Electric Factory

Music Venue and Concert Hall
North Philadelphia, Philadelphia
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  • Joe S.
    "If you're upstairs get a spot by the railing early."(5 Tips)
    Wanderlust
    "Still one of the best concert venues in Philly, to me."(3 Tips)
    Lauren :.
    "HUGE venue."(3 Tips)
    Michael B.
    "arrive early to get seats in the balcony bar area."(5 Tips)
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  • Joe S.
    Joe SimpsonDecember 28, 2012
    If you're upstairs get a spot by the railing early. Otherwise you won't be able to see anything. They have screens but who goes to a concert to watch a video screen? I want to see the stage!
    Upvoted May 14
  • TixBangBoom
    TixBangBoomMarch 1, 2012
    Bring your best and never forget a night at the electric factory. From Guns N Roses to Matisyahu this is truly one of the great venues in Philly! Get some tix and bring your friends to this hot spot!!
    Upvoted May 14
  • Karen S.
    Karen StagemyerJuly 14, 2015
    Been going to see live shows here since the place opened. Kind of like a home to me. I usually always get there a little early and have no trouble sitting the rail!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HeilnerFebruary 29, 2012
    Despite a lot of griping about sound in the past, last time time I was there(11/11/11) sound quality was excellent. Solid venue, not my favorite in the city, but still good.
  • Bridget W.
    Bridget WelshOctober 20, 2016
    My first concert here was truly a unique experience, and I was left amazed at the feeling of intimacy here, with the lack of seats when I went to see Owl City in 2010 for my birthday!
  • CS R.
    CS RojasSeptember 2, 2015
    One of the more annoying venues. Bar upstairs gets packed quick, get there early! Otherwise be ready to use binoculars from the back to see the show.
  • Erin S.
    Erin SimmonsMay 31, 2013
    Make sure to take notice of the awesome art across the walls of the EFactory. Most of it is done by the extremely talented street artist, Get Up Art
  • Connor G.
    Connor GarrityNovember 2, 2011
    Great venue, saw J. Cole there a few weeks ago. Make sure you get there early and if you can, stand upstairs-much better view of the stage!
  • Nick D.
    Nick DeRosaApril 27, 2011
    Massive "small-show" venue in Philadelphia. The acoustics are a bit shitty here but the atmosphere definitely makes up for it. Easy to get to car/transit - easy to find parking.
  • Dennis R.
    Dennis RobinsonOctober 14, 2013
    Very beautiful place! I highly recommend sitting as close to the front as possible and as far center as you can get.
  • NBC Philadelphia
    NBC PhiladelphiaJuly 27, 2011
    The original Electric Factory (at 22nd and Arch Streets) opened in a converted tire warehouse in 1968. This location, opened in 1994, is considered one of the nation's leading indoor concert venues.
  • Emma D.
    Emma DJanuary 28, 2013
    Unique venue, but shows sell out fast here, make sure you come early and stake out a good spot.
  • Keighty S.
    Keighty SharkeyAugust 12, 2013
    For all day shows, the concrete floors really make a difference. Wear good shoes. Wearing vans will ruin your day.
  • - B.
    - BossiApril 17, 2011
    This place is massive & easy to reach by both transit & car. Acoustics aren't perfect, but the venue's atmosphere more than makes up for that.
  • Chrissy N.
    Chrissy NickelNovember 30, 2014
    Large, not the best views of the stage if it's a large concert. People get a little pushy
  • Todd C.
    Todd CooperMay 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't settle for the beer selection at the downstairs bar (if it's open) - balcony bar has a much wider choice of drinks
  • .Alex
    .AlexFebruary 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    some of the top acts come through here, security getting in can be tough depending on the band
  • Aimee
    AimeeApril 30, 2011
    awesome venue. great sound system. park right outside the building for cheap (by philly standards).
  • Maria
    MariaSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite venue's love it being big and spacious!! Best place for live show!!
  • LEQ
    LEQAugust 29, 2014
    Don't go here unless you REALLY want to see whoever is playing. Sound is OK but popular shows oversold to the point you can barely get in. Have fun with the $5 bottled water to stave off passing out.
  • ʍɐɥs
    ʍɐɥsOctober 29, 2014
    I've seen so many great shows here... The sound is fantastic inside.
  • Jacob F.
    Jacob FordOctober 31, 2011
    There are often people giving out free extra tickets before concerts. Check it out before hitting up the box office.
  • Johnathan J.
    Johnathan JohnsonMay 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I love working with the in-house crew! Thank you very much for the opportunity!
  • LIVE
    LIVEMarch 26, 2013
    See you Thursday June 20th 2013 for the Summerland Tour featuring LIVE, Everclear, Filter & Sponge! For more info and to RSVP visit http://bit.ly/LIVEPhiladelphiaPA Read more
  • Diana Z.
