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Terminal 5

Music Venue, Concert Hall, and Rock Club
Hell's Kitchen, New York
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  • Dominic Solange C.
    This venue has the worst sound I have ever heard in all of my life! Even outdoor crappy festivals have better sound than here! Can't believe I drove down from Montreal! But the band was awesome!!!
  • Brian M.
    Great sound system, but the band has to be really loud and extremely captivating of the entire audience to offset the soul-sucking qualities this venue has.
  • Ilissa G.
    Ilissa GilmoreFebruary 11
    Second floor has a nice bar and an ATM; third floor has pretty clean bathrooms with trippy lighting. Get there EARLY, like you're waiting for a flight.
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan ThomasDecember 27, 2015
    The venue hosts big time acts but suffers from some bad sights lines if you aren't on the floor or hanging off the side of one of the levels. The sound is good on some nights. The bathrooms are great.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RaghoobarDecember 20, 2015
    People might complain, but T5 has held some amazing concerts in this 3 floored space. Good views no matter what level you're on. Fun fact: nicest bathrooms I've ever seen in a venue.
  • Sharon T.
    Sharon TsaoNovember 16, 2015
    I love this place! There is lots of space, many bars, and a lot of air above the dance floor. Coat check is a little long though.
  • JT T.
    JT TeranNovember 15, 2015
    Saw Tove Lo here and I was honestly impressed with how nice the venue was in general. There are three levels that overlook the main stage so you can honestly get a great view of the artist everywhere.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseNovember 7, 2015
    Soo far from everything - but attracts some good names. Shows will typically sell out as the date approaches so buy tickets in advance.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 16, 2015
    One of the best music venues in NYC. It gets big time acts but also is General Admission, so you can get right in the middle of the pit or right in front of the stage.
  • Monica C.
    Monica CullenJuly 28, 2015
    The railings fill up quickly on the second and third floors...if you aren't there to see the opener you might have to stand towards the back.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyMay 22, 2015
    If you're here, it's probably because T5 booked a band you really love. So suck it up, arrive early, get a spot on the floor, and enjoy the show, despite the venue smelling like a locker room.
  • Jason
    JasonApril 16, 2015
    The sight lines are really bad, so arrive early to get a view of the stage! Regardless, always a fun time and large crowd
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsJanuary 10, 2015
    Best place to catch a band before they hit the garden or Barclays but overall the venue is just okay. It gets crowded, it's in the middle of nowhere and the sight lines are not great
  • Steve C.
    Steve CarusoDecember 7, 2014
    Such a shame that good artists will agree to play shows here, thus allowing it to remain open. Great place to act like a jerk while touching twelve other people at once. Probably popular with bankers.
  • Fazeela M.
    Fazeela MohammedDecember 4, 2014
    Unless your under 22 the best place to enjoy shows is on the 3rd fl. lounge area near the bar. Your here to enjoy live music. You don't need your eyes for that, people hovering around the rails annoy
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertNovember 6, 2014
    the roof deck bar may be less crowded and more quiet if you want to get a quick drink, chat with friends, or take a smoke break
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertNovember 6, 2014
    if the line for the 2nd floor bathrooms is too long, try the roof deck bathrooms down the other hallway - they may be totally empty
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoOctober 12, 2014
    SECRET: GO TO THE SECOND FLOOR. FIND A TABLE BY THE RAILING. SIT UNDERNEATH TABLE. ENJOY SHOW IN OWN PRIVATE BUBBLE WITH FEET DANGLING AND NO ONE SHOVING YOU TO GET TO THE FRONT. YOU'RE WELCOME.
  • Shruti R.
    Shruti RamaswamySeptember 8, 2014
    Great concert venue! Avoid standing all the way in the back. The amount of people going back and forth, drove me crazy. Acoustics aren't that great but every band plays there!
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen MeganAugust 26, 2014
    Great general admission concert venue. I'm not use to a place like this, more familiar with general admission lawn seats but this setup was awesome.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BreierJuly 16, 2014
    If your idea of a good show is to stand on a 3rd floor balcony and watch it on some flat panel TVs next to 1,100 mental toddlers from Hoboken, you've come to the right place.
  • Da V.
    Da VidOctober 25, 2013
    So, my GF had a thai chicken wrap and a cookie left over from dinner. Security wouldn't let her in with either nor let her give them to a homeless person. Security kept the cookie, tossed the wrap:)
  • Jeri R.
    Jeri ROctober 15, 2013
    Arrive early:on time: wait on long lines. Arrive after doors open and you have to squeeze in behind the back bar. They over sell for sold out shows. Terrible range of view of stage as it is Meh sound
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.May 7, 2013
    Currently here seeing Flying Lotus. Best place to be is on the main floor on the raised bar from the back so you have easy access to brews and you don't get your ears blown out like you're used to.
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie P.February 1, 2013
    Not the best music venue in NYC (by far!) but still an enjoyable place to catch a show, especially if you've got a prime front row spot on the balcony level!
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PetrozzaDecember 16, 2012
    Love shows at terminal 5! Summer shows are the best! They have nice sitting area outside where u can sit, chill and drink. Very spacious!Great venue!
