We recently had the pleasure of attending the highly anticipated BottleRock Music and Food Festival 2023, and let us tell you, it exceeded all expectations! This year’s festival was an absolute triumph, showcasing an unparalleled fusion of world-class music, delectable cuisine, and an atmosphere that radiated pure joy and excitement.
Let’s start with the music. The lineup was an absolute dream come true for any music lover. From iconic rock legends to chart-topping pop sensations, there was something for everyone. The diverse range of artists ensured that every genre was represented, allowing attendees to experience an eclectic mix of sounds throughout the festival. The performances were nothing short of spectacular, with electrifying energy and flawless stage presence from each and every artist. The atmosphere was electric, as the crowd sang along, danced, and lost themselves in the music.
But BottleRock is not just about the music; it’s also a haven for food enthusiasts. The culinary aspect of the festival was an absolute treat for the taste buds. With a wide array of food vendors offering an incredible variety of dishes, from gourmet delights to mouth watering street food, there was no shortage of options. We found ourselves indulging in a delightful gastronomic adventure, sampling exquisite flavors from around the world. The quality of the food was exceptional, and the chefs and vendors went above and beyond to ensure that every bite was an unforgettable experience.
Beyond the music and food, BottleRock offered a plethora of other attractions and activities that added to the overall excitement and entertainment value. The festival grounds were meticulously designed to create an immersive and visually stunning environment. The art installations, interactive exhibits, and engaging experiences dotted throughout the venue provided endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. Whether it was taking a ride on a Ferris wheel, enjoying a relaxing moment in a shaded lounge area, or browsing through the artisan market, there was always something captivating to see and do.
Moreover, the festival’s commitment to sustainability was commendable. BottleRock made significant efforts to reduce its environmental impact, implementing recycling programs, promoting eco-friendly practices, and supporting local initiatives. It was inspiring to see an event of this magnitude prioritize sustainability and set an example for other festivals to follow.
Throughout the weekend we traveled to a few different sets and watched the artists make history! In some circumstances, we were able to talk to the artists and get an inside scoop. Keep reading for meet-ups with The Struts, Maude Latour, and more!
Nicky Youre is a rising star in the music industry, and his talent shines through in every aspect of his work. From his enchanting vocals to his heartfelt lyrics, he captivates listeners with his soulful and emotive performances. The production quality of his music is top-notch, with a seamless blend of genres and a meticulous attention to detail. His songs delve deep into the human experience, exploring themes of love, growth, and self-reflection with poetic finesse. While a more diverse range of tempos could add even more depth to his repertoire, there’s no denying that Nicky Youre is an artist to watch, and his musical journey is one that deserves attention and admiration.
Another rising star in the music industry, Maude Latour, and her unique sound sets her apart from the crowd. Her music can be described as a fusion of pop, indie, and electronic elements, creating a refreshing and distinctive sonic landscape. Latour’s vocals are ethereal and captivating, showcasing a delicate yet powerful range that draws listeners in. Her lyrics delve into themes of love, self-discovery, and the complexities of youth, often with introspection and poetic depth. The production of her music is polished and intricate, with lush arrangements that enhance the emotional impact of each song. With her undeniable talent and authentic artistry, Maude Latour is an artist who is making waves and carving out her own space in the music world. We were able to meet up with Maude and oh my goodness, the kindest and sweetest soul out there.
Lupe Fiasco is an incredibly talented and intellectually stimulating artist who has made a significant impact on the hip-hop genre. With his thought-provoking lyrics and intricate wordplay, he stands out as a true wordsmith in the music industry. Fiasco’s ability to tackle complex social and political issues through his music sets him apart from many of his peers, demonstrating a depth and substance that is rare to find. His versatility shines through in his ability to seamlessly switch between introspective and introspective tracks, showcasing his range as an artist. The production on his albums is often innovative and boundary-pushing, incorporating diverse musical elements that elevate his storytelling. With his unparalleled lyricism and commitment to creating socially conscious music, Lupe Fiasco has solidified his place as one of the most respected and influential artists in hip-hop.
Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen is a pop sensation who has proven herself as a powerhouse in the industry. Her music is infectious, with catchy hooks and irresistible melodies that have become synonymous with her name. Jepsen’s distinctive voice carries a sweet and youthful tone that perfectly complements her pop sound. She has a knack for crafting relatable and heartfelt lyrics that touch upon themes of love, relationships, and self-expression. With each album, Jepsen continues to evolve as an artist, pushing boundaries and exploring new musical territories while maintaining her signature charm. Carly Rae Jepsen’s music is a delightful blend of pop perfection, showcasing her talent as a singer-songwriter and solidifying her status as a pop icon.
Half Alive is an indie-pop trio that has gained significant attention for their unique and infectious sound. Their music is a seamless blend of catchy melodies, groovy rhythms, and introspective lyrics that leave a lasting impact on listeners. The band’s dynamic and energetic performances create an immersive live experience that showcases their immense talent and chemistry. The vocals of lead singer Josh Taylor are particularly noteworthy, with his smooth and soulful voice perfectly complementing the band’s sonic palette. Half Alive’s music often explores themes of self-discovery, personal growth, and the complexities of human relationships, adding depth and relatability to their songs. With their fresh approach to pop music and undeniable charisma, Half Alive is a band that stands out in the contemporary music landscape. We were able to meet up and chat with the trio after their set and they were so humble and grateful to be at BottleRock 2023.
The Struts are a band that exudes pure rock ‘n’ roll energy and swagger. With their infectious tunes and electrifying performances, they have cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the modern rock scene. Led by the charismatic frontman Luke Spiller, the band delivers high-octane anthems that are reminiscent of classic rock acts like Queen and The Rolling Stones. Spiller’s vocals are nothing short of captivating, showcasing impressive range and a theatrical flair that brings their songs to life. The band’s tight musicianship and catchy hooks create an irresistible blend of rock, glam, and pop that will have you singing along and moving to the beat. Whether it’s their studio recordings or their explosive live shows, The Struts deliver an unapologetic and exhilarating rock experience that leaves audiences craving more.
Quinn XCII is an artist who effortlessly blends genres to create a fresh and unique sound. With his soulful vocals and introspective lyrics, he has managed to captivate audiences and carve out a distinct place in the music industry. His music seamlessly combines elements of pop, hip-hop, and electronic music, resulting in a refreshing and dynamic sonic experience. Quinn XCII’s ability to weave personal experiences into his songs adds an authentic and relatable touch to his music. Whether he’s exploring themes of love, self-discovery, or mental health, his lyrics resonate deeply with listeners, inviting them to connect on a profound level. Overall, Quinn XCII is a talented musician whose fusion of genres and heartfelt storytelling make him a standout artist in today’s music landscape.
Tove Lo is a fearless and unapologetic artist whose music pushes boundaries and challenges societal norms. Her unique blend of pop and electropop creates a distinct sound that is both catchy and introspective. Tove Lo’s lyrics are raw, honest, and often explore themes of love, sex, and personal struggles, which resonates deeply with her audience. Her voice is sultry and emotive, adding an extra layer of vulnerability and authenticity to her music. Tove Lo’s ability to seamlessly weave together infectious melodies and thought-provoking lyrics showcases her artistry and sets her apart as a true trailblazer in the pop music landscape.
Tom Odell is a phenomenal singer-songwriter whose music resonates deeply with listeners. His soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics create a powerful and emotional connection. Odell’s music often explores themes of love, heartbreak, and introspection, allowing listeners to feel a sense of raw vulnerability in his songs. His piano-driven melodies add a haunting beauty to his music, showcasing his incredible musicianship. Odell’s ability to craft deeply personal and relatable lyrics is a testament to his songwriting prowess. Overall, Tom Odell’s talent and authenticity shine through in his music, making him a captivating and compelling artist to follow.
Bastille is a band that has solidified its place in the alternative music scene with their distinct sound and captivating lyrics. Their music effortlessly blends elements of indie rock, pop, and electronic music, resulting in a unique and infectious sound that hooks listeners from the start. The band’s frontman, Dan Smith, possesses a versatile and powerful voice that carries emotional weight, allowing him to deliver the band’s introspective and thought-provoking lyrics with conviction. Bastille’s songwriting is often introspective, exploring themes of identity, nostalgia, and the complexities of human relationships. Their ability to craft catchy melodies and memorable hooks has garnered them a dedicated fanbase and numerous chart-topping hits. Overall, Bastille’s music and performance at BottleRock is a testament to their creativity and musical prowess, making them a force to be reckoned with in the alternative music landscape.
