DENVER, Dec. 4, 2021
Red Rocks Amphitheatre has risen to the top of Billboard Magazine’s year-end list of top-grossing and best-attended venues.
Billboard’s Boxscore has named Red Rocks Amphitheatre as the top-grossing, most attended concert venue of any size, anywhere in the world for 2021 – the venue’s 80th anniversary. With 233 ticketed paid events, including 177 concerts, 20 yoga/fitness programs, and 36 films in the Film on the Rocks series, Red Rocks has set a new season record.
The previous high was 168 concerts in a season set in 2019. In 2020, only a few acts were performed for audiences of 175 people, and the 2021 season began in the shadow of the COVID-19 epidemic, with limited capacities, seating plans that promote social distance, on-site Covid vaccination sites, and unsure fans and tours.
Billboard is reporting gross ticket revenue of more than $60 million on 134 events due to reporting date cutoffs and promoter policy. The performance promoter – not the venue – receives gross reported ticket sales, which do not include show expenses such as venue rental, labour, compensation to artists, or other costs.
Red Rocks’ eventual revenues are used to maintain and improve the venues in the Arts & Venues portfolio, as well as offer support for arts and cultural programs in the city.
“It’s been an absolute whirlwind, and extremely gratifying, getting from a year that devastated so many in our industry to our own record-breaking season,” said Ginger White, executive director of Denver Arts & Venues, the City agency that operates Red Rocks. “We’re proud to play a part in Denver’s economic and cultural recovery by providing so many Colorado residents and visitors a place to gather for the joyous return of live music.”
“A Red Rocks season like this is a tribute to dedicated artists, promoters, staff and fans,” said Venue Director Tad Bowman. “Red Rocks is a special place, and every person who steps on stage, serves a drink, greets a customer, or buys a ticket owns a piece of this success.”
The Red Rocks concert season began on a snowy April 22 with Lotus and ended on November 19 with Playboi Carti. The following are some of the season’s highlights:
- The 8 O’clock Howl – an 80th anniversary celebration including local musicians who played for Colorado communities during the Covid-19 outbreak.
- A six-night run with electronic music musician/producer Zhu – the most evenings by a single act in a Red Rocks season ever.
- The Grateful Dead’s members will perform in a variety of musical configurations, including the season’s biggest grossing Red Rocks gigs – two nights of Dead & Co, which grossed more than $2 million, according to Billboard.
- A number of artists, including Dermot Kennedy, Playboi Carti, and Bill Burr, are making their first headline appearances.
- Widespread Panic will play their 61st, 62nd, and 63rd sold-out shows at Red Rocks, setting a new record.
For the following two weekends, the Red Rocks season will continue with special holiday drive-in screenings. Visit Redrocksonline for tickets and more information.
Video: Red Rocks: Nature’s perfect music stage by CBS Sunday morning