This year, BottleRock is ready to kill it with an amazing lineup, with artists stretching across more genres than many of the bigger-name festivals. Check out the lineup below, and if you’re looking for BottleRock Festival tickets, be sure to check out TickPick!
The big headliners- cresting a wave of popularity and musical integrity, the British rockers have brought new meaning to the words “electro-pop”. As carefully constructed as the genre will allow, they’ve held on to their explosive choruses and dramatic climaxes that guarantee to thrill their fans the world over.
Hey, remember these guys? Yup, No Doubt are back- maybe not for good, but for the time being we can all revel in some mid-nineties nostalgia. A blend of hip-hop and pop fronted by Christina Aguilera, these guys represent the way into the genre for both new fans and old.
If you’re wondering where you know that name from, Robert Plant was orignally the frontman for Led Zeppelin-but the English singer-songwriter has struck out into solo territory since their heyday. Picked as the greatest metal vocalist of all time, Plant brings some of his trademark high notes (figurtively and literally) to the festival.
The Avett Brothers
Basically the kings of all the mash-up genres. Combining everything from ragtime to bluegrass, to indie rock to traditional folk, The Avett Brothers have fifteen years behind the to prove that they can pull it off with style.
Foster the People
Having only really broken the mainstream in 2010, Foster the People still firmly hold on to their indie credentials. Tying together psychadelia with pop and a hard rock edge, they built their fans through festival shows- and know how to put on a real performance.
With two albums under their belt and another due later this year, Passion Pit are focusing their efforts on infecting the whole country with their addictive indietronica. Synthy, dreamy, and utterly entrancing, this four-piece have proved that, eight years after they were born, they’re still far from played out.
If you need someone to explain this guy to you, you might be new to this whole music thing. One of the earliest and most enduring kings of hip-hop, Snoop Dogg has proved that there’s more to him than smoking weed every day.
Cage the Elephant
Cocky and cool, Cage the Elephant have released a stream of undeniably catchy singles and albums since their incpetion in 2006. With a new album and a new guitarist on the way this year, they’re keeping their classic indie sound fresh.
Young the Giant
Since their formation and breakthrough over a decade ago, Young the Giant have become a driving force behind America’s indie scene. Blending raw vocals and lyrics with chunky guitar, they’re cementing their place as stalwarts of the genre.
An all-French group who perform traditional Spanish music, it’s fair to say that the Gipsy Kings are pretty unique. Capturing the raw energy of rumba and salsa and mixing it up with pop influences, their take on the traditional is perfect for the modern music fan.
At only five years old, Capital Cities have spent their musical youth threshing out amazing takes on indietronica. Bringing together a love for synthpop and an ear for great harmonies, the duo have brought retro firmly into the here and now.
Alternative dance music is a difficult thing to pull off, but AWOLNation have successfully combined dance, rock, electronica, and an amazing sense of fun into one cohesive sound. Dark, edgy, and packed with amazing riffs and melodies, you’ll be humming their songs in your head for weeks.
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Michael Franti and Spearhead are a lethally good combination of veteran groups who understand how to combine genres flawlessy. Their blindingly good blend of funk, rock, reggae, jazz and folk will leave you breathless.
Portugal. The Man
Around for more than a decade, Portugal. The Man have earned themselves a place amongst the most influential and consistent American rock bands of the last few years. With seven albums under their belt and critics hanging on their every word, their unabashed brand of rock has proved irresistible to fans across the world.
Scooping awards and critical acclaim galore since their breakthrough in 2012, American Authors are one of America’s premiere indie rock groups. Irrepressably entertaining, their music pushes boundaries and straddles borders between indie, folk, and rock, creating a fluid sound that refuses to be classified.
The minds behind some of those most iconic pieces of rap history, Public Enemy are still a tangible presence on the scene. Politically-entrenched lyrics matched with a shotgun-sharp delivery marks them out as one of the greatest live rap artists around.
Trampled by Turtles
Trampled by Turtles pride themselves on creating music that’s always evolving. Pushing the boundaries of their already indefinable sound in new directions, they draw on folk and indie and let everything else fall into place around them.
Who doesn’t love Los Lobos? Los Lobos have performed all over the world, bringing their upbeat, infectious style-packed with Spanish influence-to appreciative audiences everywhere.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Moody, lengthy tracks define the sound you can expect from The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Soundscapes that take time to revel in their old-school Americana, electronica-tinged thoughtfulness come with the price of entry.
ZZ Ward is one of the defining features on the face of modern hip-hop right now. Growing up around the genre, she’s entrenched herself in creating retro tunes with a modern twist, and lapping up influences that range from Big Mama to Tom Petty.
Full of quirk, Echosmith draw on a sparkly brand of electro-pop to create their music. Their songs are way too catchy to be good for you, and bring together electronica along with smart lyrics and lush vocal lines.
