The 2019 BottleRock Napa Valley is in the books, and 2020 BottleRock Napa Valley is officially scheduled – May 22-24
The sold out 2019 BottleRock Napa Valley, presented by JaM Cellars, has drawn to a close having entertained more than 120,000 attendees over the Memorial Day Weekend in historic downtown Napa. In addition to headliners Imagine Dragons and Logic on Friday, Neil Young + Promise of the Real and Pharrell Williams on Saturday, and Mumford & Sons and Santana on Sunday, the festival featured over 75 additional musical acts on 6 stages over the weekend, plus star chefs paired with musicians and celebrities on the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage. The weekend brought together hundreds of musicians, chefs, vintners, brewers and distillers for a three-day blend of music, wine, food, craft brews, spirits and hospitality that can only be experienced in the renowned Napa Valley.
At the end of the final performance on Sunday evening, festival organizers announced that BottleRock Napa Valley will return May 22 – 24, 2020.
“We couldn’t be happier with this year’s festival, all three days proved to be amazing,” said Dave Graham, of BottleRock Presents. “We were keeping our fingers crossed for Sunday’s weather, the cool and drizzly start to Sunday didn’t dampen any spirits and the afternoon and evening was pure magic. We are lucky to have the best audiences in the business!”
In addition to In addition to headliners Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons, and Neil Young + Promise of the Real, the JaM Cellars Stage was jumping all weekend with performances by OneRepublic, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lord Huron and Gary Clark., Jr. among many others. The Firefox Stage showcased headliners Pharrell Williams, Santana and Logic, with Sylvan Esso, Cypress Hill, Tash Sultana and more playing throughout the day, while on the Bai Stage attendees were entertained by artists Flogging Molly, Juanes, Big Boi and many more. The Lagunitas Stage featured one of its strongest lineups to date, including performances by Midland, Shannon & The Clams and The Soul Rebels, with the last performance each evening dedicated to the Silent Disco, featuring DJs Paul Oakenfold, White Panda, The Crystal Method and other surprise guests.
Another amenity unique to BottleRock Napa Valley is the up-close and personal acoustic sets by major festival acts in the JaM Cellars JamPad and the VIP Village. Appearing at the JamPad acoustic stage were Vintage Trouble, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bishop Briggs and more, bringing up close performances to the fans in general admission. Performing on the VIP Acoustic Stage were Gary Clark, Jr., Gang of Youths, Anderson East and many more.
The Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage was once again a festival standout, drawing thousands of viewers to watch memorable mashup moments combining food, music and antics. Appearing this year were culinary stars including Bravo’s Top Chef Gail Simmons, GRAMMY™ award-winning musician, television host, and three-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood, Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Travel Channel star Andrew Zimmern among others. As part of winning Bravo’s Top Chef Season 16, chef Kelsey Barnard Clark also made her debut appearance on the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage.
Celebrities and musicians appearing on stage included musicians Big Boi, Juanes, Michael Franti, Tré Cool of Green Day, Ben McKee and Daniel Platzman of Imagine Dragons, Taylor Hawkins of Chevy Metal, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Too $hort, Lydia Night of The Regrettes and Shannon Shaw. WWE star wrestlers The Bella Twins, along with sports stars Ken Griffey Jr., Jerry Rice and Jake Peavy also joined the fun, as well as celebrities Jeff Goldblum, Will & Grace’s Eric McCormack, Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor) on Game of Thrones, Gary Dell A’Bate (Baba Booey) of The Howard Stern Show and many more.
For the second year in a row, BottleRock Napa Valley set a Guinness World Record at the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage when Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, joined by sumo wrestlers Ryuichi Yamamoto and Hiroki Sumi, sliced 100 pieces of 3.5 ounces of tuna from a 205-pound fish in 12 minutes and 49 seconds, completely shattering the record and besting his target time of 25 minutes by nearly half.
After the final Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage performance on Sunday afternoon, legendary rocker Alice Cooper and chef Andrew Zimmern took over the culinary garden stage, branding it “Cooper’s Coop!” for a special Rubber Chicken Toss Guinness World Record attempt. After Cooper braved dining on Chef Zimmern’s chicken sashimi (a common dish in Japan), over 1200 rubber chickens were tossed towards the legendary rocker. The record (and chickens) fell just short, prompting Cooper to declare he will return in 2020 to try again.
BottleRock Napa Valley features a combination of the world’s biggest bands and artists alongside the hottest up-and-coming music acts paired with the finest wine, food, craft brews and spirits. Paired with Napa Valley’s incomparable hospitality and incredible weather, BottleRock is one the most elevated and enjoyable festivals in the country.
Photos By: Lowell Downey