Like anyone else who’s devoted to her favorite festival, I have been waiting for this morning for quite some time. Why? Because that’s when BottleRock Napa Valley was set to announce this year’s lineup — and announce it they did. I knew that Dave Grohl had said back in 2013 that if the festival made it another year, the Foo Fighters would play it, so it’s exciting to see that they’re making good on that promise. In addition, I’m looking forward to catching Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers again (whom I saw a few years ago at Outside Lands), as well as Maroon 5, who I haven’t seen live since the Songs About Jane era. And those are just the headliners.
I was so impressed with this year’s lineup that I counted the number of acts that have to be see this time around, and there’s at least twenty! This year, there’s no way I’m going to miss the set from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis! I’m also looking forward to Fitz & the Tantrums, Gavin DeGraw, Ani DiFranco, The Helmets (who were an unexpected smash last year), and so many more…
In no particular order, here are some songs from some of the best acts to see this year at BottleRock…
House of Pain, “Jump Around”
888, “Critical Mistakes”
Band of Horses, “No One’s Gonna Love You”
The Strumbellas, “Spirits”
Bishop Briggs, “River”
Saint Motel, “Move”
The Hunna, “You & Me”
This is just a taste of what’s to come this year, and takes into account none of the phenomenal offerings of food, wine & beer that can always be found at BottleRock. I think it’s safe to say that nothing makes me quite as proud of what my little town has become than each successful year at this festival, and the growth each year brings hasn’t yet failed to impress or inspire. As always, the festival will be held at the Napa Valley Expo, and this year the dates are May 26-28. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Jan. 4) at 10am PST. For more info, go here. I’ll see you there!