Bass Coast Gives Back to Local Community After Devastating Floods

Bass Coast 2019
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The Bass Coast community came together to raise funds for to help those in Merritt after floods devastated the area in November last year.

Bass Coast is a festival that has always championed the community that comes together to celebrate art and music since its inception. From strong stances on harm reduction to highlighting diversity in the scene, they’ve become leaders in the movement to help fix many of the issues that have surfaced over the years. Now, ahead of their return in 2022, their community is giving back to the region that they call home that faced a disastrous flood late last year.

In November 2021, floods devastated the town of Merritt, British Columbia. This was when Bass Coast originally planned on announcing the dates and initial ticket info for their return in 2022, but instead of focusing on themselves, they looked to help others in the area. This prompted a GoFundMe campaign that surpassed its initial goal to reach a total of $21,100 to benefit the Merritt Rotary Disaster Relief Fund. Further, Bass Coast raised an additional $1,000 from their music compilation which will be donated to the Nicola Valley Food Bank.

“The Bass Coast community came together to raise funds to support the host town of the festival. The generosity of the community was astonishing,” said Bass Coast founders Andrea Graham and Liz Thomson. “We are very pleased to be releasing tickets this week for the upcoming festival in July. We postponed our original ticket launch in November out of concern for the Merritt community during the unexpected and disastrous floods.” 

Beyond the good news of giving back, Bass Coast also delivered some initial details for their return this year on July 8-11. While the lineup, art, and workshops are still being crafted up by their team of curators, tickets are set to go on sale Friday, February 18 at 10am PT via their box office. Head over to their website for more details and stay tuned for the lineup to drop in the coming months.

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