The engineering report that helped convince Arapahoe County to deny Riot Fest's permit

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Aaron Thackeray
Riot Fest will not return to May Farms outside Byers this year after Arapahoe County Commissioners denied special-use permit applications from both the festival and the farm. The denial came just two months before the music festival and carnival was set to bring Wu-Tang Clan, Slayer, Primus and more to the town forty miles east of Denver -- Riot Fest will go on with the same schedule at a new location: the parking lot outside Sports Authority Field in downtown Denver.

The two main factors that led to the decision were comments collected in a public hearing earlier this month and a traffic impact report commissioned by the County's Engineering Division. May Farms and Riot Fest proposed improvements in traffic flow and parking for this year, but the report suggests that more would be needed.

"While these changes will mitigate some of the queues accessing the event, it is likely that there will still be extensive queues unless vehicle arrival time is spaced out over several hours," the report concludes. It suggests additional changes to roads, signage and traffic redirection, among other things to help accommodate an estimated crowd of over 17,000 people, which is roughly 17 times the population of Byers.

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Riot Fest announces new location and issues a statement: "Simply, we were duped"

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Aaron Thackeray
A fan at Riot Fest last year in Byers
After being denied special-use permits required by Arapahoe County, Riot Fest has moved its 2014 festival from May Farms outside Byers to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in downtown Denver. The dates (September 19 to 21) and schedule (see below) are unchanged. Previously purchased tickets will be honored as-is, and camping refunds will be issued starting today. Riot Fest will also offer free parking.

In addition to announcing the new location, the festival has issued a lengthy statement on the entire ordeal, including a letter from founder Mike Petryshyn. In it, he passionately expresses his connection with the family who owns May Farms and his anger at the County's decision. "And we all know if we were named Good Ole Country Riot Fest, we would have never been in this situation," it ends. You can read the whole thing below.

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Trout Steak Revival is Colorado's next great bluegrass band

Emerald O'Brien
Trout Steak Revival plays the free stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival during the band competition semi-finals. They competed against nine other bands from around the country to win the title of Best Band.
There is no trout at Trout Steak Revival's band practice, but there are five musicians and a manager full of bratwurst and salad in a back yard in east Denver.

"You can only eat so much trout," banjo player Travis McNamara jokes.

Fiddle player Bevin Foley hosts her bandmates on Thursdays for food and practice when they each make the trek into Denver from their Front Range homes. On this particular Thursday, they sit around the table in her small back yard. A faded wooden sign proclaiming "Trout Steak Revival" leans against the fence in the corner. Except for gigs and the occasional Sunday practice, Thursday band practice is one of the only chances they have to all get together while juggling their own day jobs and living in different towns.

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At Ride Festival, bands were clearly happy to be playing "the most beautiful venue in the world"

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Mary Willson
A view of the stage at Telluride Town Park.
Real life stops at Ride festival . Sheer rock faces in the distance and a heavily forested backdrop for the small wooden stage make it easy to feel a sense of escape for a weekend. No wi-fi signal, no cell phones out, with the focus on music and the people around you -- the way a music festival should be.

See also: Why mountain concerts like this weekend's Ride Festival are especially appealing for bands

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New music festival will bring Edward Sharpe, Talib Kweli and more to City Park

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Trevor Anderson. Full slideshow
Edward Sharpe performs at Red Rocks.
A new music festival called Chive Fest is coming to Denver this August, and the lineup is no small affair. It features Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Cold War Kids, Talib Kweli and more. The full roster is below.

The festival is a collaboration between photo website The Chive and C3 Presents -- the company that produces Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and a few other music festivals around the country.

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Why mountain concerts like this weekend's Ride Festival are especially appealing for bands

Emerald O'Brian
Every good Coloradan knows that everything is better in the mountains. Sports, views, air and even music festivals. One reason our state has been able to draw fans and bands from around the nation (and world) is the same reason we're able to attract so many tourists.

Telluride, Colorado, hosts a different festival practically every weekend in the summer. There's abluegrass festival, a film festival, a yoga festival, a mushroom festival and more. Rumor has it there is even an "unfestival" the one weekend there is no festival, where locals supposedly celebrate the absence of tourists by going from bar-to-bar naked (though reliability of the source of this information is questionable).

Further research on the unfestival will have to wait, though: This weekend, Ride Festival will bring a lineup including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Spoon and the Wood Brothers to the mountains. "It is festival season for us. that's what we do all summer," Says Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers. "Telluride is known as one of the ultimate festival stops. For us, it's a little remote, but we try to make it work."

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Warped Tour 2014: The five most interesting bands on the lineup

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Christopher Morgan
Last year's Warped Tour
This summer's Vans Warped Tour will boast some impressive and eclectic artists to draw fans of punk, hip-hop and hardcore right alongside the inevitable Hot Topic zombies. The venerable festival, hasn't always evolved smoothly, but this year's Denver lineup -- the last stop on the tour -- is particularly impressive. It comes to Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 3, but the Tour is already in full swing. Here are our five must-see acts for this year's biggest parking lot party.

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The South Park Music Festival survival guide

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Brandon Marshall
Another great Colorado music festival, Snowball

Thousands of people will descend on the tiny town(s) of South Park and Fairplay this patriotic weekend for the South Park Music Festival. Whether you're a pro at camping music festivals or a newbie who only bought tickets because you didn't realize South Park was a real town, there are some things everyone should know for those three days of music, mud, partying and sleeping on the ground.

Music festivals, especially the "pitch a tent and party here for the weekend" kind are a marathon, and for the unexperienced or unprepared, a beautiful weekend in the mountains can easily turn into a nightmare where you find yourself suddenly quoting Gob Bluth -- "I've made a huge mistake." So we've put together a survival guide so you can spend the 4th of July weekend fully enjoying Slightly Stoopid while making far too many South Park jokes.

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Eleven things that make the Telluride Bluegrass Festival magical

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Emerald O'Brien
The view of Telluride, Colorado, from the Telluride/Mountain Village gondola.
As the town of Telluride changes hands from tourists back to locals, and "festivarians" everywhere and finally cut off the last vestiges of Festivaria, including their wristbands, we look back at one of Colorado's most popular music festivals. The list of the best things about the Telluride Bluegrass Festival is extensive, but we cut it down to the eleven best things (in no particular order) of the music festival, which turned 41 over the weekend.

See also: Telluride Bluegrass Festival's longtime MC reflects on Colorado's most storied music fest

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Electric Daisy Carnival attendee's death under investigation

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Christopher Victorio
The Clark County Coroner is investigating the death of a 24-year-old who collapsed outside Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas Saturday morning.

An autopsy was being conducted this weekend, but results aren't yet available to the media, an official at the coroner's office told us. If drug use is suspected, it's likely that a cause-of-death determination will be put off until investigators get their hands on toxicology test results.

The raver, who collapsed outside the three-day festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, was identified as Montgomery Tsang of San Leandro, California.

By Dennis Romero

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