    Diana ZhouMarch 21, 2010
    This isn't the most acoustic venue and it's populated with teenie boppers, but still it's got a cool vibe. Make sure you bring CASH. They don't take credit.
  • Staci
    StaciNovember 29, 2012
    Hey dicks-they are not going to let you backstage without a pass so stop trying and stay in the spot you are at. Also, backstage is not the bathroom so stop trying that one, too! Idiots!
  • jaz
    jazNovember 8, 2012
    Standing room only concert venue... Everything inside is cash only
  • Wanderlust
    WanderlustFebruary 6, 2016
    Still one of the best concert venues in Philly, to me.
  • Jason V.
    Jason VanderhornApril 26, 2015
    Love the open floor. Great for dancing.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicDecember 6, 2015
    Acoustics were pretty lackluster. Had a decent view from the balcony railing.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MarieOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The upstairs level is great, you can see everything!
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneSeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    HUGE venue! Sit upstairs at the bar. Pregame before you go: the bar prices are absurd.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle McGillMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Park in calowhill and it's free after 6 it's literally an extra 25 yards from the parking lot
  • Sam G.
    Sam GallagherDecember 26, 2011
    The only smaller venue in that area with plenty of standing room AND seating.
  • Keyth R.
    Keyth RApril 15, 2013
    Either get here early or late but not on time if you're not trying to stand in line.
  • Calvin L.
    Calvin LawlietSeptember 16, 2010
    Caution to those who sit on the balcony right above the stage: your right ear might be ringing for a while the next day.
  • Amanda I.
    Amanda InderbitzenAugust 30, 2010
    Sit on the second floor, by the rail. Close the bar... amazing! Esp for a show like SCISSOR SISTERS! :)
  • T E.
    T EMarch 27, 2011
    Sky deck is awesome. If you have passes then you don't have to get there really early.
  • Olivia B.
    Olivia BinczewskiNovember 28, 2011
    Good shows with great friends, and a lot of alcohol most of the time.
  • Julzington
    JulzingtonSeptember 30, 2010
    By far one of the coolest venues in the city to check out a show. If you ever have the chance, check it out!!!
  • ryan m.
    ryan melnickMarch 30, 2012
    I think I love that one waitress, you know, the healthy one.
  • vitaminwater®
    vitaminwater®September 28, 2011
    mac miller rocks the stage 9/28 - chmunches uncapped interview from the roots picnic http://ow.ly/1xNvMh
  • Captain Hempbeard
    Captain HempbeardMarch 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my all time favorite Philly venues.
  • Robbie R.
    Robbie RodriguezNovember 11, 2015
    venue was sick, and security was awesome and kept annoying people from cutting
  • Jay L.
    Jay LopatineMarch 24, 2011
    great place get there early amd enjoy
  • Todd 1.
    Todd 1August 16, 2013
    Not my favorite venue in Philly. The ceilings are to high not good for sound quality.
  • Ralphie A.
    Ralphie AversaJuly 17, 2012
    Park a block down and make sure they leave the lot open late night.
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LeahyAugust 16, 2011
    Fun place for concerts. Thank God I'm 21 so I can go up to the bar and relax.
  • Michael N.
    Michael NguyenAugust 4, 2012
    Cash only bar. $4.50 charge for ATM on second level.
  • Atul M.
    Atul MogheMay 9, 2015
    Nice Venue.. I'm happy I got a seat
  • Jessica
    JessicaSeptember 28, 2010
    B-52s are playing this Friday October 1st with Philly's own GANG and Robert Drake of Sex Dwarf. Your audience is a must. ROCK LOBSTER!! Read more
  • Neil G.
    Neil GruberAugust 2, 2014
    No re-entry to event. Once you're in, you're in. #sillyrules
  • Annie
    AnnieOctober 16, 2013
    Hadn't been here in 4 years, and it's still the dumbest venue in the city. Bad location, cash only, $4.50 surcharge on their ATMs. Go see a show at UT instead.
  • thor p.
    thor pitmanAugust 26, 2013
    Great place to see live bands
  • Jay G.
    Jay GaletteAugust 24, 2010
    Consume anything illegal before you go in and not in the bathroom. The staff here will shake you down and then blackmail you for cash.
  • Matthew O.
    Matthew OechsnerMarch 11, 2012
    Great place to score some rock harder on stage than than your music does dome
  • Cait M.
    Cait ManleyApril 27, 2011
    Park anywhere around the venue for free. Just don't park in the parking lot.
  • Dana W.
