Starting Tomorrow: $17 tickets for the Electric Factory’s 17th anniversary

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Some 17 years ago this month, a new incarnation of legendary Philly rock hall The Electric Factory opened at 7th and Callowhill, introducing a new generation of Philly live music fans to the experience of seeing a band in a midlevel standing-room-only venue. Spaces this size have a cool vibe – large enough to feel like a big rock show, small enough to allow fans to get up close, giving the all-important feeling of concert intimacy. If memory serves, The Electric Factory opened on October 18, 1995 with a performance by Sonic Youth, Dirty Three and Bardo Pond. This was what folks nowadays like to call a “soft opening” – the big headlines and buzz were centered around Bruce Springsteen’s appearance in the room the following night.

With 17 years of rock under their belt (and pop, and hiphop, dance music), the folks at the Factory are celebrating this month with a special ticket offer. Starting tomorrow at noon, and running for the next 17 days, a limited number of $17 tickets will be available for all shows on their calendar. This includes some pretty sweet gigs, like Cat Power’s October 25 appearance, Nas and Lauryn Hill on November 7 and The Gaslight Anthem with Philly’s own The Menzingers on November 27.

In addition, tickets purchased at the cash-only box office come with a commemorative Electric Factory t-shirt and no service charge. You can find complete show listings at the venue’s website.

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  • Pat

    Is there a promo code for this or will it just allow you to purchase the tickets for $17 at noon?

    • John Vettese

      I’ve seen a few other folks ask about this as well, Pat. What you read in the post is pretty much the info as the venue gave it to us…I’ll sniff around, see what I can find out and post an update if I have one tomorrow.

      • Pat

        Thanks John.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jen.flip Jen Flip

          on the ticketmaster website, it says under onsale/dates/times that the 17th anniv promo was yesterday 10/9 10am -10pm….. i will be pretty bummed if that was true..there’s at least 5 shows i’d def go to… i will check back at noon

          • John Vettese

            Jen and Pat – According to the folks at the Electric Factory, there was a presale promo yesterday. That’s what you saw, Jen, and the promo code thing you might have encountered, Pat. They said that, at noon today, the code will go away and you’ll be able to buy tickets online for $17.

          • Pat

            Nice. Thanks

          • kmuneca

            Has anyone been able to by tix online for $17? I’m not able to so not sure if I’m doing something wrong or if you just have to go to the box office now to get that discounted price.

  • http://twitter.com/youngbbyspinach Gregory Taffer

    “Starting Tomorrow: The Electric Factory Charges The Going Rate To See Shitty, Overexposed Bands”