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The Gorge Amphitheatre, George

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4.4/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
The Gorge Amphitheatre is a 27,500-seat outdoor concert venue near the Columbia River in George, Washington managed by Live Nation. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Gorge is considered one of the most scenic concert locations in the world. It is a nine-time winner of Pollstar Magazine's award for 'Best Outdoor Music Venue' and was voted as one of the 'Best Outdoor Concert Venues in America' by ConcertBoom.LocationThe Gorge is located approximately east of Seattle and approximately west of Spokane. Opened in 1985, this venue offers sweeping and majestic views of the Columbia River as it skirts the foothills of the Cascade Range southbound, as well as extreme eastern Kittitas County and extreme western Grant County. It is also known for its spectacular views of the Columbia Gorge canyon. Originally, the land was planned to be used for growing grapes for wine.PerformancesApart from drawing big name performers, The Gorge has also played host to an array of popular music festivals, including Area Festival, Creation Festival, Dave Matthews Band Caravan, H.O.R.D.E. Festival, Honda Civic Tour, Identity Festival, Lilith Fair, Lollapalooza, Ozzfest, Paradiso Festival, Rock the Bells Festival, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Uproar Festival, Vans Warped Tour, Pain in the Grass, and Watershed Festival.
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  • The view and feeling experienced the first time I reached the top of the hill for the full view of the Gorge is somethng I will never forget. We traveled all the way across the country for Labor Day W...  read more »
  • Just saw Dave Matthews Band play here. Breathtaking views! Highly recommended! If you ever have the chance to see ANY band here, GO! 
  • If you have a chance to come here. Do it. Though I can't think of a better band to see here than Dave Matthews, just get out there and see someone. Anyone. It's stunning and amazing and all the things...  read more »
  • Fantastic concert venue - we have seen Dave Matthews Band several times here and love it. Food choices generally very good. Rating facility/total experience high but there are always some gripes. Gripe list includes: porta johns w/VERY long lines for shows. 2016 poor management of exiting car traffic resulting in 45 minutes just to move to the exit for Star parking. Prior year was much better.
  • I loaded up a couple friends, my travel trailer, and headed to The Gorge on one of the best road trips of my life! It took a while coming from Canada, but very cool when darkness fell and we were escorted by a "blood moon". When we arrived, the staff greeted us, and helped us (with lights), to get to our spot on the terrace. An unforgettable weekend ensued. The shuttle service to/from the venue was great. The washrooms were newer and very clean. The view of the gorge from the amphitheater is amazing, and the sound was great. Just an awesome way to spend a long weekend!
  • I was here to see DMB over Labor day weekend. We camped for 4 nights in the gold (big rig) camping. the facilities were Porta potties (honey bucket) and they were cleaned and refreshed multiple times a day. the showers were hot, getting in and out was easy and it was overall a pleasant experience.
  • I attended 2 concerts at the Gorge this summer, and I just wanted to give a bit of feedback about my experience, specifically about the ADA services. For the most part, I was impressed. The ADA staff was so supportive and helpful. The fact that they have golf carts available to help us make it down to ADA section is amazing. It very much helped me have a wonderful time. I did not have to wait long either and the drivers were super nice. The man managing the gate each evening into the ADA section was also awesome. He was vigilant about checking our wristbands and he was professional when it came to rejecting bribes he was offered to let non-ADA people into the area to use the restroom. The first aspect I would like to see improved is the ADA venue entrance where we were searched...this created issues that were possibly dangerous. They should change this lane to be the closest lane to the Guest Services box. I know it would be a little farther from handicap parking, but it would be well-worth it because as other non-ADA people were let in at the same time and we had to go across the area to get to guest services, we were practically trampled by people rushing to get in...I have horrible stability and was almost husband had to block people from pushing into me. This could easily be avoided by moving it to the other side, where although farther from parking, people would have enough time to make it over there during a time when others are not in a hurry. Also, the security guy who checked my bag should have been better informed and more professional. He made an insulting comment about the number of medication bottles I had with me, and while he checked my bag thoroughly, which was fine, all the people behind me pushed past me to get in--not being checked at all. This brings me to my next point...they should label the ADA line better. There is a sign when you first come in, but then it is not as clearly labeled as it should be where the lines break down for searches. Again, this meant non-ADA people pushing past me when I was slow due to my limited mobility. Next up is the chairs provided. I have to say that it was a bit disheartening to see the plush chairs from the VIP section that had cushions vs the hard metal we were provided. Thankfully, I carry a pillow with me everywhere due to frequent hip subluxations. If I didn't, the chairs would have caused me constant pain. I know we didn't pay more for our tickets like VIP patrons, but a little more consideration would mean a lot for our comfort. My next point is they absolutely need add a rail both in front of the ADA section and behind it. After the show, the people on the floor flooded the ADA-section and it was so dangerous. My husband had to block me as I sat and waited for the place to clear out. They were trying to bypass the crowd and used the not-well labeled ADA section to do so. A rail would definitely help deter this behavior. One night the ADA staff tried to block people from doing it, but it was not manageable and they eventually gave up. This part of the experience actually scared me. Please please please add a rail. The rail behind the section next to the fence would be helpful for people who can walk...just make their way down the slight incline. This last point did not affect me, but I talked to multiple ADA folks who were very bothered by the shuttle wait after the concert. After the show, the wait and how insanely cramped the area is while waiting for the shuttle was intense. One woman could barely breathe and started sobbing. It was jam-packed with almost no place for people not in wheelchairs to sit. I would not have been able to stand that whole time to wait for the shuttle. The venue is so beautiful and I very much appreciated the services that were provided. Overall, I had a wonderful time. I just figured people may not know about these issues if I did not speak up.
  • Labor day weekend 2016 for Dave Matthews was my first time at the Gorge Amphitheater. This place is absolutely stunning and definetly by far the most scenic outdoor concert venue I've ever been to. We purchased standard camping but they ran out of space so we were upgraded to gold which placed us closer to the venue and gave us a quieter campground. Overall awesome!
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