BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival 2021 Recap
The sixth annual BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival took place over Labor Day Weekend on September 3rd to 5th at The Napa Valley Expo. Tens of thousands of attendees came from all over to experience music acts, art, workshops, silent disco, food, wine, and everything in between. This was a unique festival after having to postpone BottleRock Memorial Day 2020 and 2021, but everything went smoothly and it was a success.
This year’s musical lineup did not disappoint with 80+ artists spanning multiple music genres. Artists included Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, The Highwomen, G-Eazy, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Eat World, Digable Planets, Jack Harlow, Megan Thee Stallion, Run The Jewels, and many more.
You got a bit of everything from rap, rock, punk, emo, pop, hip-hop, alternative, R&B, and other genres. There was something for everyone to enjoy.
The stage production and setup for all six stages created the effect ambiance for BottleRock. Each stage had something unique to it that make it perfect for the artists performing on it.
The main stages were JaM Cellars Stage, Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage, JaMPad, Plaza Stage, Truly Stage, and Verizon Stage. There was a seventh stage in the VIP area called the VIP Village Stage.
Walking from stage to stage was quick and easy. This made it easy to catch different artists that were playing at the same time. Luckily, there was not much overlap with the music as the time slots were spaced apart wisely.
The sound systems were amazing. You can hear the music crisp and clear from wherever you were at each stage. The stages were all close to one another, but not too close that the sounds bleed over.
The LED walls let you see the show no matter where you sat or stood up. Each stage had plenty of room to sit on benches or lay a blanket out on the grass and enjoy the music. If you wanted to get up close you could easily walk to the front of the stage and dance.
BottleRock was taking all health precautions when it came to covid. To enter the festival grounds you had to be either fully vaccinated or show a 72-hour negative covid test. Masks were mandatory anytime you were indoors. Outside masks were optional per California state guidelines.
You could see that people were excited to be at a music festival again after 18 months. The safety protocols for the virus and even protecting people helped make this a beautiful festival to attend.
Additionally, the stages spread out from one another so that it didn’t feel congested like other festivals where it’s the main stage and one alternative stage.
Food and Drink
There was a variety of food and drink options to keep things interesting for everyone. Many local restaurants and food trucks stopped by with delicious foods. No matter what you were in the mood to eat, there was always a place to satisfy your appetite. Some of the memorable foods included fried chicken, pizza, wraps, empanadas, curry, and paella to name a few.
What is Napa without the wine? There were so many choices from different wineries that you had to pace yourself. For people that didn’t like wine, they had craft beer and craft cocktails. Whether you liked a gin and tonic, Moscow mule, or just a shot of tequila, it was there for you to enjoy.
The Silent Disco was a crowd favorite at the festival. Attendees had the chance to dance like there was no tomorrow while controlling the music they listened to. As you entered the silent disco stage, staff members graciously greeted and handed you a pair of light-up headphones and explained how to use them. Watching people dance and scream, while no music can be heard was an interesting sight to see. Joining the silent disco was a unique experience like no other.
It was an exciting Labor Day weekend in Napa. We will definitely go back to this event next year and every year that it happens! We are glad this event happened despite all of the delays.
If you love music, food, and drinks then make sure to grab tickets for BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival 2022 as tickets will be going on sale soon.