Dayglow is an absolute musical sensation that takes listeners on a euphoric journey through vibrant melodies and infectious beats. His unique blend of indie pop and lo-fi elements creates an irresistible sound that is both nostalgic and fresh. With his debut album, “Fuzzybrain,” Dayglow delivers a sonic masterpiece filled with catchy hooks, dreamy vocals, and introspective lyrics. Each track is a sonic adventure that transports you to a world of carefree joy and introspection. Dayglow’s production skills are impeccable, effortlessly weaving together layers of synths, guitars, and electronic elements to create a rich and textured musical landscape. It’s no surprise that Dayglow has quickly garnered a devoted fanbase and critical acclaim, as his music is simply impossible to resist, especially his set at BottleRock.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
They need no introduction at all, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers are an iconic band that has left an indelible mark on the music industry. With their unique fusion of rock, funk, and alternative sounds, they have created a signature style that is instantly recognizable. The band’s energy is infectious, with each member bringing their own flair and talent to the stage. Anthony Kiedis’ charismatic vocals, Flea’s virtuosic basslines, John Frusciante’s soulful guitar work, and Chad Smith’s powerful drumming all combine to create a powerhouse of musical prowess. Their discography is filled with anthemic hits and deep cuts that showcase their versatility and ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ influence on the rock genre is undeniable, and their electrifying performance at BottleRock continue to captivate audiences.
Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X is a trailblazing force in the music industry, and his impact cannot be overstated. With his unapologetic and boundary-pushing style, he has become an icon of modern pop culture. His infectious hits, such as “Old Town Road” and “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” have dominated charts and solidified his place as a chart-topping artist. Lil Nas X’s fearlessness in challenging societal norms and his commitment to authenticity have resonated with audiences worldwide. Not only is he a talented rapper and singer, but he is also a visionary when it comes to creating captivating visuals and thought-provoking music videos. Lil Nas X is a true innovator and a voice for a new generation, and his electrifying performance at BottleRock and undeniable charisma continue to captivate audiences everywhere he goes.
Lizzo is an absolute force of nature in the music industry, and her vibrant energy and undeniable talent make her a true icon. With her powerhouse vocals and infectious charisma, she commands the stage and captivates audiences with every performance. Her music is a blend of genres, incorporating elements of pop, hip-hop, and soul, creating a sound that is uniquely her own. Lizzo’s lyrics are empowering and unapologetic, celebrating self-love, body positivity, and individuality. Her songs are uplifting anthems that inspire listeners to embrace their true selves and live their lives to the fullest. With her bold and fearless approach to music, Lizzo continues to redefine standards and break barriers, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. She was amazing at BottleRock!
Post Malone is undeniably the best musical artist of our time, setting the bar sky-high with his exceptional talent and unparalleled artistry. His music effortlessly transcends genres, seamlessly blending elements of hip-hop, pop, rock, and even country, captivating listeners from all walks of life. Malone’s unique voice is a force to be reckoned with, possessing an intoxicating blend of raw emotion and melodic prowess that leaves an indelible mark on every song he touches. His lyrical prowess is equally impressive, with introspective and relatable lyrics that resonate with a wide audience. The production quality of his music is top-notch, with each track intricately crafted to perfection, showcasing his attention to detail and commitment to delivering the best sonic experience. Malone’s ability to consistently churn out hit after hit is a testament to his unrivaled musical genius, captivating the charts and cementing his status as an unstoppable force in the industry. Beyond his musical talents, Malone’s authenticity and down-to-earth demeanor have endeared him to fans worldwide, making him not just an extraordinary musician but also a genuine and relatable artist. In every aspect, from his powerful performances to his dynamic stage presence, Post Malone is a true icon, a trailblazer, and the epitome of musical greatness. Posty’s set at BottleRock was one of the best concerts we have ever been too, and we do this all the time, so that says a lot!
BottleRock Music and Food Festival 2023 was an absolute triumph. From the stellar lineup of musicians to the culinary wonders and immersive experiences, it was a sensory overload of delight and entertainment. We left the festival with cherished memories, new favorite artists, a satisfied palate, and a profound appreciation for the incredible team that brought this exceptional event to life. If you’re a music lover and food enthusiast seeking an unforgettable experience, BottleRock is an absolute must-attend. We cannot wait to see what they have in store for us next year!
Words // Will Bollini
Photos// Will Bollini