Dubstep in Red Rock
The distinctive sound of Dubstep has come a long way from its origins in South London in the late 90s. In recent times the genre has been accepted into the hearts and minds of the general public, with numerous remixes and mash ups selling well in the USA charts. Original pioneers like Benga, Skream and Chase & Status started out underground with only a small hardcore of fans, but the tides have changed considerably. They are all international stars today.
Even the pop establishment in the USA has become aware of this intoxicating new sound, with megastars like Britney Spears sampling some of the tracks.
But there is one dub event on the horizon that has got everybody salivating. A handful of cutting edge dubsteppers are going to grace one of the most jaw-dropping arenas in the world, the Red Rock Amphitheatre near Denver. Flux Pavilion have never been shy of a challenge, and along with Excision with Zomboy, Dirtyphonics Live and Designer Drugs, they intend to take d'n'b to the masses. This is not any old music venue however, as it is situated 2000 meters above sea level and has panoramic views over the gorgeous rocky outcrops in Morrison, Colorado. The setting is truly spectacular.
But fundamentally this is a music venue that delivers unbeatable sound quality. Scientists have called this venue a wonder of the world, considering it is the only naturally occurring amphitheatre with ‘perfect' acoustics anywhere in the world. It has the ‘wow' factor which makes it the perfect setting for huge bands, and with a capacity of 9000 people it can generate quite a noise.
The history of this arena extends far beyond the ancient natural rocks which form its foundations. Some of rock and rolls most famous sons have graced the stage, such as The Beatles who played here in 1964. Other performers here include Jimi Hendrix and U2.