Red Rocks to see new noise level limits this year

Denver officials continue to impose harsher restrictions on noise levels at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in an effort to appease disgruntled residents living near the Morrison, Colo. amphitheater.

The Denver Post reports new restrictions for this year’s season require lower noise levels — including bass levels — for entire performances, not just those that go late into the night. Artists who exceed the limits could be banned from performing during the subsequent season.

“We know this is a hot topic,” said Tad Bowman, Denver’s venue director for Red Rocks Amphitheatre, during a meeting with local residents on Wednesday night. “We’ve done a number of things to balance what you want with the fact that this is a business.”

Sound consultants were hired last year to monitor sound levels after residents started complaining in 2013. Some residents even suggested banning EDM events altogether at the outdoor venue.

The amphitheater — owned and operated by the city and county of Denver — is host to a number of dance-focused events, including Global Dub Festival, Global Dance Festival, and HARD Red Rocks. It’s also a regular home for multiple-night shows with Big Gigantic, Bassnectar, Flux Pavilion, and more.


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