As you begin packing and preparing for this summer’s festival, please explore our festival safety page and familiarize yourself with our  festival safety plan.   Our festival safety outlook is in place to ensure the safety of festivalgoers, festival staff and artists.  We want you to have great time at Bass Coast Festival and many festivals to come.  Bass Coast Project is grateful for the cooperation of local and provincial public safety and security organizations.

Banned Items

The following items are not allowed in the festival site:

  • NO Knives / Weapons Etc.  Cooking knives must be under 6”
  • NO Fireworks / Explosives
  • NO Sharpies / Markers
  • NO Personal Generators, Including Built in RV Generators
  • NO Pets
  • NO Campfires or Open Flame
  • NO Glass
  • NO Alcohol
  • NO Sound Systems / PAs / Renegade Stages
  • NO Motorized Vehicles (once your car is parked, it stays put)
  • NO Lasers / Laser Pointers
  • NO Illegal Substances / Nitrous Oxide/ Drug Paraphernalia

New this year to the banned item list is feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them. This is an issue of safety and respect. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.

We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.

Festival Safety

Bass Coast is dedicated to providing a safe environment for festivalgoers, staff and artists.  Public and private security and professional medical staff will be present throughout the entire event.  If you need any assistance, please look for the medical tent(s), or seek out a Bass Coast staff member.

Along with First Aid, Bass Coast festival is proud to provide Harm Reduction services on the festival site. Harm reduction is a public health strategy, which recognizes that people engage in risky behavior.  Harm reduction attempts to limit the negative consequences of risky behaviors.

Bass Coast does not promote drug use. We feel event attendees that are educated about the mental and physical effects of drug use and other risky activities, will be inclined to make safer choices.  The only way to guarantee your safety is to abstain from using.  Making information and resources accessible minimizes health incidents at events as well as outside of events as attendees spread the knowledge to their friends and safer partying practices become the norm.

The RCMP will deal with any matters involving possession of illegal substances.  It is not illegal to be under the influence of controlled substances. DO NOT HESTITATE to contact our onsite medical staff if yourself or a fellow festivalgoer is intoxicated and in distress.

More information on Harm Reduction can be found:

For information and support regarding substance abuse, please contact Alcohol & Drug Information & Referral Services at 1 800 663 1441.  This service is available 24 hours a day to people across B.C. needing help with any kind of substance abuse issues. It provides information and referral to education, prevention and treatment services and regulatory agencies.

If you are the victim of domestic abuse or you witness domestic abuse taking place during the festival, please contact event staff immediately.  Domestic violence is a crime and police take cases of domestic abuse very seriously.  Always call 911 in an emergency.   You can call Victimlink BC’s Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-563-0808, in absolute confidence, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for help and information.


Harm Reduction Tips

  • Drink plenty of water.  Water is provided free, so bring refillable bottles!
  • Eat!  Bring nutritious, whole foods to prepare on site and enjoy the delicious eats from our food vendors.
  • Bring a flashlight and be prepared for the dark.  Headlamps work great!
  • Be prepared for lots of sun.  Bring sunscreen and a hat.  Consider assembling a simple shade structure at your camp to beat the midday heat.
  • Wear hearing protection and be sure to give your ears a break from excessive noise.
  • Use the buddy system.  Check in regularly with your friends and ask how they are feeling.  Watch for physical signs of distress like dehydration, sunburns, sunstroke, etc.
  • Take care of your feet!  Bring comfortable and supportive footwear and lots of socks.  Blisters are the most common reason for visits to the first aid tent.
  • Practice safe sex.  Use condoms and lube.
  • Please be sure you are well rested before driving home from the festival.  We recommend having a designated driver.  There are many accommodation options in Merritt, so spend the night in a hotel if you’re tired.