Revelstoke Mountaineer regional summer music festival guide

With something for everyone — from rock & roll to roots & blues — it’s time to free up your calendar and slip on your dancing shoes.

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Attendees ride through the campground to the stage area at Shambhala 2018. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

This article first appeared in print in the June 2018 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.

As things start to heat up this summer, get ready to submerge yourself in the music, art and culture that the B.C. southern Interior has to offer. Whether you enjoy foot-tapping to country tunes, moshing to metal bangers, or boogying to hypnotic bass, we guarantee there’s something out there for you!

BASS COAST JULY 12-15, MERRITT, B.C.

Photo: Bass Coast

Rooted in collaboration and participation, festival-goers are just as important as the performers when it comes to shaping the ‘bass coast experience’. The festival invites you to let go of your inhibitions and fully immerse yourself in art and nature. With world class music, art, and dance performances scheduled from dusk ‘til dawn, there’s no better time to celebrate the diverse beauty that B.C. has to offer. Although this is an intimate festival (approximately 5000 attendees), the line up is still big. Expect to see EDM crowd-pleasers such as Fort Knox Five, Lazy Syrup Orchestra, Sticky Buds, The Funk Hunters and others.

GENERAL WEEKEND ADMISSION: $350 + TAX (INCLUDES CAMPING)

SUMMER STOMP AND BURNOUT JULY 18-22, STOMP GROUND, SICAMOUS B.C.

Summer Stomp 2017 in Sicamous, BC, Canada. Photo By: Andy Dittrich / Insight-Photography.com

It’s time to get revved up for the 30th annual celebration of motorcycle stunts and rock and roll. This year marks the event closure party, so make sure you find time to stop by sunny Sicamous and cool off with some wet T-shirt games and cold beers before it’s too late. There will be some adult-only shows in the evening, as well as family activities on the Main Street on Friday and Saturday.

FULL WEEKEND: $50 (INCLUDES CAMPING)

ARMSTRONG METAL FESTIVAL JULY 12-13, ARMSTRONG, B.C.

Armstrong Metal Fest. Photo: Chris Geistlinger

What started as a backyard party in 2009 has now, a decade on, become a renowned heavy metal celebration that attracts metal heads from all over Canada to attend. What could be better than a weekend of head banging and moshing with the beautiful backdrop of the Okanagan Valley? Trick question. I’ll tell you what: Thrash Wrestling. The organizers believe that metal music and wresting come hand-in-hand, so the sport will be a big presence alongside the music. Wrestling styles will range from traditional to hardcore, but a ‘balls to the wall’ attitude is essential.

GENERAL ADMISSION: $135 IN ADVANCE OR $175 DOOR PRICE

ROCKIN’ RIVER COUNTRY MUSIC FEST AUGUST 1-4, MERRITT, B.C.

Rockin’ River Country Music Fest. Photo: Matt Lucas

Known to many as the ‘Country Music Capital of Canada’, the city of Merritt, B.C., will once more play host to the family-owned and operated, Rockin’ River Music Fest. In previous years the festival has attracted performances from the likes of country legends, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, and Kasey Musgrave — just to name a few. If the music alone isn’t enough for you, swimming, biking, helicopter rides, and rides on a mechanical bull are just a few of the non-musical activities on offer at the festival too.

GENERAL WEEKEND ADMISSION WITH CAMPING: $275-$425 (DEPENDING ON PARTY ZONE)

KASLO JAZZ FESTIVAL AUGUST 2-4, 2019. KASLO BAY PARK, BC

Kaslo Jazz Festival

What makes Kaslo Jazz Festival so special is its equal appreciation for newly discovered gems and established big-name artists. This year is no different. Expect performances from Nahko & Medicine for the People, Moontricks, Shred Kelly, and Elliott Brood, as well as a multitude of up-an-coming artists.
Festival goers dance in the sand, swim around the stage, or relax in the grass and enjoy the delicious offerings of local food and drink vendors.  The intimate, laid-back vibe of this festival has been seducing audiences and performers since 1992.

ADULT WEEKEND PASS: $225 (INC. TAX), YOUTH WEEKEND PASS ($112.50 INC. TAX)

AMISSA FESTIVAL JUNE 21-23, MEADOW CREEK B.C.

Amissa Festival. Photo: contributed

Known to many as the ‘Country Music Capital of Canada’, the city of Merritt, B.C., will once more play host to the family-owned and operated, Rockin’ River Music Fest. In previous years the festival has attracted performances from the likes of country legends, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, and Kasey Musgrave — just to name a few. If the music alone isn’t enough for you, swimming, biking, helicopter rides, and rides on a mechanical bull are just a few of the non-musical activities on offer at the festival too.

GENERAL WEEKEND ADMISSION WITH CAMPING: $275-$425 (DEPENDING ON PARTY ZONE)

SHAMBHALA MUSIC FESTIVAL AUGUST 9-12, SALMO RIVER RANCH, BC

Shambhala Festival Photo: James Coletta

Since its inception in 1998, Shambhala festival has grown to be one of the largest and longest running electronic music festivals in Canada. Heck, it’s even one of the biggest EDM festivals in the world. With world-class acts performing across six impressive stages, the line-up is guaranteed to hit you as hard as one of Troyboi’s basslines.
Drum and Bass Grammy-award winning artists, Chase and Status, will be taking the spotlight this year on The Village Stage, with Griz, Bonobo, and Zhu headlining the various other stages. We’ll be seeing a return of some Shambhala favourites too — don’t miss performances from K+Lab, Defunk, and The Funk Hunters and more.

GENERAL WEEKEND ADMISSION: $450 + TAX (INCLUDES CAMPING)

SALMON ARM ROOTS AND BLUES FESTIVAL AUGUST 15-18, SALMON ARM, BC

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues. Photo: Contributed

This family-friendly event will showcase a selection of bluegrass, blues, celtic, afro-beat and Americana music across its four daytime and two evening stages. Featuring an artisan market with handcrafted Canadian creations, a global food village offering a selection of Western Cuisine and ethnic delights, and a family fun zone with a great selection of Children’s activities — there is much more than just great music on offer at this festival.

ADVANCE WEEKEND PASS: $189, GATE PRICE: $209
(DISCOUNTED ENTRY AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS, YOUTH AND SENIORS).

WICKED WOODS SEPT. 13-16, FAIRMONT HOTSPRINGS B.C.

Wicked Woods festival. Photo: Khaos Photos

The end of summer has never felt so sweet, as wild things gather for one more magical weekend under the stars. Overlooking the majestic Kootenay River Valley, the 12th annual Wicked Woods Music Festival features three nights of rumbling bass and welcoming community. There will be many comfy zones throughout the grounds as a fantastic reprieve for sore dancing feet.

New this year – participants will be able to navigate between the three stages (Ursus, Hallow and Unicorn) with guidance from the interactive art and light displays that will be dotted around the venue.

FULL WEEKEND PASS: $275 + TAX (INCLUDES CAMPING)

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