Riot Fest's new Denver location: Five places it could go
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.
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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.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aaron Thackeray Holy Fuck at Monolith Festival in 2008
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
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Aaron Thackeray Mile High Music Festival 2010
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