A wordly and wise artist, Brett Dennen is a hidden gem in the singer-songwriter scene. Incisive lyrics are matched with an innate knowledge of how to put together tracks, and everything combines into something pretty breath-taking.
Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts
Clashing together the unique frontmanship of genre-bending legend Scott Weiland, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts are more than just a rock group. Charismatic, charming, and totally watchable, you’ll find yourself hooked on their self-assured sound in seconds.
Lettuce are the band who are keeping funk single-handedly relevant. The band, who’ve been together more than twenty years, pull on versions of the genre from throughout history to manage something unlike anything you’ve heard before.
Los Amigos Invisibles
A band who are difficult to define in a few words, Los Amigos Invisibles combine traditional Spanish themes with a slick post-modern vibe. Fresh and different, they’ve got a hint of the subversive about them and have travelled all over the world with their music.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Around for more than fifty years and regularly cited as America’s best jazz band, these guys know how to play real jazz music. Their pointedly traditional sound transports you right back to the sleazy fun of the Jazz golden age, and you won’t want to come back from it.
JJ Grey & Mofro
If you prefer your Americana as heartfelt and truthful as can be, you have to check out JJ Grey & Mofro. Playing around with different layers of guitar and vocal lines, they’ve injected new life into a genre that’s too often relegated to retro.
This powerfully important Australian artist has worked wonders in making traditional Australian music accesible to a modern audience. Blending Australian folk with his own distinctive sound, he’s been showered with praise from fans and critics alike- don’t miss out.
The United Nations
At over ten years old, The United Nations have one of the most pronoucned pedigrees of any group at BottleRocket. Drawing on the screamo, hyper-violence trends of the nineties, they’re packed with wall-to-wall energy and know how to prove themselves in under thirty seconds.
Once you’ve worked out how to pronounce their name, you’ll never stop repeating stories of Aer’s brilliance. A properly genre-bending team, their two albums have proved their innate ability to pull from rap, hip-hop, and indie rock to create something that sounds entirely right.
As laid-back as you can get, The Mowgli’s are an unarguably California band. Pulling on their deep musical knowledge, they slide hints of Americana, pop, rock, and retro into their descively new sound.
Backed by a tight band, Courtney Barnett has worked out how to bring quirky and kooky stories to life with attitude and self-awareness. Ambitious and different, her sound is drawn together by her charisma and ability to entrance with that stunning voice and presence.
A diverse and creative team, Kopecy have successfully brought together musicians with diverse musical visions into one cohesive whole. Throwing everything from tambourines to gorgeous strings at their sound, they’ve smoothed off the edges to form something tantalisingly good.
If you’re into the kind of indie rock that sounds like it’s coming at you through a layer on agnst and laid-back cool, then Big Talk are for you. Crisp guitars and velvety-smooth vocals combine to create something that’s distinctly rock, but not generically indie.
Producing richly emotional numbers that span her lengthy career, Tristan Prettyman brings her sweet, smoky voice to her earthy tracks. Sweeping guitar-driven numbers ride through on her charm and ability, while her stage presence has to be seen to be believed.
People Under the Stairs
People Under the Stairs have taken their hip-hop sound across the world, and come back ever better than before. Consistently one of the finest indie rap duos in the country, their incendiary live shows are not to be missed.
A collaborative effort from the East’s finest indietronica artists, Vacationer is a holiday from the generic electronic sound. Spiralling synths and luscious vocals widen their sound to encompass pop, indie and electronica in one effortless swoop.
The Brothers Comatose
Building a cult following around their distinctly awake folk-tinged ramblings, The Brothers Comatose are pioneers of the modern folk scene. Working old-school rock influence into wise, loose sprawls on music, they’re best enjoyed live.
Music for lying on the beach to, Know Hamilton mark themselves out with giant vocal hooks and punchy guitar lines. Breathless and brilliant, they’ve cornered the market on electronic-tinged indie rock.
The Last Internationale
Spunky, sharp and spiky sounds come straight from New York’s finest rock group. Raw energy and rich guitar rock drives The Last Internationale’s effortlessly cool rock and roll, fronted with some snarling vocals and subversive humour.
An ethereal, otherwordly slice of genre-bending fun comes courtesy of Zella Day this summer. Smart, elegantly produced music that pushes the singer-songwriter bracket as far as it can go.
You can expect healthy doses of blissed-out indie rock from Finish Ticket. Fresh from California, they bring together a distinctive type of slick, shifting music that slips between indietronica, rock, and pop with ease.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Utterly unique, Sister Sparrow and company brings an elegant, almost vaudevillian sense of anarchy to their sound. Stunning vocals and musical manipulation mark them out as one of the most fascinatingly listenable bands at Bottlerocket.
Ryan Sims Band
Playing a tantalising mix of their own original tracks and newly-spun covers, Ryan Sims Band are bringing teeth to the country music world. Matching rock with a lifetime spend around folk and country music, Ryan Sims Band aren’t afraid to add their own unique take to the sacred genre.
