BottleRock Napa Valley Back for Real, Announces 2014 Festival Dates

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We told you recently that the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival -- which arrived in its first year with a big, multi-stage lineup, some logistical headaches, and a pile of unpaid debts -- might be returning in 2014. This morning, it became official. A new group of investors calling itself Latitude 38 Entertainment has purchased the BottleRock name, and signed a deal with Napa officials to hold a multi-stage festival this May 30-June 1. But just how similar it will be to last year's event?

The new organizers are subtly, but firmly emphasizing their differences, calling this year's event BottleRock 2.0. The press release today says that investor group Lattitude 38 simply "has purchased the BottleRock name," and repeatedly emphasizes the clean break with last year's promoters.

We can see why they might want to be careful: Though it had a massive lineup with Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, the Flaming Lips, and many other big names, last year's event also suffered more than a few headaches, including traffic jams, an odd food and drink setup, and large bills to festival staff and concessioners that were paid late.

Anyway, organizers of this year's festival say they plan to announce a lineup in late February or early March, with tickets going on sale around the same time. (Tickets purchased last year through the old promoter will be honored as well.) Note that the 2014 edition will only run for three days, as opposed to last year's five, which should help with the logistics. But the big point is that a Napa Valley music festival, which we originally thought was an odd idea, is definitely back for this year. We're curious to see how this new group pulls it off -- and what kind of talent they can get for the lineup.

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pennysurfers
pennysurfers

Suggestions for this year:


1)Do not allow a helicopter to make numerous loud passes overhead

2)Include at least one drink with the ticket 


emailmejg
emailmejg

"Festival staff & vendors...paid late" how about never! Act like reporters & not festie syncophants! Over 150 union stagehands are still unpaid, my hubby's one. They gave the last promoters money to do what ? Screw us again? Pay lawyers to deny people their rightful wages? I'll be walking a picket line, come join me!

Micki Dee
Micki Dee

Wow. How is the new promoter suppose to make any money? Bet ticket prices are going to be ridiculous!

Brian Fulk
Brian Fulk

The new group purchased not only the name, but the debt and bad karma.

aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

What, another ripoff scammer?

ExecuteTamayoNow
ExecuteTamayoNow

Boycott, boycott, boycott.  Until all the outstanding debts are paid.

Bill Hughes
Bill Hughes

According to a lawsuit filed by IATSE, $630,000 in wages and benefits were left unpaid after the 2013 event. When asked if those members would be paid for that work, Beaumonte declined to comment

Bill Hughes
Bill Hughes

What ever you do DO NOT SUPPORT THIS EVENT !! The monumental debt, the unpaid workers, the broken promises made to good intentioned vendors and charitable organizations was a travesty. Regardless of "new promoters" boycott them where it hurts the most-with YOUR hard earned dollar!

Oldand IntheWay
Oldand IntheWay

Do not enjoy going to festivals thrown by the privileged, marketed and sold exclusively to privileged. Not a real family scene.

Anjelika Belkabelka
Anjelika Belkabelka

after reading the comments on SF weekly I doubt I wanna go. every single comment is how they fucked people over.

Brooke Tansley
Brooke Tansley

Read the article people. It's a new group of folks who just purchased the name of the festival.

Jeremy Baker
Jeremy Baker

Soooo they can put on another show without paying for the last? Magic money, I need some!

Dave Eaton
Dave Eaton

I have friends that are still waiting to get paid from working last year. I will never support that mess.

Christian Daun
Christian Daun

F*uck those guys and that festival. Pay the people you bastards!! I'll wait for Outside Lands Music Festival which I can walk to from my home. Lame lame LAME :(

Blake Villa
Blake Villa

Are their debts from last year going to be paid? The Up and Under Pub and Grill is still owed in excess of 150K.

Cara D'Arpino
Cara D'Arpino

They haven't even paid off the debts from last year

capone.john
capone.john

Actually they didn't purchase the debt. So just the bad karma.

johnny137
johnny137 topcommenter

Punctuation. Look it up.

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