By Jeffrey V. Smith
Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, Colo.
In an attempt to create a Colorado-based destination festival in the spirit of Coachella, Bumbershoot and Sasquatch!, the two-day Monolith Festival is debuting in September amidst the unparalleled majesty of Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
According to the event’s founder and producer Matt Fecher, a seasoned festival producer who is also responsible for creating the acclaimed South Park Music Festival, “The cool thing about Monolith is that while we’ll still have our big headliners, we’re going to give independent artists and unsigned bands a huge spotlight.”
The event, one of the largest ever staged at Red Rocks, will transform the venue into “a mecca of live music” featuring over 70 of the world’s top emerging artists, a welcome addition to Colorado’s festival scene. In addition to the main stage, four additional stages will be added to accommodate an ambitious schedule of bands.
Although the event is still booking acts and a line-up has yet to be announced, it promises to be exciting and unlike anything previously held at Red Rocks. Watch for the first round of artist announcements to be posted on the festival’s website sometime in May.
Ticket options, when they go on sale, include a VIP ticket package that provides access to a special lounge area, kick-off party, special VIP events, brunch, after-parties and seats in the first three rows.
(As calculated by mapquest.com from
Denver, Colo. to Morrison, Colo.)
Total Est. Time: 22 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 15 miles
ALONG THE WAY: The closest amenities to Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Park are located in the town of Morrison. Funky, mountain-town bars, restaurants and bed and breakfasts are located in the small town. For more selection, visit nearby Golden’s Main Street or simply prepare at home for the short drive. Once on the venue’s grounds it is difficult to get to any businesses except the park’s gift shop, so plan ahead.
CAMPING: No camping within Red Rocks Park. Camping can be found nearby in private RV and camp parks, state parks and national forests. Visit the Monolith website for options close to the venue.