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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews and Stevie Nicks to Headline BottleRock Festival

There's something for everyone at this year's BottleRock festival, with organizers announcing that LA icons Red Hot Chili Peppers, festival veterans Dave Matthews Band and two-time Rock and Roll of…

There’s something for everyone at this year’s BottleRock festival, with organizers announcing that LA icons Red Hot Chili Peppers, festival veterans Dave Matthews Band and two-time Rock and Roll of Fame honoree Stevie Nicks will headline the 2020 music festival, May 22-24 at the Napa Valley Expo.

Joined by top-billed artists Miley Cyrus, Khalid and Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, this year’s Memorial Day weekend festival in the heart of Northern California wine country has one of the strongest and most diverse music-centric programming slates in Bottle Rock’s eight-year history.

“It’s the deepest lineup that we have ever had,” Dave Graham, chief executive of BottleRock Napa Valley tells Billboard. “No matter how you want to measure it, whether it’s ticket sales, per band, the depth of the talent on the seventh or eighth lines of the lineup or on money spent, it’s our strongest lineup to date.

The Chili Peppers will be playing with their former guitarist John Frusciante after a ten-year absence while Nicks returns after record-breaking tour with Fleetwood Mac, performing one of her first solo shows in nearly three years. 

“Dave Matthews Band was the first headliners we booked this year — it’s someone we have always wanted, it was just a matter of waiting for the stars to align, Graham said. “Each year you have your wishlist and then you look at what is available on that wishlist. What was so interesting about this year was the number of huge female touring artists performing in 2020.”

This year’s BottleRock festival will include 2019 Grammy winner Brandi Carlile and nominee Janelle Monae whose album Dirty Computer was selected by Billboard staff as one of the top five best records of 2018. Bottlerock also booked legendary punk and pop pioneers Blondie, country crossover star Maren Morris, indie duo Tegan and Sara, along with breakout star Grace VanderWaal and 2020 nominee for best new artist Maggie Rogers.


This year’s lineup includes a strong international contingent led by global dance superstar Zedd, Icelandic pop group Of Monsters and Men, Australia’s Empire of the Sun and the U.K.’s Foals, as well as a top tier booking for the Americana and roots genres lead by The Avett Brothers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Amos Lee, Trampled By Turtles, CAAMP and Mandolin Orange

This year’s festival also features Billie Eilish‘s brother, collaborator and songwriter Finneas, Jimmy Eat World, Local Natives, Iration, Milky Chance, Hamilton Leithauser, Ra Ra Riot, Big Freedia, DJ Z-Trip, and Billboard favorite Reignwolf, along with throwback sets from hip hop legends Eric B. & Rakim and Digable Planets, as well as 1970s legends Village People.

“It’s important to us to have something for everyone, and the decision to have classic hip hop on the lineup was a no brainer — I know every Eric B. & Rakim song by heart,” Graham says. “And then when you see Maren Morris and Zed on the lineup, who together had one of the biggest songs on the planet with ‘The Middle,’ we feel this lineup represents the best of what is happening in music right now.”

BottleRock also features the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage, showcasing a unique mashup of cooking demonstrations with renowned chefs, celebrities, performers and rock stars. Details will be announced at a later date.

The past few years of BottleRock have sold out (2018 sold out in a matter of minutes) and tickets for this year’s festival are expected to go quickly. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT GA passes are $359 while VIP passes start at $849. To learn more, see the full lineup and buy tickets visit BottleRockNapaValley.com.