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle McGillNovember 29, 2012
    Very big venue, sound is great at the barricade! Bathrooms have a sagely old gentleman hooking you up with cologne, paper towels, and soaps... Classy!
  • Pam R.
    Pam R.November 29, 2012
    Horrific venue to see music due to the poor acoustics and lack of stage visibility. Getting a drink takes forever and comes with a lot of attitude. Worst venue to see a band in NYC.
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddNovember 27, 2012
    Sometimes bands are competing with the volume of an audience that's just there to talk. Loud shows are better suited here. Also, the special hasn't loaded last couple times I've been here.
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencySeptember 20, 2012
    Huge venue, huge shows. Bars on each floor, beware the makeshift bar on the first floor and go directly to the REAL bar unless you're just ordering a beer. Also beware of craigslist fake tickets!
  • Alcione
    AlcioneJuly 10, 2012
    Great concert venue. The three levels are great, your view is great from anywhere. In summer though, beware the heat gets deadly, despite a blasting AC. Prepare to sweat.
  • kibbe
    kibbeMay 25, 2012
    Sight lines are a little rough here, so make sure if you find a decent spot that you stay there and take turns with a friend to grab drinks, etc.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LewisFebruary 6, 2012
    Great venue. Speakers can really pump the bass and the crowd is energetic. The balconies are great if you don't want to see the act. Get into the crown to really feel it. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupDecember 18, 2011
    This is one of the largest venues for live music in NYC, so it can get quite crowded – think lines galore. The acoustics are ok, but they do get great headliners.
  • NYC P.
    NYC PunkNovember 14, 2011
    This is definitely not one of my fav venues. This is the place for touring acts who pass through. It's a multi leveled space and it usually gets pretty packed when it's a good show.
  • Roc Nation
    Roc NationJune 8, 2011
    Right in Hells Kitchen, be sure to check out their huge stage where every artist plays at one point in his/her career. Security can be tough, but the sound inside the venue is worth it!
  • Rene M.
    Rene MunozApril 30, 2011
    Sound quality really does SUCK! That said, I got to see cold cave open for The Kills! I'm pretty sure the only reason any one plays here is because they can pack lots of bodies in.
  • Jay H.
    Jay HarlowApril 21, 2011
    Unless you show up at doors to get a stage or balcony spot, don't count on seeing a thing. It's crowded, the concrete floor is murder, the sound is awful. T5 isn't a venue, it's a death march. Avoid.
  • Veronique L.
    Veronique LeeApril 1, 2011
    Least favorite venue in NY. If you're more than 30 feet from the stage, you might as well listen from outside because you can't see anything. I only come here to see must see bands, like Dr. Dog.
  • RCRD LBL
    RCRD LBLFebruary 28, 2011
    Originally an old factory, this three story venue hosts some of the biggest indie bands in town. For the best seats in the house, get here early and snag a table on one of the mezz levels--the third f
  • Audrey B.
    Audrey BeermanFebruary 25, 2011
    Great venue, but general admission can be rough anywhere, especially at an all-ages show (aka the city's douchiest high school kids have something to prove - check, please).
  • Gus H.
    Gus HookansonNovember 30, 2010
    When I am at terminal5 I go to the American retro bar and grill. They give me $1 off drafts and cocktails before and aftervthe show. Just show your ticket. Coolness!
  • Donald R.
    Donald RNovember 2, 2010
    Saw Florence + the Machine on 11/1/2110. AMAZING! Get there at least an hour before the doors open if you want to be close to the stage. Also--Cleanest public bathroom I've ever been in.
  • Crissy
    CrissyOctober 11, 2010
    the acoustics truly are terrible. a lot of great people play here but it never sounds as great as it should. can't get a decent beer and the crowd is always full of douche bags.
  • Joey P.
    Joey PedrasOctober 2, 2010
    Tip: If you get there early enough you will very likely have the chance to be front and center. Everyone show that I've seen there I've been in the front.
  • People
    PeopleAugust 23, 2010
    This tri-level venue brings in must-see acts, from Lady Gaga toThe Gossip. Tip: Stake out a spot at the back of the main floor's bar; you'll get perfect views of the stage and easy-access to beer.
  • Will O.
    Will OliverAugust 23, 2010
    One of my least favorite venue's in NYC. They have the unfriendliest security that you will find anywhere. The sound can be hit or miss. Only go if you really REALLY love the band.
  • Celine G.
    Celine GJuly 27, 2010
    Saw NIN, The XX and Hot Chip here. Intimate venue but unless you get there early and grab a good spot close to the stage, you're stuck staring at screens all night long!
  • Chase W.
    Chase WilliamsJuly 8, 2010
    Saw one republic here, one of the best live shows I've ever seen and the acoustics were just fine. I was previously a touring musician and played in hundreds of venues across the us. Great venue
  • Red F.
    Red FraggleApril 29, 2010
    Best place to stand is along the wall facing the stage in front of the bottom floor back bar. Get there early to snag a spot on thr elevated part.
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