It was announced today that the iconic Electric Factory in North Philadelphia was acquired by AEG-owned company Bowery Presents. According to the press release, “Use of the legendary Electric Factory name has been refused by Live Nation, the owners of the venue’s trademark and logos. As such, The Bowery Presents has temporarily named the venue “North Seventh” and turns to Philadelphia’s robust music community to crowdsource a permanent new moniker. A public naming contest will accept submissions now through September 30, 2018.”
You can enter the contest to rename the venue here: http://www.northseventhphilly.com/ (we endorse the name, The Electricity Factory or something similar).
The venue has hosted over 2,500 shows since the venue’s move in 1995 to its current location including legendary performers like Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Adele, and more. AEG and Bowery Presents now own Union Transfer, Boot & Saddle, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Keswick Theatre and Underground Arts, among other area venues through a mix of ownership and booking agreements. The Electric Factory was one of the only major independently run venues in Philadelphia, owned by Larry Magid and Adam Spivak.
Upcoming shows at the “North Seventh” (I really hate that name) include Slash, Chvrches, Bush, Ja Rule, and more. For all information on the new venue head over to https://www.bowerypresents.com/greater-philly/shows/north-seventh-formerly-electric-factory