Red Rocks April 2018 preview and playlist: Flosstradamus, Kygo, Opiuo and more

It's April in Colorado, which means there's a distinct scent in the air (no, not THAT smell). Spring is here and like flowers blooming to get some sun, Red Rocks Amphitheatre will soon be throwing open its gates for the 2018 summer concert season.

Like every year, the Red Rocks schedule is packed from Creation Rock to Ship Rock with a variety of artists from every genre. But there is one change coming to the iconic venue in 2018: For the first time, all ticketing will be paperless. If that sounds like a radical transition, don't fret; the same Flash Seats technology that has been getting you quickly into venues like the Pepsi Center and Colorado Convention Center is now in place at America's most famous outdoor amphitheatre. The short version: You'll be able to easily access your tickets through your smartphone or the credit card you used for your purchase. For the long version, click here.

However, outside of the tickets, not much has changed ahead of Red Rocks' 77th season. And that's a good thing: When Mother Nature herself designs your amphitheatre, there's not much to improve on.

Throughout the summer, AXS will be bringing you monthly previews of all of the amazing artists scheduled to hit the stage. Even though April only features a handful of shows, the schedule gets off to a blazing start with a co-headlining show from 311 and Method Man & Redman on Thursday, April 19 followed by Flosstradamus' HDYFEST on 4-20 proper. 2018 opening weekend wraps up on Saturday, April 21 with Colorado's own SunSquabi co-headlining with Opiuo, who will be debuting his Syzygy Orchestra especially for the show. Kygo brings the Kids In Love Tour to Red Rocks on Wednesday, April 25 and the month wraps up with a highly anticipated show from freaky funk favorites (and newly-minted Apple ad stars) Vulfpeck on Friday, April 27.

Those shows are the mere tip of the rock formation; Red Rocks' complete schedule already includes over 130 concerts and the schedules for Film on the Rocks and Yoga on the Rocks have yet to be announced. So go ahead and get excited Denver, Red Rocks season is right around the corner.

Follow the links below for tickets to every April show at Red Rocks and click the playlist to hear more from the artists.

311/ Method Man & Redman
w/ Collie Buddz, PROF, Long Beach Dub Allstars and Chali 2na - Thursday, April 19 (Click here for tickets)

Kayzo, Famous Dex, Melvv, Ducky - Friday, April 20 (Click here for tickets)

Opiuo/ SunSquabi
w/ Flamingosis, Anomalie - Saturday, April 21 (Click here for tickets)

w/ Alan Walker - Wednesday, April 25 (Click here for tickets)

w/ Kamasi Washington and KNOWER - Friday, April 27 (Click here for tickets)