After months of speculation, rumors, blog posts and a posted tour date or two – it comes with great pleasure that we can officially announce UNION TRANSFER, a brand new venue opening up in Center City this September! Union Transfer will hold 600 people (with a flexible capacity to accommodate more people if/when we need to) in what most people know as “the old Spaghetti Warehouse” building at 10th and Spring Garden. What most people do not know is that the building was originally an old luggage depot station in the early 1900s originally named “Union Transfer” (that made picking a name so easy!) It’s a pretty dramatic space w/ sweeping arches, stained glass, old chandeliers and a whole lot of character. Along with the old furnishings we are adding what we think will be the best and biggest PA/Sound System in Philadelphia. We are thrilled to show it all off later this fall with a bunch of shows that we are really excited about.
The venue is a new joint partnership between myself, Bowery Presents (who book a ton of great shows in nyc and own a few venues of their own) and Four Corners Management (the folks who own Drinkers, Noche, Lucys and a few other bars around town). Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing lots of new shows, pictures and all sorts of other information about the venue. Two things we are really excited to tell you about off the bat : the venue will feature AIR CONDITIONING (and lots of it !) and the venue will be ALL AGES with a separate bar area for those who are 21+ and would like to drink.
You can find more information about the venue at : www.utphilly.com as well as twitter.com/UnionTransfer and facebook.com/UnionTransfer. We encourage you to follow us – so you can keep up to date with our progress and get in the know about all the new shows that we’ll be bringing to Philadelphia in the fall! We just posted the first round of confirmed shows staring on September 21st with CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH (who are playing in a few weeks at XPN’s big outdoor festival!) as well as shows for the likes of RJD2, WILD FLAG, GILLIAN WELCH, BORIS, SHELLAC, WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS, WORLD INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY, MOGWAI, CSS, FRIENDLY FIRES, THE SEA & CAKE and lots more. You can get the details for all of these shows at www.utphilly.com
Tickets for the first round of shows go on sale online this Saturday (July 16th) at noon. Tickets can also be purchased without a surcharge at our box office at AKA Music (27 N 2nd Street / right above 2nd and Market Sts)
We’ll leave it at that for now. Again, lots more exciting stuff to come. Check out today’s Philadelphia Inquirer for a feature story written by Dan Deluca on the brand new room and this new partnership :
Ohh one last thing….. We are still doing shows at all of our usual spaces (including The Church!). R5 Productions will still continue to exist and we’ll be busier than ever with a new venue in our lineup !
Let’s get psyched for the fall! Up the punks (or something?)