BottleRock 2014 lineup

This 5/30-6/1 in Napa Valley, California, one of the oddest, most counter-intuitive festival lineups in recent memory will come together for the three-day show BottleRock. OutKast will headline — that part isn’t so strange — as will the Cure, Weezer, and outlaw country star Eric Church. Further down the bill, the lineup boasts plenty of names that you’d expect to see on a big three-day festival poster: TV On The Radio, Deerhunter, De La Soul, Matt And Kim, Thee Oh Sees, the Black Angels. But they’ll share space with plenty of radio-playlist standbys from years gone by: LL Cool J (with Z-Trip), Heart, Third Eye Blind, Sublime With Rome, Blues Traveler, the Fray, Cracker, Gin Blossoms, Smash Mouth, Barenaked Ladies. This is the rare festival lineup where you’ll see the names “No Age” and “Spin Doctors” on the website’s lineup page, right next to each other. Napa Valley is, of course, wine country, and this festival would indeed make more sense if you were drunk. But it also seems like it might be really fun? Check out the festival info here.

Comments (33)
  1. Smash Mouth?

  2. Yeah I kind of totally want to go to this.

  3. Holy crap. I kind of want to see Smash Mouth, just to hit myself right in the 90s.

  4. Spin Doctors – Gin Blossoms – Ed Kowalcyck – Thee Oh Sees – Cracker

    One of these things is not like the other…

  5. I saw Spin Doctors/Gin Blossoms/Cracker on tour together in ’94. I still actively listen to one of those bands!

  6. What’s up with Matisyahu these days? Did he grow that beard back yet?

  7. By its very nature, Napa/Sonoma appeals to slightly older folks who have a bit of money and probably aren’t that cool anymore. (Disclaimer: I have memberships at SEVERAL wineries in Napa). A lot of this stuff is things that people my age and up grew up with on the radio when they were in their teens-thirties so it makes sense they throw it in there as a hook, while filling it out with just enough newer stuff that people feel current. Also, last year’s Bottlerock was a huge financial failure so they might be trying to pump it up with inexpensive but well-known names to get more people in the door.

  8. What is this…and why do I want to go to there so much?

  9. Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Fastball and Vertical Horizon were supposed to come to town last year. I bought a ticket in anticipation of it being the greatest day of my life…and then it got cancelled a few days before due to mysterious circumstances. The sun was a little dimmer in summer 2013.

  10. This might be the most glorious festival lineup I’ve laid my eyes on this year. I don’t drink, but I might have to go to this.

  11. I already have my ticket to Saturday! Genuinely excited for Outkast, Weezer, De La Soul, and No Age, but I also get to relive the glory days and watch some Third Eye Blind and Smash Mouth.

  12. If I went I would probably end up pounding Chardonnay while dancing like a maniac to Two Princes.

  13. you wont believe this one weird trick where you include mostly shitty bands with some good bands to make them seem cool

  14. Also worth noting: Tea Leaf Green is one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen.

  15. I’m gonna be out of town that weekend but oh man! Seems incrediweird.

  16. What? No Toad the Wet Sprocket?

  17. This kind of reminds me of the jokey Coachella lineups that pop up in the weeks right after the festival – except this is a legitimate thing.

  18. So is this one of those fake festivals, with a fake poster someone made up of bands they grew up listening to and wanted to see them at a festival??

  19. OK, so I guess I should probably shed some light on this as a Napa local who has been following this closely…

    Last year was the first BottleRock Napa Valley. Big names (Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Jane’s Addiction, Flaming Lips, etc. etc.) over five days. Put on by two guys with no experience and they didn’t negotiate any of the contracts. They also didn’t get their own liquor license, so they “contracted” that out to a local restaurateur who made all the money off the booze. See a problem so far? So the guys that ran the first BRNV went bankrupt, owing a few million bucks to various vendors. Boo, hiss.

    Cut to this year…a group of three bought the branding rights to BRNV, paid off *some* of the debt, and is putting on a tighter, decidedly more conservatively-booked festival. They booked a couple of big names (e.g. have fun with Kanye, Outside Lands…we’ve got Outkast) and a couple of wtf-is-this acts (Smashmouth…?) and a couple of “yow, this is really cool” acts (TVotR, Deerhunter)…all so they can hopefully show some semblance of profitability and make a slightly “hipper” festival next year. I hope.

    Bottom line? It was a bunch of fun last year, it’ll still be fun this year (albeit, a different kind of “Aw, shit! Look how old that guy from the Spin Doctors looks!” fun). The food will be amazing. The weather will be perfect. And after the festival you can just walk three blocks to downtown.

    Yeah, I’m a local shill. But this is worth it.

  20. Nothing weird here. Rockin,’ bigger, and badder….A cool event just got on steroids for its sophomore year! We’re not allowed to like the Cure AND Outkast? –Concert vet, local shill

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