The London Souls
A duo with a near-legend surrounding their live shows and wild energy, The London Souls are one of the most important highlights of Nys music scene. Slick rock and roll meets a punky attitude and a handful of raw talent to create their distinctive genre-bending sound.
Retro rock stylings mix with contrasting vocal lines about sum up the old-school attitude of Moonalice. Getting the balance right between keeping it modern and paying homage to their genre classics is tricky; Moonalice nail it.
Desert meets disco in Grizfolk’s innovative electro-pop sound. Pulling in from Americana and electronica to create a grand, all-encompassing sound, Grizfolk sound like a band just waiting to break it huge.
Hailing from Echo Park, LA, Black English are about as straight an indie rock band as you’ll find over the weekend. Crisp, classic, and utterly cool, Black English are coming in hot.
The Portland fivesome come to the festival on the back of their cult-classic pop music. Pulling in influence from R&B to grunge, you’ll find yourself entranced by their textured takes on classic pop sensibilities.
The Record Company
Starting out in their bass player’s living room, this LA band have spent two years perfecting their brand of rock. Distinctly modern while paying homage to the classics, their spunky, catchy indie rock is unarguably brilliant.
An innovative and wildly talented artist, Kawehi represents a very modern take on the solo artist. Beatboxing, straight vocals, and layered tracks feature as part of her fascinating, brand-new sound.
Emily Wolfe creates the kind of music you want to get lost in. The ethereal singer-songwriter brings a sense of longing and real emotion to her sound with ony her stunning voice and a guitar.
With scores of legendary live shows behind them, the chance to see Afrolicious do their thing in real time is one you shouldn’t pass up. Entrancing crossover music that will force you to get up and dance.
Your new favourite soul-blues band, Con Brio are bringing sexy back in a big way. Sparkly, polished, and utterly beguiling, this is how you make soul modern.
Stripped-back guitar-and-drum based pop rock is probably the best way to describe Wildlife Control. Witty lyrics, an infectious energy and punky, joyous tunes join together to create something instantly grin-worthy.
If anthemic music is your thing, then Sneakout might just be too. Stirring together a cocktail of chunky guitar, starry electronica and sing-a-long vocals, here is electronic-pop without borders.
Transfer are a San-Diego based rock band with a sense of humour and an innate knowledge of how to create a really good time. Punchy tracks and catchy melodies land them a place amongst the coolest bands at the festival this year.
Arriving at the festival with a whole heap of attitude, Battle Tapes represent some of the best up-and-coming electronica around right now. Mixing up synthy breaks with smart, complex tracks, Battle Tapes are some of the best of the new kids in the industry.
Starry-eyed pop is the order of the day with The Trims. Blending rock, indie, and electronic influences into one delectable package, the San Jose slicks know how to turn it on.
Fritz Montana prove that the three-person rock group is alive and kicking. Packing their wall-to-wall tracks with explosive climaxes and instantly catchy vocal hooks, Fritz Montana are doing a fine job representing the rock contigency of the festival.
Floaty, edgy indietronica defines The Frails sound. A mixture of sweeping synths, catchy choruses, and pop sensibilities, they’re a must-see for people keen to hear the next big thing.
Eagle Wolf Snake
Straight-to-the-point retro electronica is the name of the game with Eaglewolfsnake. Bright, quirky, instantly obsession-worthy tracks are made up of punchy guitar and bass and tight songwriting.
About as laid-back as they come, Matt Moon lands somewhere between easy listening and gentle folk. Driven by an acoustic guitar, he relies on his voice and his fabulous lyrics to carry his ethereal songs through.
An up-and-coming solo vocalist with a luscious voice, Sielle has proved her worth with a handful of amazing singles and feature performances. A perfect act for the sun-soaked surroundings.
The Iron Heart
Rock and roll at it’s finest, in a sentence. The Iron Heart provide the perfect example of what a rock thre-piece should be- honest, a little chaotic, and brilliantly raw.
The Bad Jones
Effortlessly cool, The Bad Jones are bringing their brand of jangly indie to Bottlerock. Somewhere between sunshiney good times and a healthy dose of angst, they’re a crowd-pleaser for the indie brigade.
About as out-and-out country music as your going to find in Napa, this local group reflect the ground they were sprung from- bathed in sunshine and undeniably gorgeous.
If you like your indie rock with a little bit of a twist, these guys are for you. Get hooked on The Deadlies distinctive brand of raw, rocky fun.
Returning for another show at Bottlerocket, Grass Child bring together folk-inspired tracks with a real edge and stunning vocal lines. Laid-bak but not lazy, they’re a perfect festival stopover.
Pion 2 Zion
You like stoner music? These guys are about as stoner music as it gets. Chunky four-piece sounds match with wicked sense of how to have a good time.
A collaborative effort from a handful of brilliant local artists, these country heroes are the epitome of enchanting, gentle country sounds.