Bass Camp music festival, formerly hosted at Lake Tahoe, seeks to relocate to Topaz Lake
January 22, 2019
A casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that the Bass Camp event proposed for Topaz Lake in July was about fishing.
But it’s actually an electronic music festival where 3,000-6,000 people are expected to spend three days.
Douglas County commissioners are scheduled to discuss a permit for the event — previously hosted on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore — at their 1:30 p.m. meeting in Stateline Thursday.
Home to 15 reservable recreational vehicle campsites with water and power and 26 dry campsites and primitive camping elsewhere, Topaz Lake Recreation Area would be closed to the general public July 22 through Aug. 1 for the July 26-28 concert.
Organizers expect most of those attending the festival would come from within 300 miles of Reno-Tahoe.
An estimated 500 paid and volunteer workers would manage the event, according to information provided to the county.
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All the campsites at Topaz Lake are reserved and organizers plan to book Topaz Lodge and the Best Western.
Most of the music will be provided by electronic DJs, but there also will be live acts.
Food will be provided by food trucks and artisan festival food vendors. Organizers say they plan on there being 256 restrooms.
In a Jan. 11 letter to organizers, East Fork Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said the district’s main concern was the remoteness of the location in the middle of wildland fire season.
He said that because it is the first time a festival of its kind has been proposed in East Fork Township, additional conditions have been placed on the permit.
For four years Lake Tahoe’s South Shore was host to Bass Camp Festival, as well as a reggae festival produced by the same company, PR Entertainment. That ended in 2017 when PR Entertainment attempted to move the festival to the North Shore.
At the time, PR Entertainment founder Paul Reder said he did not want to host the festival in a parking lot, which had been the case during the four years on South Shore — the final year took place in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino parking lot.
The 2017 festivals in Tahoe ultimately were cancelled because the site on the North Shore was still under a healthy amount of snow well into the summer.
Reder told the Tribune at the time he hoped to bring the festivals back to South Shore in the future if an appropriate venue could be found.
A smaller, one-day iteration of the Bass Camp Festival occurred in 2018 at the Tahoe Beach Retreat. The sound was transmitted through wireless headsets distributed to event attendees.
Douglas County commissioners meet at the Tahoe Transportation Center, 169 U.S. 50, in Stateline.
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