The residents of Morrison County have spoken: Denver officials have now implemented new restrictions on sound levels at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. "We know this is a hot topic," says Tad Bowman, Denver's venue director for Red Rocks Amphitheatre. "We've done a number of things to balance what you want with the fact that this is a business."
Residents have complained about the increasing noise levels, particularly the levels in bass, since the concert season of 2013. Residents and the local news even singled out the rise in EDM events at the historic venue as the main catalyst. As a response, the venue as implemented a "ceiling" that artists cannot go over throughout their entire set, as well as a maximum level for bass frequencies. Despite the noise policy being applied solely to late night performances last year, this year will see the new regulations in action at every concert set to come through this summer. Denver officials have also included a clause that allows them to ban any artist they choose from the venue for any subsequent tour dates of the same year.
The historic Red Rocks Amphitheater has been hosting concerts as far back as 1941. It is home to the Global Dance Festival, the backyard for home-grown artist such as Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic, not to mention the countless other festivals and major acts to play Red Rocks. On January 30th, the venue is set host Major Lazer along with Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley for Winter on the Rocks, which will be the first major test for how the new noise restraints will hold up. Jefferson County Commissioner Casey Tighe states "What I am hearing is that 2014 was better than 2013. And I think that 2015 will be better than 2014."
A petition has been launched to curb Morrison County's new policy - sign the petition here.
[H/T Denver Post]
Written by Brett Thompson