421 N Seventh St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1912339.958985 -75.150282
Box office open on day of event only
Neighborhoods: North Philadelphia East, North Philadelphia
The Electric Factory is not a bad venue. I been to quite a few shows there. If your not into tight spaces, it may not be for you. The pits can get pretty intense due to it's size and whether or not you wish to pit yourself you feel it none the less. The acoustics of the place can be a little iffy pending on the genre of music you see. Also, you have a high chance of meeting the band, as I've met most of the bands I've seen play there, most on accident. The only problem I have is with the security. I had brought an expensive camera in and was taking pictures along with a few others and one of the security guards smacked my camera with decent force which somehow broke my camera. Their blatant disregard for others personal items angered me.
Queens of the stone age – Was having a great time with my woman enjoying the show in the bar area. Time and again I went to get us drinks and had no problem with the people around me letting me back in, cuz we were all having a great time. then this group of four guys decides 3/4 thru the main event that they are gonna step in and not let me through. between sets I'd try and reason with them to no avail. eventually I gave up trying to get my spot back, and just enjoyed the show. I thought everything was just fine but one of those pricks went and got a bouncer. Said bouncer didnt say a word to me, and sure as anything one of those pricks got me tossed. If I come back to that place I'm gonna make sure to ruin as many peoples nights as I can just to spite the place, so if ur going to see a show there just hope you dont run into me
Electric Factory Endangered my Daughter – My 14 y.o. recently attended a concert at the EF with a group of friends. My daughter started to feel hot and light-headed. Not wanting to bother the responsible adult, she went to the doorway to get some fresh air. A security guard approached her and told her "No Readmittance." MY daughter insisted she never left, and showed the guard her ticket stub. My daughter begged and pleaded, but the guard forced her to leave. My 14 year old daughter was by herself on the sidewalk in Philadelphia until we could get to her. There was absolutely no concern for my daughter's safety at this venue. They endangered her.
I love this place! – This place is great, i've easily been to over 100 shows there. The biggest thing for me is how cool the staff is with the juggalo crowd. I'm going to see ICP tonight there and I can't wait! The electric factory is one of the few venues that lets ICP throw faygo, which is awesome and keeps us cool since there's no AC.. The fact that they have a smoking area and let you get back into the concert is the best thing! I smoke a lot, and most venues won't let you get back in if you go out. Thats a big + in my book! Keep in mind, THERE IS NO AC IN THIS PLACE! It gets really hot, especially at shows with a lot of moshing, dancing, etc. Make sure you drink plenty of water! That and lack of sufficient parking are my 2 biggest complaints. Dealing with security can go either way, it depends on who's working. Some of those guys are really cool and give you a chance to speak or whatever, opposed to the meatheads that just get you in a headlock or full nelson and throw you out. I watched a security guard there headlock a very petite girl for smoking, but another time i saw a security guard jump in between a couple and caught a punch in the jaw that was intended for this dude's girlfriend. Just remember most security guards have jobs like that because they're big and like to push people around, don't screw up and you won't have to worry about it. All i can say about the "all ages" comments from the reviewer below me is this, where are the parents? Do they not know what goes on at most concerts? At juggalo shows you see kids as young as 5, but they're in the back, with their parents, i've never seen any young kids up front. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but then parents need to step up and not ask the electric factory to babysit for them. The bar staff has always been great to me, and i had a great manhattan the last time i was there! The food is ok, but i would eat before you go because it's concert food which really isn't that good anywhere, besides it's Philly, there's some of the best food in the world here! If you have to eat there, i'd go for the pizza or the chicken fingers. My last bit of advice would be more for fellow juggalos, bring a towel and leave it in the car, so when the concert's over you can wipe off any faygo and sweat you get from the crowd. WHOOP! WHOOP MCL! MFL!
