The Red Rocks Amphitheater is the busiest concert venue in the world in 2021, regardless of size


With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on live music for much of the past two years, it was gratifying to see full-capacity concerts returning to outdoor venues this year – including the Red Rocks Amphitheater, which led the way. in Colorado in spring and early summer.

Today, the historic venue was named the world’s busiest concert venue by Billboard as part of a year-end Boxscore chart of the top-grossing and busiest venues. This is the first time Red Rocks has made the list, and it covers venues of all sizes, all over the world.

“A Red Rocks season like this is a tribute to dedicated artists, promoters, staff and fans,” said site manager Tad Bowman in a press release. “Red Rocks is a special place, and every person who takes the stage, pours a drink, greets a customer or buys a ticket has a piece of that success.”

The accolade comes on the venue’s 80th anniversary, in a year when Red Rocks broke its own seasonal record by hosting 233 ticketed ticketed events, including 177 concerts, 20 yoga and fitness programs and 36 movies. from the Film on the Rocks series, according to Billboard. .

The previous record for shows per season was 168 concerts in 2019, the magazine reported. In 2020, a handful of shows were staged for a 2020 audience of 175, including sold-out acoustic sets by Nathaniel Rateliff and modest performances by the Colorado Symphony.

This year, the summer season has started under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic with reduced capacities, seating plans promoting social distancing, on-site COVID vaccination stations and uncertain fans and visits, said Denver Arts & Venues officials.

“It’s been an absolute whirlwind and hugely rewarding journey from a year that devastated so many in our industry to our own record-breaking season,” said Ginger White, executive director of Denver Arts & Venues, the city agency that operates Red Rocks. . “We are proud to play a part in Denver’s economic and cultural recovery by providing so many Colorado residents and visitors a gathering place for the joyous return of live music.”

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The annual SnowShape Ski and Snowboard Conditioning Series at the Red Rocks Amphitheater is a four-week series on Saturdays, ending October 9.

Billboard’s calculations included gross ticket revenue of more than $60 million from 134 concerts. But due to reporting deadlines and promoter policy, the numbers come from the promoter of the show, not the venue, and do not account for expenses such as venue rental, labor, or payment to artists, the magazine said.

This year’s Red Rocks concert season officially kicked off with Lotus on “a snowy April 22” and ended with Playboi Carti on November 19, according to Arts & Venues. Highlights of the season included a record-breaking six-night adventure by electronic artist and producer Zhu, Dead & Co. shows that grossed over $2 million (the highest of the season), the debut of the Bill Burr comic strip and Widespread Panic’s 61st, 62nd and 63rd sold-out shows (the most of any band on the site).

The Film on the Rocks Holiday Drive-In series continues for the next two weekends on the site; see for details.

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