BottleRock 2014 Dates Announced

Organizers enthused by support and attendance; Celebrate birth of North California's newest festival.

UPDATE: 10 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013.

Here are photos taken by fans at Sunday's BottleRock Napa Valley:


ORIGINAL STORY: 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2013.

BottleRock organizers ended five days of great tunes, perfect weather, food, beer and community with an announcement that the festival would return next May to Napa.

“We did the impossible in less than six months and the people responded,” said Festival co-founder Gabe Meyers.

“BottleRock Napa Valley was a dream my business partner Bob Vogt and I had. To sit here Mother’s Day weekend and celebrate the birth of a new northern California festival feels incredible. A big thank you goes out to all the artists, believers, fans and especially our crew that joined us for this first year event and made it a spectacular start.”

Next year’s festival will be held May 9-11, 2014, with three-day tickets already on sale. Everyone who purchased BottleRock tickets through the festival’s ticketing partner will be emailed a promotional code that can be applied to a three-day pass for next year’s event.

Purchase pre-sale tickets for BottleRock 2014

An estimated 35,000 people attended the inaugural BottleRock festival at the Napa Valley Expo to hear more than 80 artists over the course of five days. 

See Napa Valley Patch’s full coverage of BottleRock, including photos, videos and commentary.

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wiseone May 14, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Unfiltered Steve S. You obviously did not read or understand my comment or else you chose to turn a blind eye to what I-and many,many others have pointed out. And that is, that until the last few years,noise at the Fairgrounds has not been such a big deal. It's only with the onslaught of super amplification and the subsequent rising noise levels from such events as the tractor pull that noise has become so overwhelming. So quit trying to put the problem on the neighbors. And yes, you are smug.You act as if the rights of the promoters to hold an event and make a profit by hosting an event at a public venue is a given and that everyone else should just kiss off and shut-up. Well, sorry, that's not how it works. As a public venue, the state fairgrounds is paid for by all taxpayers. The opportunity to host an event there is simply that-an opportunity. It is not a given. The whole process that the promoters used-from tapping their connections and not working with the city of Napa to not working with the neighborsor the neighborhood from the beginning- lead to a really frustrating and bad reality for the neighbors. It won't happen like that next year. There is no compelling reason to create such bad feelings between the neighbors and the fair board. If the current Fair board members don't get this then perhaps Gov.Jerry Brown will need to appoint some who do get it.
Dakota Jo May 14, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Mr. Wilson, your lack of empathy is underwhelming. My dog was disturbed by the noise and we worked to calm her all weekend. In the end, just had to turn on the a/c and shut the door. I could still feel the vibration 2 miles away. I've lived in Napa for many decades, not that its relevant <ahem>. I have a right to the quiet enjoyment of my home, which will now include ignoring your commentary on my comment.
Scott Yeager May 14, 2013 at 02:08 AM
What does that have to do with this thread? One other thing, Monsanto is not your friend or a good business.
Tom Walsh May 14, 2013 at 02:09 AM
All in all it was a great time. Line up was great. Sound was good. Food was good. Getting in and out was a breeze, better than Disneyland. Only complaints, too much glorified-screen-savor effects on video monitors during Kings of Leon. In a venue that big you want to see the band if you can, not a bunch of patterns hashing up the shots. I'd say you got good clear shots of the band < 10% of the time. That's a waste of good cameras. Also, cooking area in the WholeFoods section could've used some big fans to dissipate the smoke upwards . . . they could also serve to lessen audio overlap from the various venues.
Scott Yeager May 14, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Outdoor rock festivals have been held for a long, long time and "super" amplification as you call it has been around since the 70s. The Cal Jams held in the mid 70s in Ontario had a couple of hundred thousand people at them as an example. It's nothing new. I understand it was loud and I was surprised that I didn't hear it where I live, I thought for sure we would, but this idea that there is high powered outdoor amplification as a surprise shouldn't have been.
MICHAEL P. WILSON May 14, 2013 at 02:44 AM
This very small minority NIMBY anti fun soft heads will not kill the expo. BRNV was a great event and should be booked for years to come.
Michael Haley May 14, 2013 at 03:23 AM
I agree with those who feel the neighbors have a right to complain about the noise. Never has there been such a loud event there, and it is not fair to say they should have known that when they bought or rented their house. Every house in the county is potentially next to a big increase in noise. The wine train might be sold and one of the plans is to change it to a commuter diesel line. Diesels are very noisy, very loud, and the plan is to run one every 15 minutes. So if you live within a half mile of the train tracks now, and you don't want your dishes rattling off the shelf if that happens, should we tell you to stfu you bought close to a train line and ought to know better? Or if the main road near you gets turned into a major highway? All those things are realistically possible in the future.
Chris Cappeto May 14, 2013 at 03:32 AM
