Riot Fest's new Denver location: Five places it could go

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Aaron Thackeray. Full slideshow.
Coming to...somewhere near you in September.
While the folks behind Riot Fest were recently denied a temporary-use permit to hold the event at May Farms in Byers the third week in September, organizers will reportedly have a new venue announced in the coming days. Sure, it's a major pain in the ass for everyone involved to scramble to change locations this late in the game, this kind of thing has been happening for decades.

Hell, in the summer of 1969 Woodstock organizers had about a month to find to a new place after the folks of Wallkill, New York Zoning Board of Appeals put the kibosh on the festival on grounds that the planned portable toilets wouldn't meet the town code. Later that year, what would become the Altamont Free Concert, headlined by the Rolling Stones, was slated to be at Golden Gate Park, then the Sears Point Raceway and just a few days before the fest, Dick Carter offered his Altamont Speedway. So it's a proud tradition, and there are some solid options in the Denver area for Riot Fest's new home. Here are the five we think are most likely.

See also: Riot Fest denied a permit by Arapahoe County to host festival in Byers

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Aaron Thackeray
Holy Fuck at Monolith Festival in 2008
Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Why it could happen: While the Monolith Festival only lasted a few years, it still proved that Red Rocks could be used for a big festival with multiple stages (including smaller stages in the visitor's center and one by south entrance), even if it meant hiking up and down the venue's stairs dozens of times.

Why it couldn't happen: Well, there's Lotus scheduled on Friday, September 19 and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals will be there the following day, so there would have to be some major creative juggling of shows. Also, where would you stick the carnival?

Odds: 1 in 20

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Aaron Thackeray
Mile High Music Festival 2010
Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Why it could happen: As with Monolith, The Mile High Music Festival only lasted a few years, but it also showed that the fields at Dick's are a very promising spot for a large-scale festival with a number of A-list headliners on multiple big stages. The fields could easily accommodate the 17,000 or so folks expected each at Riot Fest.

Why it couldn't happen: The Color Fun Fest 5K, which essentially combines the Holi Festival with EDM, is slated for Saturday, September 20, smack dab in the middle of the Riot Fest dates. But other than scheduling, it seems like a solid choice, really.

Odds: 1 in 10


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Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

That's okay, Arapahoe county is too far south anyway.

Cassandra Miller
Cassandra Miller

Just a suggestion but why not where they have the Ren Faire?

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

The riot fest official Facebook page already said they have nothing to do with bandsintown and not to listen to them.

Barb Pi
Barb Pi

They forgot mile high stadium.

Amanda Goffena
Amanda Goffena

I was definitely thinking American Safari Ranch too. i dont know about the others. if it was at red rocks or any other actual venue i'd be sooo dissapointed

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

Beyers sucked...one who wants to drive to Kanas, two the weather right now is WAY worse than last year. What another show where everyone gets evacuated?

Sonar Stevens
Sonar Stevens

It looks like it will be up at boulder field

James Kruger
James Kruger

If there's no camping then it diminishes a lot of the fun of going to Riot Fest. I'm not driving home after the show each night.

mondogarage
mondogarage

Funny thing is, Riot Fest is *still* selling tickets on their website as of today, even though, also as of today, there is no venue.  Sketch....y.

Jim Dasch
Jim Dasch

What about our hotel purchases!? WHAT THE FUCK

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Issuing the permit and approval are two different things. They could have gotten approval way before this, you don't just go a month out and roll the dice.

Toby Hartman
Toby Hartman

Bandsintown has all the bands listed as playing in Boulder Sep 19-21

Marcie Warner
Marcie Warner

They haven't issued refunds because they said the show WILL go on just at a different venue. I purchased two tix already and I'm not worried. If the new venue doesn't suite me then I'm sure I can sell them.

Septimius Prime
Septimius Prime

Only 45 minutes from me too! Could be freezing by September though, lol!

Aaron Betcher
Aaron Betcher

the original ticket cost had built into it the cost of hanging out in a dust bowl. all of these alternatives must cost more than where the site was originally planned.

Kyle Montgomery
Kyle Montgomery

It's going to make for a better festival now that it's not in BFE.

Septimius Prime
Septimius Prime

That sucks Jesse, glad I didn't get tix early? If they come to Fairplay I'll go!

natemarshall303
natemarshall303

We don't need or want these degenerate scumbags anywhere in our state. Nasty trash. Not people... sub human parasites but typical lowlife and often LGBT freak type westword readers.

Covana
Covana

@natemarshall303 what in the hell are you talking about? Are you sure your are commenting on the right article?


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