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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Napa's Beleaguered BottleRock Music Festival Is Likely Returning This Year

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

click to enlarge Watching the Black Keys on a screen at BottleRock 2013. The festival looks set to return this year.
  • Watching the Black Keys on a screen at BottleRock 2013. The festival looks set to return this year.

BottleRock, the brand-new five-day music festival that spawned massive traffic jams and unpaid debts in 2013, looks poised to come back to the Napa Valley this year, according to the Napa Valley Register.

See also: Bottle Rock: The Black Keys and Flaming Lips Can't Break Through Distractions at Napa Valley's New Fest, 5/10/13

Napa Valley Expo -- where Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, and dozens of other artists performed last May -- has sent a contract to new promoter GSF Entertainment to hold the festival this year, tentatively June 20-22. GSK Entertainment is not affiliated with Willpower Entertainment, which organized last year's event. While the new promoters haven't yet signed the deal yet with the Expo, they have paid some $310,938 that the venue was still owed from last year's event.

That amount was only part of the total unpaid amount for production assistants and stagehands, transportation providers, and other vendors from the original BottleRock -- at least hundreds of thousands of which remains outstanding, according to the Register.

Again, the new organizers purchased the BottleRock name and other assets from the founders. A totally different group of people would be putting on this year's event. The June dates are only tentative at this time, and no lineup information has been announced yet. We'll obviously post more info as it becomes available.

[Napa Valley Register]

-- @iPORT

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