Definitive hourly guide to 2022 festival

BottleRock Napa Valley returns May 27-29 with Metallica, Pink, Twenty One Pilots, Mount Westmore, Chvrches, the Black Crowes, Kygo, Banks, Pitbull and Luke Combs among the marquee acts.

It also offers up plenty of hidden gems, newer artists and other musical attractions. In all, approximately 80 acts are set to appear across multiple stages during the festival.

That’s a lot to try and take in over the course of three days and fans are likely to miss out on some of the best music if they don’t have a plan in place when they arrive at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa.

That’s where we come in, once again offering up our trusty hourly guide to the festival.

It’s a step-by-step outline of where fans should be, what they should be eating and – most importantly – what they should be listening to during each moment of the 2022 BottleRock.

Ready to rock? Let’s go to it.

Note: Some single-day tickets are still available (prices start at $179). For more information, visit bottlerocknapa.com.

Day 1 (Friday, May 27)

Noon-2 pm

Gates open at 11:30 am, so make sure you’re inside the venue by 11:45 am At that point, immediately check your watch and repeat after us: “Only eight hours until Metallica.”

Yes, the headlining set by those mighty men of metal — Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo — is the No. 1 attraction on Day One (as well as, in our opinion, the overall festival).

Yet, there sure is a lot to see and do before the best-selling Bay Area band of all time takes the stage, so let’s get moving.

Start off your adventure with Dorothy, the cool Los Angeles hard-rock act that opens the big JaM Cellars Stage at noon.

Spend a good 45 minutes with vocalist Dorothy Martin and company and then move directly over to the Truly Stage for Bastardane, the first of three Metallica family bands that we’re recommending fans check out during the festival.

Hang with Bastardane – featuring drummer Castor Hetfield, who is the son of Metallica frontman James Hetfield – for about 35 minutes and then race back over to JaM Cellars for Oakland R&B champ Fantastic Negrito.

2-4 pm

Stick with the Fantastic one all the way up to 2:30 pm and then plan on taking some time for late lunch. We’re thinking a big sandwich from Loveski Deli would hit the spot.

Then head right back to JaM Cellars for a 3 pm set by South Carolina guitar phenomenon Marcus King, who ranks high on the our list of must-see acts at this year’s festival.

4-6 pm

Let King rock you right up to 4 pm and then beeline to the JamPad stage for Australian alt-rockers Atlas Genius, hopefully in time to hear the band perform the hit “Trojans.”

Sticking “Down Under,” so to speak, plan on catching the last half of fellow Aussie Delta Goodrem’s set, which runs from 4-5 pm on the Allianz Stage. She’s a huge star in her native country, where she has scored five No. 1 albums.

Once Goodrem finishes up, work your way closer to the stage and get ready for the awesomeness that is Kikagaku Moyo, the Japanese psychedelic rock band that ranks as one of the festival’s true hidden gems.

Once Kikagaku Moyo finishes up at 6:15 pm — and you post on social media all about your new favorite band — head immediately to the Verizon Stage to catch Chvrches. As the Scottish synth-pop trio winds down, it’s time to fuel up again –perhaps with some sushi from Morimoto Napa — and then get ready for Metallica on JaM Cellars at 7:45 pm

8-10 pm

Sure, the schedule will tell you that there is stuff happening on the other stages during this time period. Yet, they might as well all be dark because we’re recommending that you soak up every minute of Metallica to close out Day One.

Day 2

Noon-2 pm

Back in the house by 11:45 am or so, catch BottleRock regulars the Napa Valley Youth Symphony open up Allianz Stage at noon. But don’t get too comfortable, since you need to soak up the sunny island folk-pop of Hawaii’s Ron Artis II and the Truth on the JaM Cellars Stage from, let’s say, 12:20 to 12:50 pm

Lunchtime? You bet. So swing by Goose and Gander for a burger on the way to catching some thrash metal courtesy of OTTO — featuring Tye Trujillo (son of Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo) — at 1 pm at the Truly Stage.

Follow up with some serious soul from the Suffers, who boogie onto the JaM Cellars Stage at 1:45 pm

2-4 pm

At 2:15p.m., bop over to the Truly Stage for 20 minutes or so of Houston rapper-singer De’Wayne and then check out another BottleRock institution — the Silverado Pickups — turn up the wine-country cowboy music on the Allianz Stage.

Be back at JaM Cellars by 3:15 pm, however, to catch the pride of Kalamazoo, Michigan — Greensky Bluegrass. Here’s hoping the group plays its terrific bluegrass blend of Pink Floyd’s “Time” and “Breathe.”

4-6 pm

Right after Greensky, it’s time to get Kinky — and, of course, we mean the Mexican rock band Kinky, who performs 4-5 pm on the Allianz Stage. From there, move on to the Silversun Pickups – who are very different than the Silverado Pickups – at the Verizon Stage.

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