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Stevie Nicks Drops Out Of BottleRock Due To COVID-19 Concern

Fans attend an outdoor concert at the BottleRock music festival.
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Fans attend an outdoor concert at the BottleRock music festival.

Napa Valley’s BottleRock Festival has lost its headliner, Stevie Nicks, who cancelled the appearance due to concerns about COVID-19.

The singer made her announcement over Twitter last week, stating that, “rising COVID cases should be of concern to all of us.” Despite being fully-vaccinated, she plans to err on the side of caution, and will not be performing for the rest of the year. Instead, BottleRock plans to replace Nicks’ headlining slot with country singer Chris Stapleton.

The festival, scheduled for the weekend of September 3rd, comes amid a recent spike in COVID cases for Napa County. Nearly 500 new cases were reported in July, up from 120 in June. For the week of July 20th, 60 percent of new cases were among fully vaccinated individuals.

While either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test will be required for entry, BottleRock will not enforce face masks in any of the outdoor festival spaces. The festival is operating at full capacity, and tickets are sold out. More than 120,000 attendees are expected.