We’re in full on winter mode here in the PNW and with all this rain and snow we’ve experienced so far it’s hard to not dream about summer. Aside from the warmer weather it also means the DMNW will be out in full force for festival season. Of all the festivals we attended last year, we certainly made a new favorite with a little get together in Merritt, British Columbia called Bass Coast. The community based, ran and focused music and arts festival stole our heart the moment we got on site. Make no mistake: we’re already counting down the days until we’re back for 2017. While most of us will be there simply as an attendee, Bass Coast has opened the doors to anyone looking to add their name to the 2017 lineup with their artist applications. Most other festivals during the Summer look to book the biggest acts possible, while Bass Coast aims to focus on it’s community. The fine folks of Bass Coast have had a wonderful history of bookings the best of local and international acts who are actively participating within the BC atmosphere. This in turn has really helped create an intimate experience for not only the attendees, but the artists themselves. The vibe around Bass Coast is certainly different from most other events, and its community focus is a good part of what we’d attribute to that. Beginning now until January 10th, Bass Coast will be accepting submissions for anyone with aspirations to play the festival. The application process is quite simple; however, they’ve also provided a few helpful tips for those applying for their first time. We’d highly encourage anyone with the goal of performing at a festival to give it a shot, but heed their advice before applying. Amongst the guide they’ve put together several helpful points you should consider. 1 – Watch vigilantly for applications and information. 2 – Research. 3 – Fill out applications thoroughly. 4 – Lead with your best material. 5 – Use each application as an opportunity to hone your skills. 6 – Respect the festival’s time. 7 – If you don’t get selected to play, don’t take it personally. 8 – It’s all about the music. The guide ends with a great quote from ShahDJs own, and Vancouver local Willis “Be active in your community. Constantly involved. Release mixes. Produce tunes. Maintain a following. Put on shows. Work at shows. Promote shows. Push the scene. Go to things. Encourage others. Be as big a part of the big picture as possible. Constantly. For a while. And love it.” While we’re still a ways away from an official lineup announcement but we can promise you it’s going to be an incredible weekend. Last year was absolutely memorable for us all, and certainly took a spot among our favorite events of 2016. While the event is sold out for 2017 (in record breaking time), we’d suggest keeping an eye out for tickets…or volunteering! Bass Coast 2017 is likely to go down as another one of our favorite events and we hope to see you there…and even perform! For the Bass Coast 2017 artist application head over to the official website, and don’t forget to check out their first timer guide for some helpful tips. See you at Bass Coast! Cameron Frazier Avid adventure, and full time wild thing. Lover of all types of music but hold those that make me want to shake my rumpus close to my heart.