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PHOTOS: Megan Thee Stallion, Ed Sheeran and More Light Up BottleRock

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Megan Thee Stallion performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)

It truly felt like the start of Hot Girl Summer this weekend, when tens of thousands of fans descended upon the Napa Valley Expo to see Megan Thee Stallion, Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam and Ed Sheeran at BottleRock. Taking place May 24–26, the Wine Country music festival paired a star-studded, multigenerational lineup with the region’s food and beverage offerings.

On Friday, Nelly served up 2000s hip-hop nostalgia, while St. Vincent serenaded the crowd with indie rock at once operatic, gritty and funky. Megan Thee Stallion telegraphed raw confidence and sexual power when she took the stage during her explosive Friday night set. On the opposite stage, Nicks, one of rock ’n’ roll’s all-time greats, had fans of all ages singing and swaying with nostalgia.

Saturday represented a powerful moment of ascension for Vallejo hometown hero LaRussell, whose heartfelt rhymes charmed the crowd right before Pearl Jam headlined at sunset. Later in the evening, Kali Uchis’ pirouetting vocals enraptured the audience as she telegraphed goddess-like feminine power.

BottleRock closed out Sunday with Sheeran, high-octane ’90s rockers Queens of the Stone Age and mellow vibes from Stephen Marley. Photographer Estefany Gonzalez was there to capture all the moments of joy and musical celebration. Take a look at her highlights below.

St. Vincent performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024.

 

St. Vincent performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Nelly performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
From left to right: Shanaya Stephenson, Crystal Nattoo, and Stephanie Yang wear anime-inspired outfits during the BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Gogol Bordello perform at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Jessie Doyle (left) and her husband Caleb Schneider dance as Gogol Bordello perform at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Loveless performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Alexis Williams (left) and Anyei Smith pose for a portrait in their western-inspired outfits during the BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. The two traveled from San Jose to attend the festival and decorated their cowboy hats by hand in honor of Texan artist Megan Thee Stallion. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Megan Thee Stallion performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Megan Thee Stallion performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Alisha Mays (center) twerks from the crowd as Megan Thee Stallion performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Alexis Luna (right) dances with friends in front of the Verizon Stage as Megan Thee Stallion performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Stevie Nicks performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
LaRussell poses for a portrait backstage at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Thousands of festival-goers stroll across the vibrant grounds of BottleRock Napa Valley on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Attendees sprawl across the lively expanse of BottleRock Napa Valley, soaking in the festival atmosphere on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Bianca Del Rio, left, Neil Patrick Harris, and David Burtka host a panel at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
T-Pain performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry signs 13-year-old Deven Patel’s sneakers on the William’s Sonoma culinary stage at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Thousands of fans gather to watch Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry, Bradley Cooper and Chef Jose Andrés on the William’s Sonoma culinary stage at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Second-time BottleRock Attendees Allyson Van de Mark (right) and her husband Jacob Davis dance in front of the Truly Stage at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Maná performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Maná performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Deep Sea Diver performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
From left: Osmara Venegas, Marilyn Martin and Griselda Ochoa dance at the lively silent disco during BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Pearl Jam performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Pearl Jam performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
BottleRock attendees lounge at the Spa at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. The Spa allows BottleRock attendees to purchase foot and body massages, mini facials, hair styling and braiding, glitter makeup, custom festival jewelry, and hydration therapy for attendees to rest, recover or glam up. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Action Bronson performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Norah Jones performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
MonoNeon performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
The Offspring performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Ariel Thomas (left) and her 5-year-old daughter Aurora Duarte soak in The Offspring’s performance from the front row of the Verizon Stage at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. The duo journeyed from Modesto for Duarte’s first concert. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Ed Sheeran (center) joins The Offspring on stage for a special performance at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Ed Sheeran (left) joins The Offspring on stage for a special performance at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Dominic Fike performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
The Soul Rebels perform at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Queens of the Stone Age perform at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Ed Sheeran performs at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Festival attendees wave their glowing smartphones in unison as Ed Sheeran serenades the crowd at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)
Festival attendees wave their glowing smartphones in unison as Ed Sheeran serenades the crowd at BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED)

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