The worst traffic I encountered was having to wait through 3 cycles of traffic signals at the intersection of Redwood and Solano because the darn Wine Train was inconsiderate enough to travel through the intersection at the same time I was headed to BottleRock. I request that the Wine Train only operate during hours when no one is driving. As for the noise, it was over by 10:00, give or take a few minutes. There's no debating that because that how it was. I live by Alston Park and I have been woken up more times at 2:00 AM by wind machines than I care to remember. Have you ever tried to get to St. Helena during Harvest? It's not worth complaining about because the vineyards were here when I moved in AND without the wind machines and trucks on the roads there is no wine. Without wine there is no Napa and I live in any other generic town. Anyone remember when San Jose had Apple Trees? The price you pay to live in a town where it's 70 degrees and sunny in March when most of the country is buried in snow and ice and your home prices just increased 25% last year and everyone you know says, "Oh...you live in Napa?" is a few inconveniences. I'd rather be inconvenienced a few days a year than live in San Jose.
Henri Bridges May 14, 2013 at 03:57 AM
wiseone: Are you part of the same group of people that complained about the new transit station and now buses are not allowed to go there past 6pm because of neighborhood 'noise'? That is an EVERYDAY inconvenience for people who use the bus to commute from St. Helena for work. Trust me, I know this first hand. If you are part of the group that also protested against the transit center, I think you have been catered to enough. Quit trying to block the progression of this town.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau May 14, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Michael, according to your logic, it's perfectly OK to: Choose to have children and then complain about having children. Buy a house on a cliff and complain about erosion. Park under a tree and shoot the birds who poo on your car. Ride your bicycle across railroad tracks and sue the railroad when you crash. Say it's R.J. Reynolds fault that you have lung cancer. Blame the Nigerian Prince who emptied your bank account and left you in debt. Every one of those can be avoided by planning ahead and making wise life choices. So, yeah, it's completely fair to tell someone intelligent enough to buy or rent a house that they made a poor choice.
Henri Bridges May 14, 2013 at 04:07 AM
wiseone: Are you part of the same group of people that complained about the new transit station and now buses are not allowed to go there past 6pm because of neighborhood 'noise'? That is an EVERYDAY inconvenience for people who use the bus to commute from St. Helena for work. Trust me, I know this first hand. If you are part of the group that also protested against the transit center, I think you have been catered to enough. Quit trying to block the progression of this town.
Harry Balzonya May 14, 2013 at 04:46 AM
5 days is equivalent to 1.4% of the year. The event ended by 10:00 pm. Traffic was well managed. Only a handful of arrests, The event was well managed, enjoyed by all attendees and brought a lot of money into the economy (and a huge amount of money to a handful - but hey that's capitalism) You live in a destination town that relies on tourists and events as a main segment of the economy. Further you live near a large venue for public events and then are shocked when events are held there? Wow. Complain all you want because there is big money to be made now and no amount of letter writing and bitching is going to get in the way of that.
Paddy May 14, 2013 at 06:19 AM
Wise states: "As a public venue, the state fairgrounds is paid for by all taxpayers." Absolutely correct! 30,000 taxpayers went through those gates each day to revel in their Fairground.... It was fabulous!
Paddy May 14, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Dear Dakota. Unless your dog pays taxes she has no rights in this discussion. The 30,000 taxpayers that paid to enjoy what they're tax dollars go to support really got their moneys worth. I live .25 miles away and LOVED everything about the WillPower stage. So did the 18 taxpayers who arrived at my house, stayed for free and spent thousands of dollars. The California economy and Napa economy are grateful! What kind of animal lover would put their animal through the torture you describe. This is nothing compared to July 4th fireworks... what do you do then?
Paddy May 14, 2013 at 06:43 AM
I think all of us living within a mile of the fairgrounds should be required to sign an agreement similar to the Napa County Right-to-Farm ordinance.... We'll call it the Fairground Right-to-Rock ordinance. We'll only have to abide by it for a week or so a year and for the very sensitive we'll end the fun at 10 PM so dogs, gerbels and children can be assured a reasonable nights sleep. Like the vineyard views and quietude those enjoy as neighbors of farm land we'll enjoy the peace and tranquility of our Napa Fairground for 350 days of the year and allow the tax paying masses to enjoy their fairground for a very short period of time.
Harold Edwards May 14, 2013 at 09:42 AM
One of my house's is in Calistoga next to the Napa Fair Ground's,they have the Fair,Sprint Car Race,Golf Course Football Game's you name it,and it get's very loud.I don't go to any of those event's.I live there and I enjoy that people use the ground's & the county make's money.If you live next to the Fairground's what do you expect be Man enough or Woman enough to live with it or move out.Nobody wants to listen to your crying.I want to see more event's going on it's good for all.What do you guy's want to keep it empty like your mind's.
Michael Haley May 14, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Steve, I think all those examples are exactly different. A truer comparison would be to say you bought a new car and find out it really has 40,000 miles on it, or you bought a house next to a vineyard in the ag preserve and told it would never be built on then they build a big building with a lot of traffic right next door. Etc, this is a big change for the Fairgrounds, one that is unexpected and out of scale to anything that has ever been done there. Are we just going to give up citizens rights to plan their own town and neighborhood? Can the Expo board do just anything? They could legally start doing a music festival every month, or even every week. Would it be ok for them to completely ruin the neighborhoods quality of life? Are there no standards or bounds?
