(Philadelphia, PA) JULY 12, 2011… The Bowery Presents, an independent promotion company based in New York City, Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera of Four Corners Management announced today that they are opening a new live music venue in Philadelphia to be called Union Transfer. Union Transfer, named after the original train depot station that occupied the building, was developed by the group to meet Philadelphia’s need for a mid-sized live music space and will accommodate 600 people. The general admission venue boasts a flexible capacity and can manage up to 1,000 people for larger crowds. Located at 1004-26 Spring Garden St, steps from Center City, Union Transfer is slated to open on September 21, 2011.
Sean Agnew, a fixture in the Philadelphia indie-music scene, will be responsible for booking Union Transfer alongside Johnny Beach of Bowery Presents. Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera, who own and operate successful Philadelphia nightlife staples including Drinker’s, Lucy’s Hat Shop and Noche, will oversee all operations for the venue including production elements, concessions, box office and ticketing, ensuring a seamless live music experience. The group expects to book around 200 shows per year, targeting a cross section of live music from diverse performers.
“With Sean’s finger on the pulse of the Philly indie-music scene, and Avram & Mark’s expertise in operations, we are aiming to provide Philadelphia with the best possible concert-going experience,” said Jim Glancy, The Bowery Presents. “Our philosophies are all shared and simple: offer a great live music experience at good prices with no hassle.”
Philadelphia based band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will open Union Transfer on September 21, 2011, with tickets priced at $18. The inaugural lineup also includes RJD2 (on 10/14), Wild Flag (on 10/19), Gillian Welch (on 10/20), CSS (on 10/21), Dum Dum Girls (on 10/23), Friendly Fires (on 10/25), Boris (on 10/28), and We Were Promised Jetpacks (on 10/29). Show prices range from $14 – $30, with tickets going on sale on Saturday, July 16th. Tickets will be available for purchase with no ticketing fees at the temporary box office location at AKA Music – 27 N 2nd Street. Tickets can also be purchased through TicketyFly.com. Once Union Transfer opens, there will be a permanent box office window where no-fee tickets will be sold for all current and upcoming shows. For additional show line-ups and pricing, please go to www.UTPhilly.com
“To finally have established an all-ages venue for independent live-music in Philadelphia is something I have been looking forward to for years,” said Sean Agnew of R5 Productions. “We are thrilled that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will be opening Union Transfer and look forward to bringing Philly music-lovers a great line-up throughout the year in a quality venue.”
“Partnering with The Bowery Presents and Sean Agnew, both with unsurpassed reputations in the music industry among concert-goers and artists, was an easy decision,” said Avram Hornik. “Union Transfer will fill the void in Philly for an intimate live-music venue, opening the doors for not only more music fans to enjoy a great night out, but will also bring in more jobs to our area and more visitors to Philadelphia.”
The partners, along with Philly-based architecture firm Fishtank PHL, are all hands-on in the extensive renovations of the venue to create a memorable concert experience that is appealing to both the audience and artists. Renovations will touch every area of Union Transfer including the installation of a state of the art sound system by D&B Audiotechnik and concert-quality lighting. To allow for great sightlines from every angle, renovations are being done to remove the building’s original columns and include a mezzanine level with tiered seating and a large balcony. A raised platform will offer optimal viewing from the floor for the over 21 crowd.
Separate entrances are being created for the under 21 set in the grand lobby, with simple concessions and non-alcoholic beverages offered at the lower bar for all ages. They will be ushered onto the venue floor for the show.
Multiple dressing rooms are being created, as well as offices for operations. The venue will feature ample parking spaces and more than 150 bike racks.