BottleRock took place from May 24 – 26, over Memorial Day Weekend. I was amazed by the variety of incredible wines provided by some of the most desired producers in the world. From crisp Sauvignon Blancs to delicious Chardonnays, BottleRock had it all. In addition, they held true to their promise that I wouldn’t go thirsty while listening to my favorite music.
For the fourth year now, JaM Cellars presented the main BottleRock stage. Headlining acts included Imagine Dragons, Mumford and Sons, and Neil Young. Parallel to this stage was the Firefox stage which was the destination for a lot of fans to lounge with a glass of wine. I got to see Logic, Pharrell Williams, Santana and more.
The festival allowed attendees to pair great wines with some of the hottest up and coming artist in the Bay Area? It’s never dull to combine Sterling Vineyards with Napa locals Forgotten Dreamers. When looking for something truly inspiring, the artistic bottles by Amouse Bouche look amazing next to the smooth sounds of Oakland band Shannon and The Clams. For those more adventurous souls, you might find solace in what’s different, combine The Prisoner Wine Company with energetic dance moves of San Francisco band Con Brio. The wine will do flips in your mouth while their lead singer Zeik does flips on stage.
WHERE IS BOTTLEROCK LOCATED?
Napa Valley Expo at 575 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559 (MAP)
- The city is filled with after parties Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when the festival ends.
- Napa weather is generally very sunny during the festival, although it rained a little on Sunday.
- All the vendors are very knowledgable about wine.
- Hotels are expensive and residents raise the price of their Airbnb listings. Some are so high the owner can then cover their next 3 months of rent.
- Traffic getting into Napa before the event and out of Napa after the event is HORRIBLE.
- Food and Wine prices are a bit more expensive than most festivals.
Fri 24 May 2019
Imagine Dragons • Logic • OneRepublic • Sylvan Esso • Flogging Molly • Jenny Lewis • AJR • Anderson East • The Dandy Warhols • LovelyTheBand • Paul Oakenfold • Alec Benjamin • Neon Trees • Midland • Vintage Trouble • The War and Treaty • Just Loud • Shannon Shaw • Flora Cash • Yoke Lore • Halfnoise • The Dip • Dessa • Liz Cooper & The Stampede • Valley Queen • Jack West • Forgotten Dreamers
Sat 25 May 2019
Neil Young + Promise of the Real • Pharrell Williams • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats • Gary Clark Jr. • Juanes • Cypress Hill • Elle King • Marian Hill • Sir Sly • Chevy Metal • Against Me! • Madison Beer • Pink Sweat$ • Shannon & The Clams • The Regrettes • White Panda • Elley Duhé • Moonalice • We Banjo 3 • Slothrust • Jared & The Mill • Royal Jelly Jive • Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact • The Blue Stones • Napa Valley Youth Symphony
Sun 26 May 2019
Mumford & Sons • Santana • Tash Sultana • Lord Huron • Michael Franti & Spearhead • Big Boi • Citizen Cope • Bishop Briggs • Gangs of Youths • Too $hort • Turkuaz • The Crystal Method • Skylar Grey • Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra • Houses • Con Brio • The Soul Rebels • Shaed • Welles • The Teskey Brothers • Harry Hudson • Ocean Alley • Sweet Crude • John Craigie • The Dustbowl Revival • Jes Frances • The Alive