NAPA (KCBS) – Not everyone in the city of Napa is happy about the upcoming Bottle Rock Music & Arts Festival, which is bringing some of the biggest acts in music to the North Bay.
The festival, to be held over five days, is expected to bring nearly 200,000 people to the area. But with the crowds and expected revenue for local businesses also comes headaches like traffic, parking and some of the other problems that come with putting on such a big music festival.
“Usually when they do venues, they put them out in the middle of nowhere for a reason,” said local resident John Raymond. “But this is pretty much in downtown Napa.”
Bottle Rock Founder and Promoter Bob Vogt said area hotels are already booked solid and limos have been rented, with 35,000 people a day expected for the festivities.
“Someone asked me the other day, ‘what would you compare this to?’ And I said, ‘the best party maybe you’ve ever been to,’” Vogt said.
Organizers said they understand some residents’ concerns, but they said most festival goers will be bused in from lots nearby and the traffic and noise won’t be as bad as some think.
Bottle Rock is being held from May 8-12.
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