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Small Colorado Town Not Happy to Be Hosting Riot Fest

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Last year was the first time that Colorado hosted Riot Fest, which was originally a Chicago rock music festival. However, instead of having the festival at Red Rocks, Fiddler’s, the Pepsi Center, or any other venue made for that stuff, organizers decided to go out to a farm in Byers. 

Byers is a small farming/ranching town of less than 2,000 people, just off I-70, approximately 30 miles east of Aurora and 40 miles east of Denver. Not what you would normally think of for a punk/alternative rock festival, but an estimated 15,000 ticket holders attended each of the three days in 2013.

The townsfolk in Byers… Not so hip on the idea that the festival is coming back to their town this September. A large crowd of people turned out Tuesday (July 2) to voice their feelings about it. Most of the complaints were about the extra traffic, loud noise, and drug use in the town.

Arapahoe County officials made no decision on the event’s future Tuesday evening.

This years festival featuring The Cure, Rise Against, Primus, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, and many more is planned for the weekend of Sept. 19-21, and more than 17,000 tickets a day are expected to be sold.

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