Posted in music | venues on February 3, 2010

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Julian Casablancas

This has already come up in the comments, and has been posted on a few other sites. Just to be clear, Pollstar's venue ranking is measured in ticket sales. Terminal 5 sold the third most concert tickets of any "club venue" in the world in 2009. They were beat only by the 9:30 Club in DC and House of Blues in Boston (clubs who have more shows coming up in February than Terminal 5 has total on its schedule total right now). Pollstar writes...

When a New York City club that didn't exist three years ago showed up as No. 3 on the latest Top 100 Worldwide Club Venues, we had to take notice.

That's above names like The Fillmore, The Wiltern and every House of Blues in the country other than the one in Boston. It became a running joke in this office to ask, "What's Terminal 5?"

Of course, plenty of agents, artists and production crews are familiar with the venue by now. The 3,000-capacity facility opened in the New York island of Manhattan in the fall of 2007 and has become the new room for up-and-coming acts.

It is also the "next step" for Bowery Presents, which manages a series of well-known venues in the NYC area - the 250-capacity Mercury Lounge, the 500-capacity Bowery Ballroom, the 600-capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg and the 1,400-capacity Webster Hall.

Nokia Theatre in Times Square is #16 on the list. Starland Ballroom is 18, Irving Plaza 23, Hammerstein Ballroom 28, Webster Hall 30, Music Hall of Williamsburg 35, and Roseland Ballroom 55. Bowery Ballroom is noticeably absent from the list which is reportedly because they don't report to Pollstar.

Speaking of Terminal 5, tickets went on presale today for Sia and The Specials. The full list of 18 upcoming shows is at Ticketmaster (which recently confirmed they'd be merging with Bowery Presents' biggest competitor Live Nation).

The full list of 100 venues (that report to Pollstar), along with some videos, below...

The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldier LIVE - Terminal 5 NYC

6/17 Tegan & Sara - T's Nervous Dating Tics @ Terminal 5

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Comments (63)

A venue can bring in $$$ and sadly it's the only thing taking into consideration and if by worldwide they mean US, Canda, Mexico and the UK...then yea, perfect.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:09 PM

still a shit hole

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:10 PM

Oh come on T5 is not that bad. People just rip on it because its the first stop on your favorite band being in ipod commercials.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:15 PM

stage is too low.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:20 PM

"The 3,000-capacity facility opened in the New York island of Manhattan in the fall of 2007..."

*ON* the island of Manhattan, goddammit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:25 PM

how are Irving, Roseland and Hammerstein on this list at all when they barely hosted any shows in 2009?

I guess times is tough in clubland.

Terminal 5 would make a nice dance club but it's not a place for live music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:28 PM

ter meh nal 5. its a shitty venue because the sound sucks. plain and simple

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:33 PM

irving has a lot of shows compared to the others. Terminal 5 is three when it barely has any shows (less than twice a week on average i would say?) and has a horrible location. wow. hammerstein and roseland, like nokia, are in much more prime locations. makes you wonder why they dont book more shows.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:36 PM

St. James Church-#101

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:38 PM

that cannot be true.
the venue doesn't even have that many shows to begin with. and i can name two dozen european venues that are busier.
sometimes they have just 2 shows in a month...

Posted by anon | February 3, 2010 10:50 PM

sucks that The Specials are playing there.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:53 PM

Hmmm...it's like a list for scalpers to get ideas now that StubHub is nationwide

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:54 PM

that sounds right, t5 hosts pop bands in one of the worst venues in nyc.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 11:00 PM

@10:38 - best comment of the evening.

Posted by vinny | February 3, 2010 11:13 PM

Quality not Quantity

Posted by TXn | February 3, 2010 11:14 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 11:31 PM

The Bowery Ballroom FTW

Posted by Anonymuse | February 3, 2010 11:38 PM

Something seems awry. Way too few venues from Western Europe. In Amsterdam, I can think of two venues, Paradiso and Melkweg, that definitely pack out on a regular basis. Many nights they have a concert then a club event immediately afterward.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 11:48 PM

t5 sounds like ass, always too much reverb

wont go to shows there anymore

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 11:54 PM

This whole club rating is based on data not all venues provide. So those amsterdam venues, if they don't provide the relevant data, aren't even on the radar. So before this post spawns 'What about this venue' comments, realize that there are specific parameters at work here and popularity and ability to sell out aren't necessarily all that's needed to qualify

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 11:56 PM

i dont like terminal 5 because of its location and because it has a long rectangular layout in which the stage is the short side of the rectangle (whereas, if your on the floor, Nokia has the stage as the long side of the rectangle(. so its hard to get a good spot. Really, if the stage was as long as it is in similarly sized venues it would be a much better venue. Hope that geometry made sense.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 12:02 AM

Overpriced, bad location, overly aggressive/surly security (the lines and full body search before entering are absurd), bad sightlines, impossible to get around in, a struggle to get a drink.

An awful, awful, venue. Bowery Presents can choke on their money.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 12:11 AM

Ter-meh-nal 5

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 12:37 AM

Asshole security, awful views and horrible sound. That place is awful.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 12:48 AM

RIP old 9:30.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 1:16 AM

I agree with everyone that it's an awful venue, but bad location?!? Some of you losers need to step out of Brooklyn and Lower East Side for a change and see what else the city has to offer.

