This should be a hot topic of discussion among music industry in Philadelphia. Two landmark venues go under in the last 2 weeks, AEG claims Electric Factory and Underground Arts …. Feel free to talk amongst yourselves.
AEG Live Acquires Exclusive Booking Agreements with Philadelphia’s Electric Factory and Underground Arts
Bryan Dilworth and Kevin Horn join AEG Philadelphia office
Philadelphia, PA (October 26, 2015) – AEG Live has announced exclusive booking agreements with Philadelphia’s legendary Electric Factory as well as popular indie-scene venue Underground Arts. Both join AEG Live’s roster of area venues which includes the Keswick Theatre, Trocadero Theatre, and The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the 13,000 capacity amphitheater located in the heart of Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.
“The acquisition of booking agreements with the Electric Factory and Underground Arts further solidifies AEG Live’s presence in the Philadelphia region,” said Mark Shulman, Vice President and General Manager of AEG Live Northeast. “Both venues have been integral to the city’s musical legacy, and we look forward to bringing a diversity of talent to their fans.”
“After working together with AEG in our local market on various projects over the last few years, it is our pleasure to be able to expand our relationship,” said Adam Spivak, Managing Partner, of the Electric Factory. “Philadelphia is a top live music market, what better way to increase Philadelphia’s strength then to put Electric Factory and AEG together. Everyone benefits, most importantly the bands we book and the fans who buy our tickets.”
Bryan Dilworth has taken a position as Vice President and will oversee the regional bookings. Kevin Horn has been appointed as Talent Buyer and will oversee club bookings. They join a team which includes industry veterans Jen Corsilli who works in marketing and operations in her role as Regional Marketing Director, Talent Buyer Brian Moore managing bookings at the Keswick Theater as well as other regional venues, and Lauren Squazzo who markets across all venues as Regional Marketing Manager.
The 2,600 capacity Electric Factory opened its doors at its current location in 1995. Originally founded in 1968 at 22nd & Arch Street, the original Electric Factory was one of the building blocks of the Philadelphia music scene featuring performances by legends like The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, and Jefferson Airplane. This year marks the Factory’s 20th anniversary year marked by upcoming sold out performances from Marina & The Diamonds, Chance The Rapper, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, Circa Survive, Underoath, and The Chainsmokers. http://www.electricfactory.info/
The Electric Factory has been host to notable acts such as Foo Fighters, Adele, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande, Metallica, The Black Keys, Ellie Goulding, The Disco Biscuits, Hozier, Bassnectar, Jhene Aiko, Matt & Kim, Kraftwerk and many more.
Opened in 2013, Underground Arts is a 650 capacity general admission club which quickly became one of Philadelphia’s go-to developmental rooms for up & coming performers across all genres of music as well as comedians, poets and more. UA also features a 250 capacity black box theater for a more intimate setting. http://undergroundarts.org/
Underground Arts has been host to notable acts such as Frank Turner, Halsey, Grouplove, Walk The Moon, Banks, Hiatus Kaiyote, ILoveMakonnen, The Lone Bellow, Falling In Reverse, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Chris D’Elia, Todd Barry, Bridget Kelly & more.
About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices, and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Firefly Music Festival, and Big Barrel Country Music Festival. www.aeglive.com