Large Crowds Return to BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival

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NAPA – BottleRock Napa Valley returned this Memorial Day weekend, drawing a sold-out crowd of 40,000 fans to wine country every day.

Hip-hop supergroup Mount Westmore of Bay Area artists E-40 and Too Short and Southern California favorites Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg rocked the crowd on Saturday night. You could feel the energy among the fans as the band exploded hit after hit.

Their performance was just one of the big draws of the festival.

Singer Pink was part of the star-studded line-up on the culinary scene, where she took part in a taste test blindfolded.

“I’m great!” enthused Abra Winn from Las Vegas, who was attending the three-day festival for the first time.

“The people here, the different styles of music on all the different stages, I found a new artist, Delta from Australia. She was so, so good.”

“It’s cooler. Everybody’s in a good mood,” said Drew Shaver of West Virginia.

BottleRock brought in city dwellers and locals. Dishes from some of the best fine dining restaurants in the Bay Area were on display.

“A day of sales here, we push at least $11,000 to $15,000 a day. So from morning until night,” said Esmeralda Valenci of Malaysian restaurant Azalina.

BottleRock means big business for restaurants struggling to emerge from the pandemic, like San Francisco’s Azalina.

Last year’s BottleRock was pushed back to Labor Day weekend, when the festival still required proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. This year, there were no restrictions.

“It was so weird to be back last time. It was great to get out of the house but it was so different but now it’s like we’re back, that’s where we we’re meant to be,” said Doug Whitlow aka DJ. Type. “It’s food, it’s music, it’s BottleRock, I’m so happy.”

DJ Tyme performed at Saturday’s Silent Disco Party.

For the first time ever, BottleRock created a space called The Garden that featured educational cannabis vendors.

For regular festival-goers, the general mood was familiar with excitement and joy. The festival ends Sunday evening.

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