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While not as noisy as yesterday’s Coachella festival announcement 500 miles due south, and certainly lacking in acts that have risen from the grave, the 2016 version of BottleRock is not short on talent. In fact, the lineup looks a lot like what you’d assemble if you didn’t have to cater to EDM, hip-hop or hard rock crowds.
The three day-festival, set May 27-29 in Napa, will feature heavyweights Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder and Florence + the Machine as the headliners. Joining them on the big stage will be Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gogol Bordello, The Lumineers, Death Cab for Cutie, Lenny Kravitz, Walk the Moon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ziggy Marley, Grouplove and Cold War Kids, among a host of others. In all, there are 70-plus performers over four stages.
BottleRock may have leg up on their southern neighbors via a culinary stage that will feature famed chefs and celebrity luminaries playing foodie. For the financially elite who shell out for Skydeck, Suite or Platinum passes, sommeliers and celebrity chefs will bring together Napa’s renowned wine scene along with restaurateurs and craft brewers. Because there’s nothing more rock n’ roll than a fine chardonnay paired with jamón ibérico de bellota and a fine aged queso cabrales.
Weekend passes are $289, with VIP options starting at $619. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday here.