All Age Concerts not really for all ages – So I went to the Puddle of Mudd concert yesterday. It was awesome!! Everyone was having such a good time. I expect there to be bumping, hitting, jumping around, dancing, singing along, stepping on toes, moshing at any concert, especially when you're so close together and having a good time. But I do have a problem, not with people drinking, but with those heavily intoxicated who came in that way or had too many to drink there, or were just inconsiderate, obnoxious people who were sober, that decided to start acting like fools, jumping on people, knocking people down, starting fights, blowing chunks a few feet in front of the stage, all which also happened last night. The problem I have is that it was an all ages concert, and there were all ages there. I saw a few who were about 8 or 9 yrs old in front. Now these inconsiderate people, who were actually not teens but in their 20s, were causing people who didn't want to participate in this extreme, to get hurt trying to get away from them, or hurting others by crashing into them at full speed. One woman ended up with a bruised and bloody cheek. Whatever, they're adults, if they enjoy hurting themselves so be it. But they put the kids who were there in jeopardy. And there was no crowd control. If you are going to advertise an all ages event then certain measures should be taken to ensure the safety of all ages there, especially of the younger kids and teens who have every right to be in front and do not want to be involved in the EXTREME activities I mentioned initiated by ADULTS not teens or kids. Most of Red and Puddle of Mudd was spent trying to keep away from the jerks. Props to all of the people, most of them TEENS, who looked out for and protected some of the women and kids that were there. You did what the bouncers/ security are paid to do, but neglected to do. Electric Factory dropped the ball on that one this time. I cannot recommend this as a place to bring any minors. And that's a shame.
Fun and Nice Venue – I went to the Electric Factory to see the Take Action! Tour. The place is very crowded, which adds to the expierence. I did not check out the bar because I am under 21, but it looked nice with good views. The building is pretty cool, it being made from an old warehouse. Acoustics are alright and it does great pretty hot when in the crowd. Food and drinks and merch are easily accessable and are not too overpriced. There is not many security, except to enforce no smoking.
Thanx and praise – The Electric Factory was a good experience. I was at the EF this past weekend for the artist Imogen Heap. This was my first time there and I had no expectations going in. Prior to entering I extinguished my cigarette (Remembering the laws in Philadelphia regarding smoking in public places.) I proceeded through security which was extremely thorough and made my way inside. There is a small entrance area where they were selling non alcoholic drinks, food, and merchandise. Straight ahead the place opens up and you are standing in the Factory. The ceilings are so high up thay get lost in scaffolding and darkness above. There are Two very large screens on the wall ensuring you the ability to see the artist on stage up close even if you are at the back of the room. Upstairs is the 21 and over crowd. I saw two bars and they also provide wait staff allowing you to stay in your seat and have drinks without having to get up. I asked one of the bouncers about the smoking policy. He was extremely polite and helpful. He explained about the laws in philly and that they did not allow reentry and actually apologized for it. Wow usually at other places its just a simple "NO". Impressed by the staff. I noticed too that this was an all ages show. A great venue for parents i suppose if they want to take their teen kids to see a show but wanna keep an eye on em too. The sound system was ok but keep in mind it used to be a factory/warehouse not a concert hall. If you wanna sit and have a great view of the stage from above, go early. Drinks are avg price for Philly and the staff was really helpful. The rest is up to the "Artist" you go to see whether or not the show is good or bad. By the way...the show was Awesome. Great venue Polite staff Safe and secure just enjoy the show!
Venerable '60s concert hall is reborn in Northern Liberties. – In Short
The original Electric Factory opened in February of 1968 at 22nd & Arch Streets, and is looked back upon as one of the East Coast's most influential rock music clubs ever. A new Electric Factory, designed in the free-flowing spirit of the original, opened in a former warehouse at 7th and Willow streets in 1996. It has since played host to everyone from Bowie to the Backstreet Boys.
One of the worse – I've probably seen concerts in a hundred different places. This is on my list of top four worse along with Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA; Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, and the Capital Center in Maryland.
One big reason: I think if you googled the words "Oversold" you'd get this place. I've been to many crowded venues, and this is the worse. They should lower the capacity by 20%. I guess that would make no financial sense. Every inch of the place is packed. The security is the worse. They kick you out for smoking in the roughest way possible. The seach going in is heavier then an airport. The accoustics are awful. And I don't think the place is air-conditioned. I went to a concert there in March once, and I think it had to be 90 degrees in there.
Just okay – I like the Electric Factoy because it's one of the few places where you can still meet most of the bands after the show, but besides that it is not better than anywhere else. Actually, I find it to draw a less fun crowd than most of the other clubs I've been to. And it annoys me that they try to send you home if you bring a camera. I find that thing I enjoy most about concerts is looking at the pictures I took when I was there, and they are one of the very few places that enforce the no camera rule. Why? I do not know. It's just a dumb rule.
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