Electric Factory

Music Venue and Concert Hall
North Philadelphia, Philadelphia
  • Joe S.
    "If you're upstairs get a spot by the railing early."(5 Tips)
    "Still one of the best concert venues in Philly, to me."(3 Tips)
    Lauren :.
    "HUGE venue."(3 Tips)
    Elizabeth L.
    "Arrive early and grab a stool on the balcony right above the stage."(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!
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • Bridget W.
    Bridget Welsh1 week ago
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • - 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
  • .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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • ʍɐɥs
    ʍɐɥsOctober 29, 2014
    I've seen so many great shows here... The sound is fantastic inside.
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • Wanderlust
    WanderlustFebruary 6
    Still one of the best concert venues in Philly, to me.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicDecember 6, 2015
    Acoustics were pretty lackluster. Had a decent view from the balcony railing.
  • Jason V.
    Jason VanderhornApril 26, 2015
    Love the open floor. Great for dancing.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Robbie R.
    Robbie RodriguezNovember 11, 2015
    venue was sick, and security was awesome and kept annoying people from cutting
  • jaz
    jazNovember 8, 2012
    Standing room only concert venue... Everything inside is cash only
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MarieOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The upstairs level is great, you can see everything!
  • Sam G.
    Sam GallagherDecember 26, 2011
    The only smaller venue in that area with plenty of standing room AND seating.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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! :)
  • Atul M.
    Atul MogheMay 9, 2015
    Nice Venue.. I'm happy I got a seat
  • Captain Hempbeard
    Captain HempbeardMarch 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my all time favorite Philly venues.
  • Todd 1.
    Todd 1August 16, 2013
    Not my favorite venue in Philly. The ceilings are to high not good for sound quality.
  • 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.
  • vitaminwater®
    vitaminwater®September 28, 2011
    mac miller rocks the stage 9/28 - chmunches uncapped interview from the roots picnic http://ow.ly/1xNvMh
  • Neil G.
    Neil GruberAugust 2, 2014
    No re-entry to event. Once you're in, you're in. #sillyrules
  • ryan m.
    ryan melnickMarch 30, 2012
    I think I love that one waitress, you know, the healthy one.
  • 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.
  • Ralphie A.
    Ralphie AversaJuly 17, 2012
    Park a block down and make sure they leave the lot open late night.
  • 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!!!
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