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The Gorge Amphitheatre, George

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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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  • Excellent service and accommodations. We were 3 families camping together and Shelley and staff were super helpful, friendly and understanding. We travelled with 7 teenagers and one 11 year old and we...  more »
  • What a venue?! We camped for the show. (Note: it gets a little windy and cold overnight, so bundle up for bed.. If you're not up all not with the good cheer of the crowd) You can walk or get a short s...  more »
  • I came to the Gorge for the first time over Labor Day weekend 2016. We had an RV and did the general admission camping. The venue itself is amazing. The only frustration I had was having to go to one ...  more »
  • The view is amazing. Getting in and out of the place is not. Took a couple hours to go 3 miles getting in. They do leave some food vendors open after the show so you can hang out. Which I strongly recommend. I actually just slept in my car for a few hours in the parking lot. Made it much easier to get out. The "seats" are basically old metal folding chairs. Luckily the show was awesome. I have to say this place is pretty overrated.
  • I did a lot of research before flying in from Southern California and I don't remember reading any warnings about how incredibly long it takes to get into the parking lot. It took us over an hour to go the last 5 miles and we missed some of Tool which is pretty tragic. Also, the seats are just folding metal chairs with masking tape that say the seat and row numbers. When I called for information about their numbering system I was given incorrect information or maybe the seats were arranged differently this time because we ended up being way stage left instead of in the center like we were told. It's a cool venue but once it's dark you can't see the scenery anyway. It's not worth flying from out of state for sure.
  • Saw Tool this weekend. The Gorge offers the best setup for a large shows that play loud. You can get great full coverage without leaving with hearing damage. Definitely better than seeing a band indoors or at a stadium. There isn't a bad seat in the whole place. Plus, the view is stunning.
  • The Gorge is the best outdoor venue in North America. You have a beautiful amphitheatre with a large tiered grassy hill and lower floor area. The camping area is a mile hike away but a fun scene within itself. The temps are hot in the summer time during the day and the wind can be wicked at times abut at the evening time when shows usually start the sunsets are amazing and the warm air rises off of the Columbia River and meets the cooler air on the vineyard covered plateau making for soft cross winds that add to the "cool" vibe!
  • Beautiful scenery. Not really a bad seat in the place. But very poorly organized. I went to a sold out show, 2,000 people. The logistics of people-moving were great before the show. Employees were EVERYWHERE guiding cars to a parking spot, moving people through the 2 single-entry checkpoints; it was easy. But after the show - when 2000 people are all trying to leave at the same time through the same 2 narrow exits - there was no-one in sight. The parking lot was completely unregulated - no flaggers moving traffic. People sat in their parking space for an hour and a half just waiting to get out. Terribly unorganized.