Isleta Amphitheater is an outdoor music venue located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As part of the Live Nation family of entertainment venues, it is a thrilling venue that hosts many top-notch concerts, tour dates, special events, and live shows per year. And to date, it continues to be one of the hottest outdoor venues in New Mexico.

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The venue first opened in February 2000 as the Mesa del Sol Amphitheater. At the time, it was part of Mesa del Sol, a planned community that is currently still under development in the city of Albuquerque. The venue served the community under that name until December 2000 when it was announced that the Albuquerque Journal purchased naming rights. After that, the venue came to be known as ABQ Journal Pavilion (known locally as Journal Pavilion).

The venue remained a popular live entertainment destination for music fans and top bands and musicians alike over the 2000s, which may have led to the 2009 concert season. During this season, the lawn area was expanded increasing the expected capacity from 12,000 to a stunning 15,000. And arguably, this was the moment that the venue’s fame kicked into high gear.

After this, in March 2010, Hard Rock Hotel and CAsino Albuquerque purchased naming rights. From then, the venue was known as The Pavilion. From then, the venue continued to win fans with hard hitting concerts, festivals, and tour dates. Earning it prestige among music venue critics and rave reviews from fans across social media and review sites.

Finally, in 2013, the venue changed its name once again to Isleta Amphitheatre, which is a name its kept to this day at the time of writing.

What’s It Like at the Amphitheatre?

You might be wondering what it’s like to enjoy a show at Isleta Amphitheatre. You might also be asking what makes it stand out compared to other New Mexico venues.

First, you have to consider that it is part of the Live Nation family of venues. So it has the backing of one of the country’s biggest event promoters, which guarantees stunning shows from top-rated artists and musicians as well as clean and spacious facilities. And because of this impressive backing, the staff selected for the venue are skilled in treating customers and guests well. You’ll feel welcome from the time you arrive all the way until you’re ready to go home.

But what about the general vibe?

Isleta Amphitheatre is known for its energetic audiences and the electrifying energy they bring to every show. Guests show up and can’t help but smile at the big energy that runs from wall to wall during the event. And that energy seems to make performers and visiting bands ramp up to the best shows of their careers. At the very least, the positive energy in the air tends to lead to some of the most fun and enjoyable events you could see in the concert season.

On top of this, the venue has plenty of parking, lots of great food and beverage options, and some of the best scenic views around making it a top-notch five-star experience.