Red Rocks, an iconic venue known around the world, will be under new noise restrictions for 2015 by the city of Denver. Morrison residents have long complained about the noise levels and concerts running past established curfews. While the restrictions will apply to all performances at Red Rocks, complaints about electronic shows at Red Rocks are the primary concern of residents. The heavy bass and rising level of noise from the dozen or so electronic shows Red Rocks hosts each year has drawn complaints from residents in the area for many years. There have even been rumors of Denver putting a halt to electronic shows at Red Rocks altogether.
Throughout 2014, studies were commissioned at the request of residents on noise levels in and around the amphitheater for performances. Simply completing the studies were not enough as residents have continued to complain about the level of noise and the reverberating bass felt not only during the late hours of concerts, but throughout entire performances as well. In the new restrictions is a clause allowing the city of Denver to ban acts that violate the new regulations for 2015. For certain performances, especially in the electronic music scene, this will be one thing to keep in mind as they get ready to come to Red Rocks. Already on the bill for the next few months are the likes of Chromeo, Odesza, Major Lazer,Excision, Zomboy, Adventure Club, and Colorado natives, Savoy. With this new provision allowing for the city to ban artists, electronic acts will need to adhere strictly to the guidelines put forth, or electronic shows may be on a slippery slope to being banned completely.