Still buzzing from a thrilling first day, BottleRock day two came in like a wrecking ball. With two huge headliners in Guns N’ Roses and Miley Cyrus set to close out the night, plenty of attendees could be seen wearing themed T-shirts to show off their excitement. Well before then however, the crowd came early in the day to catch all the killer live music and atmosphere that BottleRock has to offer.
Kicking off the day was Canadian-rocker JJ Wilde and pop songstress Molly Moore, both of whom also performed later in the day. Moore’s sassy pop tunes delighted the crowd while Wilde’s passionate and soulful voice echoed throughout the festival grounds. Soon after came more rock music courtesy of the five-piece band S8NT ELECTRIC who electrified both the JaM Pad and the Verizon Stage. The day started with a bang and didn’t look back.
The afternoon saw acts like rap-storyteller Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers, German alternative-duo Milky Chance, and west coast rap royalty Warren G bring different flavors to different corners of the festival. Noteworthy acts like Portugal. The Man and Dominic Fike also hit BottleRock’s two biggest stages while drawing some of the weekend’s biggest crowds. Meanwhile, while Mr. Flavortown himself Guy Fieri quite literally brought different flavors to the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage for a food-themed spectacular. A huge part of what separates BottleRock from other festivals is its focus on culinary arts, and day two made it even more of a feature.
The day continued with some sassy pop tunes courtesy of Olivia O’Brien who absolutely lit up the Verizon Stage. O’Brien is from the Napa area and you could feel the crowd welcoming her home as they sang along with her every word. The crowd came and got higher with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson at the Plaza Stage while Kosha Dillz used his improv skills and self-proclaimed “user friendly rap” at the Jam Pad for a set that had the crowd laughing and dancing along with the New York based artist. The day was crawling towards the finish line, but the best was still yet to come.
Before Miley Cyrus’ headlining set, rap-duo Run the Jewels took the Verizon Stage for a hugely impactful display of political hip-hop. Members Killer Mike and El-P have always been outspoken – both with their music and otherwise – and their performance at BottleRock was no different. Not long after, Miley Cyrus kicked off her set with “We Can’t Stop”, and there was quite literally no stopping her after that. Singing songs from just about every era of her storied career, Miley’s voice carried weight no matter the subject. From earlier songs like “See You Again” and “7 Things”, to newer songs like “Plastic Hearts” and “Midnight Sky”, Miley left no stone unturned during her unforgettable headlining set.
The night’s other headliner Guns N’ Roses took the main JaM Cellars Stage not long after Portugal. The Man finished their set. The two and a half hour long show was full of some of the band’s most iconic tracks like “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, with a whole section dedicated to Slash’s legendary guitar shredding. When the clock struck 10:00pm however, the BottleRock curfew went into effect and the music promptly cut out, mid song. That didn’t stop the band from finishing the song, and sure didn’t stop the crowd from singing louder than they had all night. It was an epic way to close out day two that undoubtedly energized concertgoers for BottleRock’s final day. Check out some photos from day two of the festival below!