Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Not used to having this much square footage to have total creative reign over, The Districts cover the stage in colorful fabric, Christmas lights and painted mannequin torsos.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

“They haven’t been on the rest of the tour,” Grote explains. “But we wanted to fill out the stage.”

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Lawrence and Grote soundcheck…

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Photo by John Vettese

…while McCann sorts prints and t-shirts at the merch stand…

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Photo by John Vettese

…and the crowd lines up outside.

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Photo by John Vettese

EDM party rockers The Chainsmokers were the last band to play the Factory before The Districts, and there was so much confetti. Here, the Factory crew sweeps of the last remains of it from the floor.

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Photo by John Vettese

Purples loads its gear onstage…

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Photo by John Vettese

…while The Districts gather round tour manager Ryan Farber to finalize the guest list for the night as manager Marley McNamara looks on.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Philly musician Matt Kerr is a close friend of the band, and he’s in a suit and tie tonight because his nonprofit Beyond the Bars has a table set up in the Factory lobby. Here, he pops in the wish his buds well and say thanks – BtB later got a shoutout from the stage during The Districts set.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

John and Kyle have been waiting in line in front of the Electric Factory since 2 p.m. The former has seen the band six times, the latter five times, and both are pumped.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

7 p.m. rolls around, the Factory doors open and the the crowd files in…

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Photo by John Vettese

…taking their places at the foot of the stage, waiting for the show to start.

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