Just when we thought British Columbia’s underground electronic music and arts festival Bass Coast couldn’t sweeten the deal any more after their phenomenal first wave lineup announcement (along with their world-renowned reputation for aesthetic and vibe), they go ahead and prove us wrong by squeezing over 100 more of our favorite artists on to their already jam-packed lineup. Unfortunately, the festival is already sold out, but there are some tickets floating around in the Facebook event page, and more will appear as the festival draws closer, so for those of you who were waiting on the final lineup announcement and are now convinced, there’s still hope! Keep your eyes peeled there and on Craigslist! We’re confident that if you have the desire, you’ll make it to Bass Coast this year. The festival is also still accepting volunteer applications here, so your options are open!
Check out the absolutely gorgeous full lineup announcement video here:
We’ve chosen a few of our top picks from the 2nd wave additions to the lineup, displayed below. We’ve chosen to give a few of the lesser-known artists some shine, so take a gander and remember these names in July out in Merritt, BC!
Representing the Soundpieces crew of San Francisco (and recently, Los Angeles as well), BOGL has been curating some of the most impressive parties on the West Coast since before the first time you heard Daft Punk. His skills as a selector are respected world-wide, and he has graced stages as far as Outlook Festival in Croatia. Check out his most recent mix from Beat Lab Radio below:
I recently came across Shiny Things’ mix from last year’s Shambhala Festival, and was extremely impressed. There aren’t a whole lot of people that seem to place a high value on incorporating both the West Coast wonky 808 sound AND the UK dark bass music sound into their style, but that seems to be the name of the game for Shiny Things. Blending UK halftime artists like Sam Binga, Danny Scrilla and Om Unit, with Mr. Carmack, Mura Masa, and Herzeloyde is a unique approach, and a quite pleasing one at that. We’re excited to see what he brings to Merritt in July!
Although Frite Nite is no more (R.I.P.), their sound and legacy lives on, carried by several artists including Salva, NastyNasty, Ana Sia, and of course, B. Bravo. His future-funk, R&B-inspired beat music is smooth and soulful, but distinctive and stands out from the parade of unoriginal Soundcloud producers trying to get signed by Soulection. It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen a B. Bravo set, so I’m ecstatic to see him on this year’s lineup!
A returning favorite from last year, Greazus, a recent collaborative effort between HxdB and DJ Cure, has quickly become one of the prominent projects in the hybrid bass music world. Their tunes are getting rinsed by Ivy Lab and they’re collaborating with Sinistarr. They’ve released on Hospital Records, and have music forthcoming on Critical Records, Diffrent Music, and many more. Not to mention, I easily placed their set in my Top 5 from 2015’s festival. We’re eagerly looking forward to what they bring to the table.
Okay, I lied. I was going to stick to the lesser-known artists, but I’m too hyped to ignore the fact that Rider Shafique will be at Bass Coast this year. As arguably one of the most influential dancehall/dub/ragga MC’s/vocalists in the world, it’s safe to say that this is a really big deal. Having collaborated with heavy hitters such as Fracture, Sam Binga, Kahn, Ishan Sound, and many more, Rider Shafique is an ideal choice for Bass Coast. This one is unmissable, folks.
Of course, we have to give a shout-out to our local Pacific Northwest brethren, Barisone. Rarely have I met a DJ with range like Portland, OR’s Barisone. His sets are vibey, fresh, and his flow is impeccable. He’s a DJ that plays mostly music I’ve never heard before, but always want to hear more of. His Wake the Town parties in Portland (in collaboration with PRSN) are perfectly curated, and have played host to many legends in the scene such as Deejay Theory, Sam Binga, Greazus, and even Bass Coast’s The Librarian.
Image One Photo Credit: BVT
Image Two Photo Credit: Bass Coast FB