The Red Rocks petition has definitely been making its rounds on social media this past week.
When the news about Red Rocks‘ new noise restrictions surfaced, it was painfully clear that it was directly at least partially at EDM. Known for pushing the appropriate decibel boundaries, EDM shows at Red Rocks have repeatedly shaken the foundations of the surrounding neighborhoods, metaphorically speaking.
It wasn’t soon after that a petition was created on change.org to bring attention to the issue.
The petition reads:
This is an important issue as the noise restrictions placed on Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater are detrimental to the music experience of any event patron at the venue. These noise restrictions also unfairly target Electronic Dance Music Events, as these events tend to have large amounts of low frequency bass sounds that travel further than higher frequency sounds, thus being more present in the homes near the venue. With regard to these homes, all have been built after the construction of the the Amphitheater, and thus the homeowners should not be able to complain about the volume of the concerts as they willingly purchased property near a well known and active musical venue. Future homeowners in the area should be notified of the noise, and be required to sign an agreement with Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater stating that they accept the results of living next to a concert venue, and will not attempt to enact resolutions against the park. If the buyer does not agree to these terms, then they should consider other properties, as an individual home buyer can relocate, but a natural amphitheater under 63 continuous year of use cannot. Red Rocks also faces a loss in revenue from these restrictions, as EDM events draw huge crowds to the Amphitheater every year. The banning of these events and/or artists will cause Red Rocks to lose many ticket buying atendees, meaning the venue will see a massive loss in sales and revenue.
While I agree that the noise restrictions with unequally affect EDM versus other genres, I do not agree with the points made in the petition.
“…homeowners should not be able to complain about the volume of the concerts”
I personally think they can do that. A petition won’t convince anyone that they can’t ask the big, blaring concert venue next door to “turn it down.” These residents likely have children and families and shows with “large amounts of low frequency bass sounds” that go until the wee hours of the morning are likely affecting them adversely. While I sympathize with the concert goers of Red Rocks, I more sympathize with the residents of Morrison, CO.
At the time of this publication, the petition has 14,862 supporters. According to the petition, organizers will be finalizing their legal stance on the issue and will present it to Morrison city officials after reaching their goal of 15,000 signees. Another petition (with 546 signatures) addresses the City of Denver directly. And according to Westword, an online publication based out of Denver, “The decisions will ultimately lie not with Morrison but with Denver, which owns and operates Red Rocks. Brian Kitts of Denver’s Arts and Venues division told Colorado Public Radio that the city is “not considering banning EDM or other shows. They are an important part of American pop culture right now.”