New Festival Alert: BottleRock @ Napa, CA 5/9-5/12
Rumors of a new Northern California festival swirled around during the month of January. And on February 3, 2013, Napa Valley locals and select others with the presale password can purchase passes to the inaugural BottleRock Festival in Napa, California. General sales begin February 10. Touting headliners Further, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, and Zac Brown Band, and with a special kick-off show featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, BottleRock has a stacked lineup with something for everyone. Hit the jump to find out who else is playing and how you can be part of the first of what will hopefully be many years with BottleRock.
Unlike other festival heavy hitters, BottleRock is not backed by Another Planet, Goldenvoice, Live Nation or any other major promotion company. Instead, two Napa locals teamed up to offer a strong counterpoint to other outdoor and sometimes oversold festivals. BottleRock will be held at The Napa Expo and will undoubtedly tout the comforts visitors have come to expect from the North Bay.
In addition to headliners, BottleRock packs quite a punch of supporters, offering some favorites for just about everyone. Further (featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir) will be setting the tone Thursday night, along with Primus and the Black Crowes. Friday, May 10 brings festival veterans The Black Keys, with proven performers The Shins, The Flaming Lips, and Alabama Shakes. Indie-folk staples Ben Harper, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Iron & Wine are set for Saturday, May 11, to support Kings of Leon. Sunday offers the most interesting lineup combination with country-folk notables Zac Brown Band, Cake, The Wallflowers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Brandi Carlile, and Rogue Wave.
Other notable performers include Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird, Jane’s Addiction, Dwight Yoakam, Grouplove, Best Coast, Mavis Staples, and Allah-las – who just finished off a tour collaborating with former San Franciscan Nick Waterhouse.
As if that wasn’t enough to draw you to the lush hills of Napa, thrift-shopping veterans Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (with special guests) will be doing a special performance on Wednesday, May 8. All 3- and 4-day pass holders have access to the show, and those on the fence can score a ticket for $29 (“that’s a bargain bitch,” as Macklemore would put it).
Expect lots of great local vendors to offer bites and booze. It is Napa Valley, after all. BottleRock is expected to augment the lineup — including a whole comedy bill — as May draws near, so keep an eye out at the BottleRock website and Rabbits Black for the latest updates.
Limited pre-sale passes go on sale Sunday, February 3, 2013, and are available until February 9 or until sold out. General 3- and 4-day passes go on sale beginning February 10, 2013. The 3-day runs for $299, and gains you admission Friday through Sunday, while the 4-day pass goes for $399. VIP passes that offer access to over 30 after parties and special events all throughout Napa are available for $599.
Edit (2/2): Friends of BottleRock on Facebook will have early access to tickets. Head over to their Facebook page, like them, and receive your password on Wednesday morning to buy passes before the general sale begins.
All passes are available through BottleRock’s official website. No official word on single-day passes, however hopefully BottleRock will go the way of most other major festivals by offering limited amounts of one-day tickets closer to the event.