    Dana WMarch 10, 2013
    A small place and not the best venue to see a concert. Couldn't hear the words to any of the bands songs. Heard "thump, thump" the whole time. Never coming here again. Go to TLA for concerts.
  • Mii K.
    Mii KiiSeptember 30, 2014
    Pack a small fortune to be able to drink here.
  • Herb D.
    Herb DoddsDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Great drink specials every night
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintJanuary 15, 2015
    Great stage and sound!
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffNovember 10, 2015
    Not the best sound quality. Check out the Fillmore.
  • Tracey N.
    Tracey NSeptember 19, 2011
    Huge venue. Great views of the band.
  • Tammi K.
    Tammi KimOctober 14, 2013
    The upstairs bar (21+) has plenty of barstools.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethMay 3, 2011
    Don't listen to the pushy guys who tell you to turn left before you get to the real parking lot.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CurioneApril 9, 2011
    Great venue but the lack of a coatcheck is disheartening.
  • Desiree G.
    Desiree GueryAugust 3, 2013
    Parking is a scam! The signs say $10 but they charge $25!!!!! Lots of angry people!
  • not m.
    not meDecember 20, 2011
    don't stand near the bar on the lower level. the sound is horrible there.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MackJuly 14, 2010
    Shake it. Don't break it. (Remember that it took your mama nine months to make it.)
  • Paige W.
    Paige WaenkeJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place! Awesome pits yo
  • Reilly
    ReillySeptember 10, 2011
    one of my favorite places to see shows
  • David D.
    David DieselMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    NERO WILL BE HERE SOON ON THE 30TH I WANNA SAY BUT LOOK INTO IT!!
  • Paolo D.
    Paolo DebelliniJune 30, 2012
    Great free sauna here
  • Brittany N.
    Brittany NicholeMay 31, 2013
    Worst place ever for wheelchairs. They don't accommodate at all. Not ADA approved even though they state they are. Plus its full of teenie boppers
  • Michele A.
    Michele AlexisJune 21, 2013
    Excellent venue
  • Hassan M.
    Hassan MalikDecember 2, 2016
    Love the atmosphere
  • Jason G.
    Jason GinsbergAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The greatest music venue that there is
  • Lee T.
    Lee TobeyMarch 20, 2010
    Try the rail on the upper level stairs if u are desperate for something to lean on
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LockmanDecember 14, 2009
    Arrive early and grab a stool on the balcony right above the stage. Read more
  • Erika D.
    Erika DunhamNovember 30, 2012
    Cash only!
  • Jessica
    JessicaSeptember 27, 2010
    Check out B-52s with Philly's own GANG on Friday 10/1... I'm whipping up our first Foursquare special now!! Read more
  • Blu R.
    Blu RichOctober 14, 2012
    Amazing NAS killed it!!
  • Area E.
    Area EventMarch 25, 2012
    @areaevent bringing events to Philly Read more
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BoyerApril 27, 2011
    I saw Jesse Lacey wear army pants and flip-flops so I wore army pants and flip-flops.
  • Jen K.
    Jen KnightFebruary 3, 2014
    This place is awesome.
  • Kristena P.
    Kristena PriceSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing shows
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CotugnoJuly 20, 2013
    Not my favorite Philly venue, but you go where the show is...
  • Jessica
    JessicaOctober 5, 2010
    Ratatat is playing on 10/6 with Dom and Bobby Birdman... dance party!! Read more
  • Chris D.
    Chris DonahueOctober 4, 2010
    Security is insane. Make sure your drugs are already consumed. NEVER DO THEM IN THE BATHROOM. They will get you
  • Rusty B.
    Rusty BawzMay 5, 2011
    05/10/2011 @DeftonesBand! #DeftonesAfterParty next door @ JD Mcgillicuddy's
  • Michael B.
    Michael BeresfordSeptember 27, 2009
    arrive early to get seats in the balcony bar area.
  • Lauren :.
    Lauren :DDecember 11, 2009
    HUGE venue. get there early!
  • Margaret
    MargaretOctober 21, 2010
    Lifehouse and Kris Allen = Awesome!!!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithDecember 10, 2011
    GET THE LED OUT, BROTHER!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMarch 27, 2013
    Not a total "shocker:" this four-decades-old live music hall occupies an actual former electric factory.
  • Nathen M.
    Nathen McVittieJuly 29, 2011
    All Time Low
  • Jason A.
    Jason AbramsOctober 23, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    This Sunday Oct. 28 Deftones
  • Eleni T.
    Eleni TavantzisJune 23, 2010
    Lionshead is cheap and does the trick
  • Scott H.
    Scott HayesNovember 28, 2010
    Try the pocorn!!
  • Eric R.
    Eric ReppertApril 27, 2011
    Glad here's no scene queens, bye
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