The U.S. has its fair share of scenic outdoor venues, but one stands out enough to be named #1 by the leading live music trade publication. Pollstar has recognized Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the Best Outdoor Concert Venue category of the 30th Annual Pollstar Awards.
Red Rocks beat out Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theatre in L.A., Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, Gorge Amphitheatre in George, and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia for the distinction. Other awards categories included artists and tours of various genres as well as other types of venues. The winners of each were voted on by a panel of over 2,000 agents, managers, venue operators and other professionals.
John Brisben Walker organized the first concert at Red Rocks in 1906 as its natural rock formations made for an almost acoustically flawless amphitheater. In addition to historic performances by the likes of The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, it has played host to such EDM mainstays as ODESZA, Rezz and Zeds Dead.