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“A Great Venue”

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Ranked #11 of 49 things to do in Irvine
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

A wonderful venue for a concert, but the walk to the seating area is close to a mile. When leaving, the traffic jam is horrendous and no sign of anyone directing traffic.

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Reviewed 6 June 2011

Recently my fiancee and I decided to attend an event here on the 25th of May, this was my first time at the Amphitheater and after scoping out the grounds from the freeway and nearby we were happy to see the area and the venue were very impressive and lush with greenery. I grew up in the Lake Forest area so I am well acquainted with lines at public events so we decided to set out an hour and a half early so we would get a good spot on the unreserved lawn (which is what we had tickets for). Upon arriving we saw there was a small line...that extended around the corner...for about a mile- this was daunting but we were prepared for it and queued up- still more than an hour before the show was scheduled to start.
An hour later we were still in line, about 200 feet from the gates and crawling along a the pace of a dead snail. Just when we started stressing about missing Gogol Bordello (which is actually the only band we came to see, I honestly have no idea why they would pair them with System of a Down they are polar opposites) they started to play- which only worsened the frustration from waiting in line.
When we finally arrived at the gates we realized what was the cause of all of the problems...someone in management decided to hire 15 year old kids to scan everyones tickets. On top of the incompetence it seemed like they hadn't ever used a bar code reader before and with 2,000 upset patrons behind us the nerves of all of these tweens were shot to hell so I felt worse for the people at the end of the line.
From the gates it is a good hike to the unreserved lawn, a walk one would prefer to take at their leisure before the show started but in our situation we decided it was best to run so we could possibly enjoy the band we payed over a hundred dollars to see. We managed to find an okay spot about 5 feet from the balcony/rails overlooking the seated section of the venue- we got to enjoy the show for about 20 minutes before a group of drunken morons decided to step in front of us and block our view. All the while they were sloshing their beer on the people around them (I probably would have decked one of them if this had happened to us at this point.) To make matters worse they began mock-enjoying the band we had come to see while play fighting with each other. After missing the majority of the show we were downtrodden when Gogol Bordello walked off the stage, people actually booed them even though the quality of the performance (and music) was very exceptional. Come to think of it- the sound quality was about the only good thing about this experience.
I really wish they wouldn't serve beer 10 feet from the gate, fueling morons with alcohol does not add up to a good time for other patrons that wish to have a decent, wholesome time. Interestingly enough while we were there about 20 people on the unreserved lawn smoked pot (you could smell it everywhere) and all of them just sat and enjoyed the show. From that experience I would much rather them sell joints at the gates than booze.
I plan on going back in the future as I do not believe this experience would repeat itself exactly the same way every time- the venue is nice but it needs new management.

10  Thank tsmoore88
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Reviewed 11 October 2009

For “JACK'S FOURTH SHOW” we were dead center in the lodge. We were looking forward to a great time.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Maybe the best that night but Missing Persons & Ratt all sounded great.
Things started go wrong when Eddie Money took the stage, mic not working. When George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic came out, the sound mixer got crazy with the bass or for some reason the sound became very distorted. Good time to go to the bath room. It shook us like a 8,000 horse power funny car just lunched off the starting line and never stopped.
As the B-52S & Foreigner took their turns & places on the stage some “Sound Mixing Person” forgot it was Rock & Roll and left the Bass cranked up. This wrecked the both of their performances. You could see the drummer for Foreigner with his head down and whaling, but you could barely hear it. We left after 3 songs by Foreigner with a lot of other folks all complaining about the bass all the way to our cars.

2  Thank craigdh57
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Reviewed 2 August 2008

I was at the Rod Stewart Concert at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, on Friday night, (8/1/2008). I've been to this venue quite a few times since it opened as the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in the 80’s and changed over to Verizon in 2000. I say this because I’ve always liked this venue and have enjoyed most every event I’ve attended there, until last night. We had good (not great) seats, 3rd row center, loge. Well last night’s performance was a big disappointment, not because of the performers, but due to Verizon’s sound system. The big speakers built into the stage superstructure were blown out. Even the relatively moderate volume of Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart was completely distorted at all but the quietest moments. It ruined the whole evening. I only hope the performers were aware of this, because it certainly affected the enthusiasm of most of the crowd, except for those in the first few rows who relied more on the stage speakers and not the larger arena speakers. I’m going to dispute my card charge, maybe it won’t work, but it might get Verizon’s attention. If they aren't serious about a quality performance (as evidenced by their lack of maintenance for even a top name like Rod Stewart) I won’t be inclined to attend another Verizon hosted event, anywhere.

5  Thank CalifBeachBum
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Reviewed 14 November 2016
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