Monolith takes over Red Rocks in September


By Brian F. Johnson


September 13 and 14
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

In its inaugural year, Monolith was referred to by many people as an “indie fest” and that’s not all together wrong, but the real way to describe this behemoth of a festival is “new music.”

Like last year, this year’s Monolith with feature five stages and more than 50 bands. That size of a lineup was a first for Red Rocks and the City of Denver (who owns the amphitheatre), which deemed Monolith the largest two-day music festival ever to take place at the venue.

Those familiar with the venue will wonder how that many stages can be placed on the site, but the promoter ingeniously utilizes the stages and side rooms in the relatively new visitor center to spread the music into every nook and cranny of Red Rocks.

That layout helps to set the stage for Monolith’s main goal, which is to create an unparalleled event for the festival’s headliners, while also creating a springboard for unsigned and under-the-radar bands.

Monolith is the festival that a whole sector of music freaks has been waiting for in Colorado for a long time. Now, it’s not just hippies and bluegrassers who get to go outside and put all of their musical heroes in one place.

Travel time:
(As calculated by from
Denver, Colo. to Morrison, Colo.)

Total Est. Time: 23 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 18 Miles

YOU NEED TO KNOW: While this is a Red Rocks festival, this isn’t your typical Red Rocks show. Bring your blanket to throw down in the main amphitheatre, but don’t expect to spend the whole day in the main seating area. If you do you’re wasting the whole experience. Be ready to jump and run to other stages at any time. Traveling light and being comfortable is the name of the game once you’re in the venue.

Price: $$

Camping: No

Silversun Pickups
TV on the Radio
Vampire Weekend
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Band of Horses
Neko Case
The Avett Brothers
Cut Copy
Hercules and Love Affair
Del tha Funky Homosapien
Tokyo Police Club
The Ting Tings
The Kills
The Fratellis
Mickey Avalon
The Presets
Holy F**k
The Bronx
The Cribs
Tilly and the Wall
Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip
Does it Offend You, Yeah?
The Heavy
Port O’Brien
The Photo Atlas
Blitzen Trapper
White Denim
The Night Marchers
A Place to Bury Strangers
Pop Levi
John Vanderslice
The Airborne Toxic Event
Pwrfl Power
Darker My Love
The Hood Internet
Colour Revolt
Cameron McGill & What Army
The Morning Benders
The Giraffes
Jukebox and the Ghost
Bright Channel
Chester French
Grampall Jookabox
The Rosewood Thieves
Hearts of Palm
American Bang
Candy Coated Killahz
Joshua Novak
Rock Plaza Central
The Chain Gang of 10974
The Wheel
Erin Ivey
Noah Harris
Scratch Track
Lynsey Smith
David Moore
The Elms
Dave Beegle

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