Last year we impulsively checked BottleRock Napa Valley and it turned out to be one of the best weekends of our lives. This year, we return to the rolling hills of California’s wine country for another busy weekend, with a lineup featuring some of the biggest names in music history as well as several current high-profile superstars.
As we prepare to enjoy all the delicious wine, spectacular food and fantastic music, Nathan brings us his five predictions for BottleRock 2022.
Metallica will set the bar high on Friday night
The Californian heavy metal icons will have home-court advantage on Friday night as they headline the first night of BottleRock. Billed at the same time as the Norwegian DJ Kygoyou can expect two very different audiences at two very different shows.
Metallica have been on the road playing a career-encompassing setlist, giving fans exactly what they want with the perfect combination of nostalgia and jaw-dropping rock.
My bet is on the opening riff of “Enter Sandman” being the highlight of the whole weekend. Can’t wait to hear the whole crowd erupt as James Hetfield shouts “We are off to Neverland!”
Hip Hop royalty will have something to prove
The biggest surprise of the program was seeing the hip-hop supergroup Mount Westmore be propelled to the second leg of the headliner in favor of twenty one pilots.
Formed in 2021, Mount Westmore consists of four of the greatest Californians of all time – Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, E-40and Too short — and will make their festival debut this weekend.
Missing out on that headlining spot on the main stage is sure to motivate them to bring a little extra, and with a setlist full of rap classics, including “It Was a Good Day,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Boyz- n-the-Hood,” Saturday night is sure to be an evening the hip-hop fans in attendance will never forget.
People will be blown away by the theatrics of P!nk
P!nk has evolved in ways no one could have imagined 20 years ago, when it topped the pop charts alongside Britney and Christina. Yet here we are in 2022, seeing her headlining not one but TWO of America’s biggest festivals – BottleRock and Austin city limits.
His shows are known not only for his huge songs at two decades of chart-topping, but also for his incredible death-defying acrobatics floating above the crowd. Anyone expecting to see this pink-haired babe sing 2000s pop hits will be both a shock AND an incredible sight.
Saturday’s undercard will be tough to beat
We all know that one of the best parts of music festivals is scouring the small stages for future headliners, and day two of BottleRock is absolutely loaded from top to bottom with bands that match the invoice. On Saturdays alone, 5-6 bands play before the headliner which provide as much excitement as any headliner – the main headliners better watch their backs!
Banks and Rainbow Kitten Surprise would be my top two picks as future BottleRock headliners. Banks, with as much talent and stage presence as Dua Lipa, is sure to crush early Saturday night. And Rainbow Kitten Surprise brings her every live show, with Ela MeloThe haunting vocals and memorable performances guaranteed the band several new fans.
Other Saturday highlights include The black crows, Silversun Pickups, Bahamian and Noah Kahan.
Can Twenty One Pilots rock harder than Metallica?
My first memory of twenty one pilots was at bonnaroo, watching singer Tyler Joseph climb the scaffolding as festival organizers beg him to come down. This little snapshot should give a small taste of what a Twenty One Pilots show can look like.
The two-piece band from Ohio quickly went from side tent to headliner, thanks in large part to the theatrics and high energy of their live shows. But it’s not all crowd participation, delusion and constant surprises – their sound has also evolved, as they’ve aged and grown in popularity.
We bet that Twenty One Pilots will bring everything it takes to justify its presence at the top of the BottleRock poster.
BottleRock Napa Valley in place of From Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May. For more information, including last-minute tickets and times, visit the BottleRock website HERE.
We’ll be exploring the best BottleRock has to offer this weekend, so stay tuned to our socials and check back here for all the action!