A Recap of This Year’s BottleRock Festival From Someone Who Was There

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This year’s BottleRock was one for the books. The Napa Valley, CA, music festival celebrated its 10th anniversary during Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, with an array of delicious food and wine and a lineup that spotlighted pioneers and next-generation artists. Thanks to Marriott Bonvoy x American Express, I joined the thousands of fans who flocked to the Napa Valley Expo and got a front-row seat to all the action from their VIP Viewing Suite, which featured a sparkle bar, a custom bracelet station, a luggage-tag-stamping activation, and specially crafted bites from La Toque at The Westin, a Marriott Bonvoy participating hotel.

BottleRock’s headliners included Post Malone, The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran, Lizzo, and Lil Nas X, who were joined by a bevy of other artists, such as Leon Bridges, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Carly Rae Jepsen, Bastille, Tove Lo, Paris Jackson, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, and Sheryl Crow, among several others.

What sets BottleRock apart from most festivals, though, are the amazing food and wine offerings, which are all sourced locally. In fact, there’s even a Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage that celebrates the world’s foremost culinary talent – and this year, José Andrés, Giada De Laurentiis, David Chang, Roy Choi, Andrew Zimmern, Aarón Sánchez, and the Voltaggio brothers were all in attendance. So even if you’re not a fan of the music, the food and wine alone are definitely reasons worth attending.

Image Source: Courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy and American Express

American Express and Marriott Bonvoy introduced the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy American Express Card for travelers who want to earn more points so they can get to their next concert and trip with family and friends faster with access to Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of luxury and lifestyle properties. During my trip, I stayed at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, which is a quick 10-minute drive to the Napa Valley Expo and where Bevy Card members earn 6X Marriott Bonvoy points on eligible hotel purchases and enjoy Gold Elite status.

Ahead, see the best moments from this year’s BottleRock festival.

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