BottleRock fans have been wondering for months who will hit the stage at this year’s festival. Now, the guessing is over.
The Cure, OutKast and Eric Church will headline BottleRock 2014. These performers, along with about 45 other artists, are scheduled to play at the Napa Valley Expo from May 30 to June 1.
BottleRock 2014 offers “an incredibly diverse lineup of talent that puts Napa Valley on the worldwide music map,” said David Graham of Latitude 38 Entertainment, the festival producer.
“With a mixture of rock, alternative, hip-hop, bluegrass, country, urban and more, plus the food and wine partners that make BottleRock so unique, we’ve got something for everyone,” said Graham.
Additional BottleRock 2014 performers are expected to be named in the coming days.
“As we continue to announce artists, you will see many well-known names along with a full lineup of homegrown Bay Area and California-bred local artists,” said Graham. “BottleRock is cultivating local talent while giving them a platform to a national audience.”
Kicking off the music on Friday night is The Cure. Their BottleRock performance is currently the only U.S. tour appearance on the books, said a news release.
The Cure formed as a post-punk rock band in England in the mid-’70s. Their debut album “Three Imaginary Boys” (released as "Boys Don't Cry" in the U.S.) brought them immediate attention. Among their many hits are "Lovesong," “Friday I’m in Love” and “Pictures of You.”
Atlanta-based duo OutKast are celebrating their 20th anniversary, and recently announced a reunion tour after an eight-year hiatus and will perform Saturday. Group members André Benjamin (Dré) and Antwan Patton (Big Boi) have several hit singles, including “Hey Ya!” and “Players Ball.” Their tour also includes a headlining spot at the Coachella music festival.
Country music star Eric Church has four studio albums, including “The Outsiders,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in February. The album sold 288,000 copies in the first week alone, according to Billboard Magazine. He will close the festival on Sunday.
The 2014 event will also feature a stage with local performers including The Deadlies, Soft White Sixties, The Sorry Lot and Grass Child.
BottleRock 2014 is two days shorter than the five-day festival of 2013 that included The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and the Zac Brown Band.
For many concertgoers, those bands helped make people consider BottleRock 2013 a “major” music festival comparable to Outside Lands or Lollapalooza. It’s unknown if this year’s festival will carry that same weight.
The event will be produced on four stages, spread across 26 acres on the grounds at the Napa Valley Expo. Food and wine from “vintner and culinary talents” will also be provided.
Vintners who will serve wine include Miner Family Winery, Rutherford Ranch, Rombauer, Grgich Hills, Hahn Family Wines and Ceja along with a line-up of domestic and imported beers from the MillerCoors portfolio (Peroni, Blue Moon, Pilsner Urquell, Coors Light, etc.) along with artisanal local craft-brewers such as Lagunitas.
Napa Valley celebrity chefs and restaurateurs including Morimoto, The Thomas, Tra Vigne, Azzurro, Norman Rose, Model Bakery, Eiko’s, Kara’s Cupcakes and more will be on site, said the news release. A percentage of food and beverage sales will benefit the Napa Valley Youth Symphony.
Formed in 2013, Latitude 38 Entertainment is owned, operated and managed by Napa Valley based entrepreneurs: David Graham, Justin Dragoo, Jason Scoggins and Joe Fischer.
Latitude 38’s vision is “to blend music, food, wine and community to enhance and elevate Napa Valley’s offerings and reputation as a world-class destination to live, play and work,” said a news release.
The partners bought the BottleRock name and other assets from 2013 producer BR Festivals. BR Festivals has since filed for bankruptcy, amidst $4.5 million in unpaid debts.