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“Stay off the LAWN”

Shoreline Amphitheatre
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santa barbara
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Stay off the LAWN”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We went to the Jason Aldean concert and chose the lawn.. Big mistake. Small video monitors, poor sound quality, cant even see people on the stage it is so far away. The lawn itself is so steep it is uncomfortable to stand or sit in a lawn chair. The 20 or so port-a-potties were so inadequate this part of the venue should be shut down by whoever allows them to foist this on the public. There is one bar with huge lines and $12 beer!

I'd consider going back to try the up front seating but the lines were so long to get in and the traffic so bad getting out it would not be worth it.

The concert dropped one artist without explanation or refund, started an hour late and there was another boring hour between the remaining two acts.

There are much better places to see good shows. Stay away from this poorly planned mob scene

Visited October 2013
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United States
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104 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Lousy sound system”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

We attended the Keith Urban Fuse concert. He is a fantastic musician and performer. Sadly, the venue was terrible. The sound system was awful. I don't know the technical terms, but I could feel what I assume is the bass vibrating through the concrete, the chairs, and pounding my heart. Very uncomfortable. This effect was way worse during Little Big Town's opening act. All the other reviewers' comments about nightmare parking, bumper to bumper traffic starting well before the exit off-ramp, and chaos at the entry gate are true. It took us about 1-1/2 hours from the stopped traffic on the highway to one of parking lots. I wouldn't recommend this venue for a concert. If you do go, be sure to get tickets for a real seat and not the lawn.

Visited September 2013
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Hollister, California
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
50 attraction reviews
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“A Bit Pricey”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

We went and saw a festival here, the second stage was in the sectioned off cement parking lot....it was hot with the sun coming off the black top and there wasn't a lot of shade or lawn to take recluse in...

The security at the gate made us take the lids off our water bottles due to security issues, but if you bought water form inside the venues, you were handed a bottle with a lid.

The amphitheater was clean and the bathrooms were orderly. And there were enough stalls for everyone.

Beer was expensive, and food was WAY overpriced.

Visited September 2013
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Sacramento, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“TRAFFIC!!!”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

SUCH A BUMMER! Took us longer to get into the venue than the actual concert we were trying to attend.:(...& this was allowing a what should of been a 15 minute drive that ended up taking 2 hrs to get into Shoreline!!! Its been like 10 yrs since I've been to Shoreline, but something is wrong with this picture!?! I get a bit of traffic happens with big concerts, but What happened?!? They have to have figured out how to move traffic by now???? serious bummer. Some folks around us walked in during the last 3 songs:(:(:(

Visited September 2013
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UK
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“AVOID this place like the plague!”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

We have been travelling to the US for over 30 years and have been to numerous sporting, music and festival events. I have always been impressed with the way large numbers of cars and traffic is managed at these events in America. However, I have never had such a horrendous experience getting to and from this venue for the Depeche Mode concert last night. From downtown San Fran to parking took over 3 hours and there were hundreds of cars still behind us missing a huge part of the show. How there were no serious traffic incidents I will never know. Token gesture at traffic management after the show meant a further 2 hour journey back to San Fran. It's just not worth it.

Visited September 2013
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