We all knew this was going to happen. When tickets for Shambhala 2017 sold out in less than 24 hours, the PNW dance community was left with a sense of uncertainty hanging over their heads. You know the kind. We’ve all felt it. That anxious feeling you get when you’re saving up for a ticket, but have to worry about pesky things like rent and food. Well, it appears that cloud of anxiety has cast a shadow over our region, and the forecast predicts it’s not going anywhere soon. “I knew I shouldn’t have spent all my money on KATY!” With one of the most popular festivals on the planet selling out in record time, everyone was anticipating something of a spillover effect. Just how much of an impact that would have on the rest of the scene would remain to be seen. As much as people don’t want to come to terms with the fact, we have to accept that this community is growing. Every year, more and more people are exposed to the brilliance that is festival culture, and obviously that will create tension when it comes to buying tickets. After all, the grounds at a festival like Shambhala can only accommodate so many people, and the unlucky ones who didn’t score tickets had some extra cash that was burning a hole in their pockets. As Shambhala, Bass Coast, and Astral Harvest have all reported record setting ticket sales, don’t delay on putting your plans in motion for 2017! It’s never too early to plan for your next adventure, and we all know how much better things tend to go when we actually plan them and not wait until last minute (although, where’s the fun in that?). If we had to recommend a ticket to grab while they’re still available, take a peek at the official DMNW 2016 Bass Coast Recap. After getting lost in the bad-assed home page, a few simple clicks is all it takes to guarantee yourself a spot to Bass Coast 2017. BUT THERE ARE LESS THAN 1,000 TICKETS LEFT FOR BASS COAST!!! Yup, you heard that right. Even after bringing up the total available tickets to 4,500, B.C.’s quintessential boutique festival is in the midst of selling out. The ripple effect is even being felt as far away as Alberta, where Astral Harvest saw early bird tickets sell out in less than 3 minutes! Exactly. Still feeling the burn from your endless summer? That’s alright, because Bass Coast brings their neighbourly love in the form of payment plans! While tickets include parking & camping, other add-ons (like drink ticket packages and early entry) are also available. From the DMNW team to our readers, just know that we want what’s best for you. Regardless of how long it takes the browser to reload, tickets for any festival next season are going to go faster than you’re going to like. But since we want to see your smiling faces in and around our summer, we hope you’ll take information to heart and we see you back in Merritt, B.C., July 7 – 10 for Bass Coast 2017. Shawn McNicoll Part man, part buffalo, part maple syrup. Pretty much the Canadian version of Grizzly Adams.