1. Red Rocks Amphitheater- Morrison, Colorado, USA
The Red Rocks Amphitheater is a natural rock formation located in Morrison, Colorado. The natural amphitheater has been studied to have taken 200 years to form its current state. Three hundred feet tall rocks made from Colorado’s fountain formation have created a downslope landscape leading to the stage where another vertical rock sits behind it. Some of the venue’s rocks have been recorded to have formed as far back as 160 million years ago, during the Jurassic period. The venue was formerly known as the Garden of the Angels and was often used by indigenous tribes. In 1906, the plan to use the Red Rocks as an events venue was conceptualized. By the 1900s, the land was acquired by the City of Denver, purchasing it for $54,133 (equivalent to $854,273 today). After some construction, the venue opened to the public in 1941.
Today, Red Rocks Amphitheater is regarded as the world’s most beautiful outdoor concert venue. The space can hold up to 10,000 people and is equipped with a stage and other facilities for a great concert experience. Some of the venue’s most notable performers include The Beatles in 1964, Jimi Hendrix in 1968, Diana Ross and the Supremes in 1969, The Blues Brothers in 1989, U2 in 1983, and many more.
2. Gorge Amphitheatre- Columbia River Valley, Washington, USA
The Gorge Amphitheatre is one of the most breathtaking venues in the United States. The venue is situated along the Colombia River Canyon and the Cascade Mountains. The hillside seating provides ample view of the sage and the scenery. Watching your favorite artists in this visually pleasing venue offers a sublime experience. Performers such as Dave Matthews from the Dave Matthews Band, country music star Dierks Bentley, Pearl jam guitarist Mike McCready, and John Oates of Hall and Oates have expressed their amazement over the venue’s gorgeousness.
Mind you, Gorge Amphitheatre is not only aesthetically pleasing but also provides impressive features, such as the ability to accommodate 27,500 people and vast camping grounds, which makes it suitable for multiple-day festivals. Moreover, the venue is large enough to host all types of accommodation.
Some of the most iconic events that took place at the Gorge Amphitheatre are Lollapalooza, Ozzfest, H.O.R.D.E. Festival, Warped Tour, and concerts by epic rock bands including Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Black Sabbath, and many more.
3. Théâtre Antique d’Orange, Orange, France
Théâtre Antique d’Orange in France possesses a classic Roman amphitheater atmosphere. The venue, which is now a Unesco World Heritage site, boasts elements that had witnessed events as far back as Roman times. The 100-meter long by 37-meter high wall stands tall behind the stage and serves as a breathtaking backdrop for the venue’s top-tier events. Apollo’s statue at the center and the wall’s columns and entrances are thousands of years old. Indeed, attending an event at the Théâtre Antique d’Orange provides an out-of-this-world experience.
The venue now hosts a number of opera festivals, EDM concerts, piano concerts, and more. Some of the Théâtre Antique d’Orange’s renowned performers include The Cure, Italian opera singers Leo Nucci and Patrizia Ciofi, DJ Laurent Wolf, world-class pianist Lang Land, and many others. Apart from a visually wonderful backdrop, Théâtre Antique d’Orange provides the audience with excellent quality and the perfect amount of reverb from the wall.
4. Budweiser Stage – Ontario, Canada
In terms of modern architecture, the Budweiser Stage, located in Ontario, Canada, has become one of the prime outdoor venues in the world. The venue opened in 1995 and was built to replace the old forum called Ontario Place. Budweiser Stage opened with two sold-out shows by Grammy-Award-winning Canadian singer Bryan Adams. The venue can accommodate a capacity of 16,000 people, with 5,000 reserved seats, 3,500 open seats, and 7,000 on the grass bowl.
Budweiser Stage is now home to Ontario’s most exciting events and has hosted millions of patrons from all over the world. Budweister Stage is a flexible venue that can facilitate different types of events and feature various genres, such as rock, pop, jazz, and more. Some big names to grace the stage include Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, Neil Young, Simple Plan, and many more.
5. Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, California
When Shoreline Amphitheatre was built in 1986, it was ahead of its time. The outdoor entertainment destination boasts a massive fiberglass tent that covers the stage. Some entertainment industry members were in awe of the venue’s futuristic look. Today, the venue is the top pick among big acts like Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Coldplay, Travis Scott, and Julio Iglesias. The venue is vast and can accommodate up to 30,000 people. Shoreline Amphitheatre was a collaboration project between the City of Mountainview and promoter Bill Graham. Graham’s input added an exceptional feature – from the top view, the venue resembles the logo of Grateful Dead’s Steal Your Face logo.
Check out these world-class venues by booking your ticket to approaching events this season!