Meow Wolf’s massive Vortex music fest may draw thousands to a Sun Valley junkyard this August – The Denver Post
Meow Wolf will hold its Vortex music festival in what’s now an industrial lot in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood, ending speculation as to where the signature public event would take place when it comes to town for the first time this year. It will be the first event held at The Junk Yard, which is a brand new open-air downtown venue that will be run by music promoter Live Nation.
The spot, at 2323 Mulberry Place, about a mile south of Meow Wolf’s permanent immersive installation, Convergence Station, in an industrial neighborhood just east of I-25. The event, Aug. 5-7, will include three days of all-ages music, food trucks, and other entertainment, Live Nation said in a statement last week. The Denver-based mega promoter described the owners of the property as “friends of the family of Live Nation.”
Publicists for Meow Wolf and Live Nation didn’t immediately respond to questions about the venue’s capacity — or who the “friends of the family of Live Nation” are.
“The new owners of The Junk Yard saw a great opportunity to transform a scrap metal yard into a multifaceted musical festival site in the heart of the city,” the statement reads. “The new venue will undergo a dramatic metamorphosis to become another world for Vortex 2022 — a transition that is common for many Meow Wolf events and activations — with two stunning stages (Viscera Stage and the Atria Stage), art installations … and comfy chill zones.”
Since the location is in a tangle of off-grid, dead-end streets, Meow Wolf has included suggested routes on its Experience Planning page. That includes the closest bus stop (West 8th Avenue and Wyandot Street); the Light Trail station at 10th and Osage streets; and other RTD and bike-share options. (Or, it’s a 45-minute walk from downtown.) There is extremely limited parking in the area, officials said.
Meow Wolf announced in April that the festival would come to Denver for the first time this year — it was formerly based in Taos, N.M. — but hadn’t revealed the location.
Previously announced acts include Toro y Moi, 100 gecs, Bob Moses, Neil Frances, Duke Dumont and Maya Jane Coles. Local musicians scheduled to perform include Neon the Bishop, Mr. Frick, Send/Receive and Peer Review.
A single-day general admission ticket to the festival is $69.50 per day, while three-day general admission is $198.75, via ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.
Meow Wolf Denver last year opened its Convergence Station installation to acclaim and buzz, having first cornered the market on “immersive experiences” years ago from its home base in Santa Fe. Meow Wolf said it marked the location’s millionth customer on June 15.
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