Joe Eaton May 14, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Are you implying that homeowners and tenants should be forced to sign a document that effectively states they are abandoning their rights? One thing that is interesting is that despite multiple references I am not sure that many people understand is that "peaceful enjoyment of your property" is not just a random statement. It is fundamental real estate law : http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Quiet+enjoyment. These rights exist, they are in the books and are legally entrenched. Anyone that signed such a document would be foolish. Sorry, this argument is just plain silly. The city has a legal obligation to not only respect this right, but to uphold and secure it for homeowners AND renters.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau May 14, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Actually, you know what? I'm forgetting that it's pointless to attempt to convince anyone to change their opinion. Complain about the crowds and noise from BottleRock all you want. In fact, call WillPower Entertainment, Call the City Of Napa, call the State of California, call everyone and complain complain complain. When the frustration of dealing with bureaucracies gives you a brain aneurysm and it blows I'll relax with a nice glass of wine and toast your efforts.
Joe Eaton May 14, 2013 at 05:10 PM
It is an interesting argument. Do you forfeit your rights to peaceful enjoyment when you make your residence in an area with a history or expectation of noise? Definitely worth some research. Has this case been tested in California? Further, what is the limits on the liability for the promoter once the event is over? A lot of people have correctly pointed out that the event honored the 10:00 amplified music ordinance, but what about the noise associated with the exodus of 10,000 to 30,000 guests leaving the event and walking through the neighborhoods. Does that constitute a nuisance? I am not saying it is our isn't. Just a rhetorical question. BottleRockers should find out before the other side does.
Harold Edwards May 14, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Better idea,Let's tear it out and put in a big shopping mall.Fast food restaurant's,chain store's,or a big Wall Mart store.Urban decay all the way.That's the American way.
Paddy May 14, 2013 at 06:17 PM
The noise generated by all those hopped up children at Alta Heights school can be very annoying too but we deal with it.
wiseone May 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM
In case those of you who are commenting have forgotten, we folks in Alta Heights and in the downtown area near the Fairgrounds have also put up with lots of construction noise from the Flood control project over the past ten years. We put up with the city closing roads and doing emergency repair work and street work for the BottleRock folks for months before the event. it's really unfair to have certain neighborhoods bear the brunt of noise and disruption. We've shown a lot of patience and yet this is how we're treated? And many of you suggest that we move? Uh, no. I live here. I'm not moving. Maybe these events and event venues should move. They are too loud and too disruptive for neighborhoods. And they in no way, shape or form abided by Napa's noise ordinance. The old "you can't stop progress" argument is as stale and wrong as ever. It isn't "progress" when you undermine quality of life for the people living in an established town/neighborhood. It isn't "progress" when you fail to include the public in the planning process. it isn't "progress" when you put the greed of promoters before the rights of citizens.
wiseone May 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM
That comment-surely meant to be snarky -actually reveals more about the sad state of your imagination.
wiseone May 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM
I'm pretty sure if people subscribed to your view of the world, the public has no right to complain about anything because it's all going to happen anyway and it's all going to be bad. Wrong and wrong again.The price we pay to live in an area like this has nothing to do with some misconception of what constitutes "progress." The price we pay is being involved and making our public officials responsive to the kind of town we want to reside in. Part of being involved is expressing dissatisfaction when we experience something we don't like. That's what many of us are doing.
MICHAEL P. WILSON May 14, 2013 at 11:51 PM
I sort of like Harolds idea
Paddy May 15, 2013 at 12:09 AM
wiseone states: "And many of you suggest that we move? Uh, no. I live here. I'm not moving." HOORAY! Then stop complaining. The majority will rule (one hopes) and we'll see show next year, scaled down but louder than you'll find acceptable. Rent your house, take a mini-vacation, do something if you're going to stay. You've run out of plausible reasons why it shouldn't be at Expo next year.
Chris Hattich May 15, 2013 at 03:12 AM
This is obviously a first-hand report and not just your biased opinion, right ?
Chris Hattich May 15, 2013 at 03:26 AM
For an inaugural run of a festival like this, I feel like they did a nice job getting some pretty solid talent to commit. Success breeds success so if the festival continues to do well in future years, you'd probably expect the talent level to continue getting better as well.
Matt Grantham June 05, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Maybe somebody could actually source the data for how much money the average Napan is supposed to make, or how much the city, and state for that matter, paid to hold it. I made the best of it here on Juarez and for the most part enjoyed. However that does not give me the right to sit in judgement of my neighbors who had every right to be bothered. The argument that people knew what they were getting into is about the stupidest I can imagine. It takes all responsibility of the organizers and city since they can know claim Oxbow and Alta residents knew that we can do anything to them in terms of noise and crowds because they signed up for whatever we throw in their faces. What is even more amazing is that those who don't want government interfering with their private property are on the governments side on this


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