Interview: How BottleRock Napa Valley’s rebirth came to be

While tens of thousands flooded the Napa Valley Expo last year for five days of music, gourmet food, wine, comedy and parties last May, and most of them went home happy, the two men who organized the inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley  — without previous festival experience — lost millions and racked up millions more in debt. Vendors weren’t paid, nearby residents complained about noise and lawsuits were filed. That the festival is happening for a second year can be considered a miracle. And that it’s still being run by locals, without the support of established production companies like Live Nation, Goldenvoice and [...]

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