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BottleRock Napa Valley 2024 Festival Recap

Bottlerock lineup 2024

BottleRock Napa Valley 2024 Festival Recap

BottleRock 2024 returned to Napa Valley for its 11th installment of the annual Memorial Day Weekend festival from Friday May 24th to Sunday May 26. What better way to kick off the summer in the Bay Area, than to attend a music festival that focuses on the food and drink as much as the musical talent. This is the perfect time of year for a Music, Food and Wine Festival as the weather starts to warm up for the summer.

BottleRock is a three-day festival drew an estimated 40,000 music, food and wine lovers each day and was held at the Napa Valley Expo near downtown Napa. And although this is the biggest music festival in Napa Valley, the food and wine are also considered the headliners and main attractions as Napa Valley is well known for its amazing wine and culinary cuisine.

The Line-Up

BottleRock 2024 Napa Valley’s headliners includes live performances by Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, Stevie Nicks, Megan Thee Stallion, Queens of the Stone Age, The Kid Laroi, Norah Jones, The Offspring, T-Pain, Kelly, Oliver Tree, Bebe Rexha, Cold War Kids, Boywithuke, Tower of Power, The Beaches, Stephen Marley and other local bands and artists.

The Venue

The Napa Valley Expo has been the home and venue for BottleRock for the last half decade. Conveniently located next to down town Napa, where you can get a hotel, AirBnB and they even offer Camping just a little outside of town. If you drive to the event, there is limited street parking, so paying early for a parking pass is the smart plan for the main parking lots available for those who drove to the event. Not many people know, but there is also a camping option at Camp Carneros at Skyline Wilderness that can also provide shuttles that only take 15 minutes to get to the venue.

The Napa Valley Expo continues to improve and expand over the years, as they have installed VIP Skydecks, raised platforms for better viewing, more shade to stay cool and kept the grass green and soft to sit on with your blankets. They have also created LCD video stages so that from even the back, you can see the artist play on their big LCD screens. The stages, according to attendance size is JaM Cellars Stage, Verizon Stage, Allianz Stage and Truly Stage. A big upgrade was ditching the portal potties and installing main stay bathrooms where they used to be, this definitely appreciated by the ladies, as there’s always a toilet set to sit on now.

The Food

This year, the celebrity guest appearances at the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage seem to be the biggest surprise of the festival, and something almost every attendee was looking forward to. When you have Warriors Fan Favorite, Stephen Curry and movie star Bradley Cooper appearing on stage to show off their culinary skills and Cooper throwing out cheesesteaks to promote his up and coming cheesesteak business. Other celebrity appearances include Cameron Diaz, Nelly, T-Pain, Neil Patrick Harris and Tommy Lee. These are all names we all grew up knowing, and the Culinary Stage was the most jam packed stage that created the most buzz. Food lovers will often mistake BottleRock for a food festival, as they are offered so many choices from popular local Napa Valley Restaurants and food trucks. Some popular restaurants that had food stands in the culinary garden include; Poutine Brothers, Stateline Road Smokehouse, Morimoto Asia, Cluck Me Friend Chicken, Kara’s Cupcakes, Mo’s Hot Dogs, New England Lobster Shack and many more. There’s also special restaurant accommodations in the VIP village, where you can sit down at a table, eat, drink and relax.

The Drink

Wine lovers will refer to BottleRock as their favorite wine festival, because Napa Valley is world famous for their beautiful rolling hill vineyards and amazing selection of wines for all wine enthusiasts. Popular Wineries that were represented at BottleRock include; Silverado Vineyards, Mumms Napa, JaM Cellars, Caymus Vineyards, Butter, Duckhorn and many others. With all the wine offerings, it’ll feel like a girl’s weekend in wine country. If you’re not really into wine, that’s OK too, because there’s many beer options with local craft beers and national breweries. And there’s a Truly’s stage where you can drink Truly’s and other hard seltzers. And if you just need that hard liquor, they got you covered with Don Julio Tequila, Hendrick’s Gin, and Ketel One Vodka.

The Experience

BottleRock is not your typical music festival, because there’s so much to experience that doesn’t require you to stand in front of the music stage and dance to your favorite artists. There’s a food garden, a wine garden, VIP bottle service, Art Exhibits and even a cooking stage. If you’re lucky, you might just stumble into a porta potty that will lead you to the only speakeasy monkey shoulder bar at BottleRock. A nice change of pace is checking out the silent disco that has 2 channels for 2 different DJ’s that will mix it up from Hip Hop to EDM, and from classic rock to punk rock and top 40.

And they even made a club room with a disco ball and strobe lights and lazers for all the club goers that just want to dance with others in the crowd, and you can even get table service like they do in Las Vegas. The GA wristband will get you into the venue and into all the main public areas, but if you got a VIP wristband, you’ll appreciate the faster VIP entrance line, along with the ample space, and raised platforms that comes with the VIP area next to each stage. And every VIP knows that the bathrooms are also much nicer and cleaner.

The VIP Skydeck for those who like getting bottle service with their friends and getting the best views of the main stage and crowds for people watching. BottleRock is a perfect festival to attends with your friends, your lover, or if you just want to venture out and experience something new and low key on your own. This festival draws an older mature crowd, so you don’t have to worry too much with young adults knocking drinks onto your nice dress, or puking on your new shoes, it’s a festival where you’ll enjoy being an adult, and enjoying the finer things in life, such as delicious food, great companionship, lively music and fabulous wine.

My favorite experience from the 2024 BottleRock festival was seeing Golden State Warriors MVP Stephen Curry and movie star Bradley Cooper on the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage getting the crowd exciting for their cooking demonstration. I’ve never seen the Culinary Stage so crowded in my life, but when Chef Curry is cooking, you gotta be there to witness it.

– Vu Ho

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