We are getting pretty excited about Basscoast Festival which is now only two weeks away! If you are on the fence about going to Basscoast, let us give you a few reasons why this festival is different and special and deserves your attention:

1) But, the headliners are strange: ok, ok, I've had a few conversations in the last few weeks about the Basscoast headliners and yes, they are different than the other festivals on the circuit this summer, but guess what new and different headliners mean; you will discover new and amazing music at this festival and sometimes it comes from the least expected places that you may not always be comfortable exploring on your own. A shinning aspect of this festival is the curation of interesting music which is aimed at a more mature and music savvy audience. What you can always expect at Basscoast, is something different and fresh!

2) The art is amazing: Basscoast is one of the few festivals that gives out $20, 000+ in arts grants to visual artists to create beautiful, engaging art that is spread throughout the festival. This adds to the experience in an immense way and also showcases artists from all over. Here is one example of an installation from last year; a super cool shade structure made of bamboo rods in the field for everyone to enjoy.

Photo by Von Lukester

Photo by Von Lukester

3) The people you'll meet are amazing: Need we say more about that except that this year's theme is "Mutiny" so that's going to be fun! You can bet that the costumes and festival antics will be turned up a notch with this hilarious theme. Check out the festival's photos from last year and see just how awesome it looks.

4) Local djs are just as good: There have been a number of articles about who to see at Basscoast, but since we are based in Calgary we made a list of DJS from Calgary that you need to see this year. Always remember, festival sets are never the same as local club sets, and local DJS in festival environments will probably blow your mind. Most of this year's line up is local from Western Canada, and that is something unique and special to our little section of the world. Be proud of local musicians and get your ass out there to support them. Extra special effort and work is put into festival sets, and for that reason, you should check out these 10 Calgarians at Basscoast and a few extra special expats too:

Cal Bass - Friday 2:15AM @Slaybay
Crimson - Friday 9:00PM @Radio
Lorne B - Friday 12:00AM @Slaybay
Isis Graham - Saturday 6:00PM @Radio
Kline - Friday 4:30AM @Radio
Krystle Love B - Friday 10:00PM @Slaybay
Sergio Levels - Saturday 10:30PM @Radio
Smalltown DJS -Saturday 11:15PM @Slaybay
Philthkids - Saturday 10:30 @Main Stage

Wax Romeo - Sunday 2:30AM @Slaybay
And also these awesome Calgary expats:
Think Tank - Various times throughout the weekend
Neighbour (Mirage Inc) - Friday 1:15AM @Slaybay
Dan Solo
- Sunday 2:00AM @Radio

Tickets are still on sale for this festival. Basscoast is capped at 4000 people and the festival organizers have condensed the festival layout this year to ensure the festival feels more like a comfy home. Grab the festival schedule here and let's rave. See you there!

Posted on July 23, 2014 and filed under Events.