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Everything you need to know about Bass Canyon’s lineup, COVID rules, and more (DMNW Guide)

The Gorge hill at sunset during Bass Canyon
Credit: Bass Canyon (www.facebook.com/BassCanyon)

Are you getting excited for Bass Canyon this weekend? Excision’s full-fledged weekend of head banging is finally coming back to the PNW for its third rendition. Get ready because it’s the Gorge Amphitheatre’s first electronic show since 2019, and the bassheads will be out in full force. Read for more information about the festival and what to expect.

Lineup: Bass, bass, and more bass

Admittedly, unless you care about the nuances between different kinds of bass music, all you need to know about the lineup is that it’s dubstep. The biggest heavyweights in bass will be performing: Subtronics, Space Laces, SVDDEN DEATH, and countless other huge artists will take the two stages over the weekend.

If you haven’t been exercising those head banging muscles during the off season, there’s plenty of artists toeing towards a melodic line like SLANDER, Nurko, and Yetep. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like head banging or crying, check out some of the sets that will send you on a trip like Inzo, LSDream, and Liquid Stranger.

Veteran bass music fans will be whispering with the possibility of a Destroid reunion: Seattle-born KJ Sawka of Pendulum, Downlink, and Excision himself released a few tracks as a group under the Destroid alias. The likelihood of a surprise B2B2B is up for debate, but regardless we’re excited for a dedicated drum and bass set from Downlink.

And of course, attendees can look forward to three sets from the festival’s host, Excision. In addition to the classic two-hour Excision set, he’ll also throw down a “detox” set of experimental bass music. To close the festival, he’ll bring out Illenium for a B2B.

To support the local bass music scene, check out the local stage lineup. There will also be a silent disco that features local artists, so there’s plenty of opportunity to support some up-and-coming talent.

Download the Bass Canyon app for set times and more

Set times are out now on the Bass Canyon app, so debate the conflicts with your crew early. Beyond the schedule, the app also has several features like a venue map, wristband registration, and a list of vendors to come at the event. In the event of an emergency, notifications can also be enabled.

While preparing, don’t forget to check out the list of prohibited and permissible items at the Gorge on the What Can I Bring? page of the Bass Canyon website.

Proof of vaccination status or negative test required

A week before the event, increased COVID-19 precautions were announced as the spread of delta variant continues ramping up. In order to attend Bass Canyon, individuals must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status or a negative test administered in the last 72 hours. For more information about the new policy following suit from other large-scale festivals, visit the COVID-19 Information page on the Bass Canyon website.

We’re all familiar with the long lines for entry to the Gorge campground, and it’s a safe bet to expect this year’s to be longer. Put on some good music, hit the restroom beforehand, and be patient. With the additional step required for entry, security is sure to have their hands full.

Weather forecast calls for mild, mostly sunny days

Miraculously, the forecast doesn’t call for sweltering this year. Although it may be late August, bassheads may very well escape the major heat the Northwest has seen for a good part of the summer. Expect the days to be mild in the mid-70s, but prepare for the nights to get much colder. Don’t forget to bring plenty of warm clothes and blankets when you’re packing your favorite rave outfits.

Although the weather looks good, keep an eye on the smoke and air quality. Currently, the area has poor air quality from surrounding wildfires in peak season. Bring plenty of water and face masks, and don’t forget to take plenty of breaks if you experience negative effects from the smoke. Thankfully there will also be plenty of medical staff onsite who can help if you become ill.

Bass Canyon: a weekend full of bass with your friends

We can’t wait to mark the inaugural return of bass music to the Gorge Amphitheatre. The countdown to the third Bass Canyon has been a painfully long one, but it’s shaping up to be a terrific weekend for the head bangers. Bring your best friends and enjoy the killer lineup, and have a safe and fun experience at Bass Canyon 2021.

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