Complaints lead to new Red Rocks Amphitheater noise restrictions

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MORRISON, Colo. -- Turning down the volume at Red Rocks Amphitheater – that’s what a group of Morrison residents would do if they had their druthers.

The group filed a slew of noise complaints that were heard loud and clear. So loud and clear, in fact, that new noise restrictions were put in place on Jan. 1 that have altered the sound coming from shows at the historic outdoor venue shows since the turn of the new year.

A hearing about those new noise restrictions will take place at a town hall meeting in Morrison at 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

The complaints that brought about the new restrictions mostly centered on the rise of electronic dance music, as known as EDM. The genre typically includes elaborate light shows and heavy bass at live concerts. 

In September 2013, Morrison residents said such concerts were rattling their windows and shaking their homes.

The new rules, which took effect on January 1, have to do with bass levels and when concerts have to conclude. The rule applies for all shows, not just EDM concerts. One key rule looks at the average decibels for the whole show, which can't exceed 105 decibels per 1 minute after midnight on weekdays, and after 1 a.m. on weekends.

The town of Morrison hired a noise consultant to look at how these rules are being implemented this year. The consultant is expected to continue to examine how closely the restrictions are being following during the busier summer concert season.

If performers don't comply, they could be charged up $10,000 for each violation.


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