It looks like 2022 will be the first full calendar year without interruption due to the pandemic. That being so, it is time to take note of the best Red Rocks shows happening this year. There’s been a flurry of announcements recently, so it’s not exactly easy to keep up with every show at Red Rocks.
With so many options, we’ve put together a list that will help you make a plan, so you don’t miss any of the must-see shows. These are our top Red Rocks shows announced so far for 2022, sorted by date. Check it out below and start planning your return to our all-time favorite place!
1. Porter Robinson
As early as April, the meat of the Red Rocks season begins. And what better way to start than back-to-back nights with Porter Robinson, who is currently on his Nurture Live tour? In addition to headlining these shows, Porter will also open them with his progressive house/disco side project, Air To Earth.
Appointment: April 8
While Boogie T may be one of our dubstep favorites, he also appears on this date with his live band, Boogie T.RiO, playing an opening set as the sun sets. After them, we’ll have Minnesota and SoDown sets to move on to the heavier stuff before Boogie T takes the stage for his headliner.
3. City of the Gorgons
Appointment: April 14
If you are looking for house music, this show is for you. Gorgon City are house stars in their own right, but they’re also joined by industry veterans Damian Lazarus and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, as well as up-and-coming piano house band LP Giobbi.
Appointment: April 15
This one is extra special, as EDM warhorse NGHTMRE is about to drop their very first album. What better place for such a spectacle than Red Rocks?
5. Ice Cube and Cypress Hill
Appointment: April 19
Of the three separate 420-inspired hip-hop shows this year, Ice Cube and Cypress Hill take the cake, as their performances are few and far between. Not to mention they’re joined by two Bay Area legends, E-40 and Too Short.
Appointment: April 21th
After the release of a first album like FRACTALS, how could you not see Subtronics throwing it at Red Rocks? This one is shaping up to be one of the best nights of bass music on the rocks, featuring Rusko, Yheti, G-Space b2b Tiedye Ky, and more.
7. Dom Dolla
Appointment: April 24
After one of the best bass shows of the year, there will be one of the best house shows of the year. Australian phenomenon Dom Dolla takes the reins, joined by a cabinet of DJs known for their bangers: Walker & Royce, Moon Boots, Torren Foot, and many more.
8. World Dub Festival
Appointment: May 21
This one is for the headbangers. Global Dub was one of the premier bass music events at Red Rocks since we can remember, and this year they’re bringing PEEKABOO, Dirty Monkey, ATLiens, Buku b2b Esseks, and more.
9. Orange Rex County
Appointment: May 25
To keep things fresh, we recommend you easily check out one of the most exciting names in pop music right now, Rex Orange County. The UK-based act has exploded over the past couple of years, and you might know them from one of their many collaborations with Tyler, The Creator, if not for their own music.
10. Funk on the Rocks
Appointment: May 28
2022 will mark the 7th consecutive time Chromeo has brought Funk on the Rocks to Colorado. Along with Chromeo’s funktacular sound, they always bring a co-headliner, and this time it’s Purple Disco Machine. With backing bands like Blue De Tiger and Jim-E Stack, it turns out to be a great night of music.
11. Jai Wolf and San Holo
Appointment: June 8
We can’t think of a better co-headlining couple than Jai Wolf and San Holo. Both have such sound electronic music sounds and have released some great albums over the past couple of years. Manila Kill and Tsu Nami are two acts that are definitely worth checking out, so be sure to arrive early for this one.
12. Tach Sultane
Appointment: June 12
If you’re like us, you can’t wait to hear what Tash Sultana’s 2021 album Land sounds like live. It’s easily one of our most anticipated shows of the season this year.
13. Glass Animals
This one took a long time to come. Since the cancellation of the Glass Animals shows in 2020 and 2021, the British outfit can finally perform their 2020 album Dreamland.
14. Seven Lions
Appointment: June 23
Seven Lions have been making supercharged, emotional electronic music for as long as they’ve been around, and they’re ready to unleash it this summer for what’s expected to be a scorching show at Red Rocks.
15. Kraftwerk 3-D
Appointment: June 30th
One of the most groundbreaking acts in electronic music history comes to Red Rocks to perform on the 50th anniversary (yes, 50th). After recently being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this may be the last chance to see these guys do their thing (and in 3-D).
16. Zed is Dead
Each year, DeadRocks is definitely one of the most sought after Red Rocks shows in the state of Colorado. Although support is yet to be announced, you can count on them to bring an army of DeadBeats mainstays.
Another Colorado favorite, STS9 will return to Red Rocks in 2022 for two nights of electronica-infused jams. They will also return to the renovated Levitt Pavilion, where they previously played one of their famous Ax The Cables sets.
18. Nine Inch Nails
There are few musicians alive today who have the creative songwriting abilities like Trent Reznor. Reznor recently announced the first Nine Inch Nails tour in a minute, and Colorado has the chance to make not one but two stops on this tour.
Possibly one of the most anticipated Red Rocks shows of the entire year, Flume is set to return for two nights at The Rocks to perform their upcoming album, Palace. If that wasn’t enough, openers like TSHA, Prospa, Eprom and Shlohmo should seal the deal.
20. Marc Rebillet
Appointment: October 30
Witness the mastery of improvisation with Marc Rebillet making his Red Rocks debut, the only show on his tour he has announced so far in North America for 2022.