Return Of BottleRock Festival Approved By Venue

Last May the inaugural BottleRock Festival took place over five days at the Napa Valley Expo in California's Wine Country featuring performances from a diverse set of acts that included The Black Crowes, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys and Jane's Addiction. Once the festival ended is when the trouble began as organizers owed millions to event workers, vendors and even the venue itself. A new set of local investors have come in and yesterday were approved to bring BottleRock back to Napa Valley Expo according to a report from the Napa Valley Register.

The venue announced the news at a board meeting held on Monday. It appears that if the new organizers, GSF Entertainment LLC, have their way, the second installment of BottleRock will take place from June 20 - 22. Now that Napa Valley Expo has negotiated a contract to bring the event back, the ball is in the court of GSF Entertainment, who received the contract this morning and are now reviewing it. The new promoters paid off the $310,938 owed to the venue for last year's fees via certified check.

“We are very pleased at how all of this is progressing,” GSF Entertainment's David Graham told the Napa Valley Register going on to say that once the contract is signed, “we will be able to discuss, in more detail, plans for the 2014 festival.” What remains unclear is if and when those who are owed money from last year's event will get paid. The venue's CEO, Joe Anderson, told the Register that GSF claims it intends to pay 2013 vendors, “but we can’t require it as an element of the contract.”

For more on the situation read the Napa Valley Register's report.

[Published on: 1/22/14]

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