Radio tastemaker, Andy Soloman followed closely by Nick Wisdom from Potatohead people.
For feel-good get-you-in-the-mood vibes, check South African import That African at 4pm in the Cantina.
Later on in the afternoon West Coast fans should check out Squamish resident Just Sheila close out the Cantina stage temporarily. Meanwhile on the other stages Girls On Decks founder Esette is a must see for some zest and after a successful euro tour last Summer, Aida is also firmly on our radar for some techy-textured grooves you can feel.
Vancouver locals Jared Love and Joel Armstrong will be closing out the night with what promises to be back-to-back euphoric sunrise set. Meanwhile, Lazy Syrup Orchestra hold down the breakfast slot at the Radio Stage with their blend of Dj’ing and live instruments to match their eclectic, mellow morning vibes.
Saturday promises to be another great one for Team Canada – Day 1 of the first ever Canadian Boiler Room is going down at The Cantina stage. For some resident flavour, make sure to check out Bass Coast mainstay Michael Red for some quality industrial bass, as well as festival co-founder The Librarian being one to catch after sharing a bunch of fire tracks with Mixmag, a recent release and over a decade of Bass Coast experience. For all the Boiler Room action head to https://boilerroom.tv/ from 2pm Pacific.
On the other stages check Calgary based DJ Freele from Substation Recordings for some smooth Saturday afternoon selections at 3pm on the radio stage:
& expect the unexpected with Vancouver talent Garneau.
Meanwhile at the infamous Slay Bay, West Coast House lovers can catch Sivz play before Claude Von Stroke and West Coast Bass Lovers can also cruise to the Main Stage to catch IMUR, The Funk Hunters, Stickybuds and Skiitour as they close out Saturday.
For those seeking out a deeper sound look no further than Radio Stage, with Max Ulis on the warmup at 10pm before a string of internationals keep the vibes going late, euphoric and great until BC artist Ryan Wells closes things out for the evening. Could we be in for a classic Bass Coast sunrise? Time will tell.
Last but not least, Sunday at Bass Coast is always a special experience. With Saturday now a thing of the past, and day two of the Boiler Room festivities happening once again at The Cantina stage, one would be mad not to take a look at Van city talents Slim Media Player, ESB or DJ D.DEE doing their thing Sunday afternoon at The Cantina stage.
All this goes down right before Max Ullis reappears with singer Robbie Slade as Sabota before Canadian Dane and Shanti Celeste close out the boiler room stream.
Anyone at Bass Coast last year can attest to the many “hands in the air” moments during Dane‘s set, and for those who weren’t present, see him this year from 5:30-7:30pm on Sunday at The Cantina or with all the other action live at https://boilerroom.tv/
About the same time, it will surely be worth checking out the Van-based-all-female Switch DJ’s whilst Whistler favourite Foxy Moron brings her all vinyl selections to the Radio Stage. Right after this Overland is worth a look for those seeking Sunday evening rave nostalgia until a legendary run of internationals take the reigns for another 7 or so hours. Anyone keen to continue the fun should hangtight until Lorne B closes out Slay Bay for 2019.
Bass Coast 2019 is SOLD OUT, but tickets can be re-purchased legitimately here,