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Posted by Clairs | February 4, 2010 3:38 AM

^ Disease-ridden.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 5:19 AM

The location is great because it couldn't be easier to park at! Traffic isn't bad by there either...win in my book!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 7:17 AM

iH8t5.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 9:33 AM

i would rather watch a concert floating in a prison cell toilet while being pissed on by the cast of jersey shore.
never been to a venue with douchier security.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 9:47 AM

I refuse to see another show at T5. It sounds like ass. (Sorry, Sia. I'll catch you another time...)

Posted by Audrey | February 4, 2010 9:49 AM

the only reason it's #3 is b/c of absurd ticket prices for NYC shows compared to other cities around the country....and plus compared to 930 club for example, the capacity at T5 is about 3 times the size.

How would you guys rank these + 3,000 capacity venues in the city?

I would go....

Indoors

1) Radio City
2) United Palace
3) Theatre at MSG
4) Hammerstein
5) MSG
6) Roseland
7) T5

Outdoors

1) Prospect Park
2) Central Park Summerstage
3) Randall's Island

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 10:21 AM

#1 = piss
#2 = shit
#3 = Terminal 5

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 10:41 AM

You people are lame. Just go to the show and enjoy it...at least we don't live in Iowa where they get maybe 10 acts a year! I have been to many place worse than T5!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 11:25 AM

bowery ballroom is the coolest place to see a concert. seated venues really get my goat.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 11:29 AM

You have a goat in the city? You must live in Brooklyn more grass over there!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 11:31 AM

Yes, but who knows for how long?

"somebody gots to get got" - omar little

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 11:53 AM

Keep plucking that chixken, T5!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 12:12 PM

I can't decide whether I hate Terminal 5 or Webster more....both have douchebag security, bad sound, and are oversold. I guess I like Webster because 14 year olds can't get in there.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 12:54 PM

Bobby McFerrin chimes in at 11:25.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 12:56 PM

Sweet...compare me to a Grammy winning, rich artist..I will take it...

"Don't Worry, Be happy!"

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 1:13 PM

^ Don't think, take what you're given...and like it!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 1:19 PM

Yeah, but which venue has better whippets?

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 1:27 PM

t5 is about packing people in & getting high appeal artists. this is totes understandable...

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 2:23 PM

SF best small venues in the country! Fillmore,Warfield, Independent,GAMH. And now Fox in Oaktown.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 2:53 PM


Terminal 5 oversold the third most concert tickets of any "club venue" in the world in 2009.

...as if this was a good thing.

Overcrowding, crap sound, it's a great place to hear your favorite band sound their worst.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 3:29 PM

Not only does the SF Bay have the best music venues indoor and outdoor in the country, the vibe is always chill and there is plenty of weed. Smoke freely!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 3:32 PM

You know what venue I quite liked? The Gramercy Theater. You can stand/you can sit/ the downstairs is nice, and the sound is good. Unfortunately it's a Live Nation venue, and they usually book really crappy bands into it, hence why I've only been in there once...

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 3:38 PM

have to agree that SF has does have really good music venues.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 4:29 PM

anon-3:38-gramercy theatre is really nice because you can sit or stand. always like going to shows there.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 4:30 PM

gramercy is probably the biggest piece of shit venue in nyc.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 4:44 PM

terminal 5 might even beat out bowery because 6 bowery shows (500 capacity) = 1 terminal 5 show (3000 capacity). and terminal 5 shows are generally more expensive since the acts are bigger (bowery has a lot of 15 dollar shows. Terminal 5 has nver had that since it existed)

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 4:59 PM

@4:44 The bands that play the Gramercy are shit (for the most part), but the venue itself is not.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 5:47 PM

"(bowery has a lot of 15 dollar shows. Terminal 5 has nver had that since it existed)"

They've had a couple, like those hardcore ten for ten shows, or the 2008 Plug awards with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds that was ten too. Not that I'm defending them in any way because even with those prices it doesn't justify the place. I hate the venue and the few shows I went to the security hassled me, the sound and the views are the worst.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 12:15 AM

3:38 gramercy is a fun place to go, like the opposite of T5 with good views, space to stand and sit, nice security and staff, no problem getting drinks. they just need good bands to play.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 12:18 AM

I like Town Hall. It's a historic venue and the sound is amazing. I also like venues in Portland.

"I can't decide whether I hate Terminal 5 or Webster more....both have douchebag security, bad sound, and are oversold. I guess I like Webster because 14 year olds can't get in there."

14yr olds are also at Webster, they are just on another floor. Add those Guidos from Jersey shore and I'll go running to T5 anyday.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 12:22 AM

T5 is hands down one of the worst venues in all of the greater NY are. The stage IS too low, the location blows and the security is questionable at best. PLEASE someone burn this place down...

Posted by doobie | February 6, 2010 8:40 PM

T5 is one of the worst venues in the world. Cattle at a slaughterhouse is treated better, and they probably have a better soundsystem too. Never going there again.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2010 1:45 AM

that place sucks ass.

Posted by coldandblank | February 23, 2010 10:59 PM

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 10:28 PM

It actually used to be a dance club in the 90s. Club Exit.

I agree with most, this place is probably the shittiest place to see a band. Highly recommend Nokia Theater over this shithole.

Posted by BattleofNY | February 26, 2010 12:15 AM

Wonderfully site.Thanks to shear.

Posted by dentists | February 28, 2010 9:25 AM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 2:57 PM

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