Posted in music | pictures | venues on September 23, 2011

words & photos by Colin Kerrigan

Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah

Rumors that Sean Agnew of R5 Productions was planning to open his own venue had been swirling around for a couple years now but were always denied by Mr. Agnew. However, everyone had a sense that it was bound to happen eventually. Earlier this year it was finally confirmed. Agnew/R5 Productions teamed up with NY promoters Bowery Presents and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera of Four Corners Management to open a new Philly venue.

Union Transfer, which was most recently a gigantic Spaghetti Warehouse and was apparently at one time a train depot back in the day, had captured the attention of all the music lovers in the city prior to its opening. Everyone wanted to know what it was like and what the sound was like (R5 boasted that it would be the best sounding venue in the city). On Wednesday night they found out.

The space has very tall ceilings with chandeliers hanging down, both standing and seated balconies (with great sightlines), three different bars each with their own unique atmostphere, plenty of floor space and the sound lived up to expectations.

Even though the venue has had only one show so far but it's safe to say that the venue is one of, if not the best, venue in the city.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Polica played that first show at the the venue (one night after they played Bowery Ballroom in NYC). Here are some pictures from the show. They continue below...

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Comments (42)

Looks like a nice place actually.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:09 PM

*clap* yeah! Looks good!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:10 PM

From the owners of union hall and bell house

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:12 PM

From the makers of union hall and bell house we bring you the next faux rustic barn warehouse dutch concert hall in the old spaghetti warehouse with an unoriginal name.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:15 PM

With uber stylish faux rustic white plastic parking kiosk

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:17 PM

I'm gonna name my band faux rustic

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:19 PM

what should it look like ? people love to criticize but don't have any ideas themselves...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:19 PM

I dunno figure it out

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:20 PM

Satan Said Meh

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:23 PM

I dunno figure it out

> spoken like a true dumbass

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:26 PM

"....in the old spaghetti warehouse with an unoriginal name."

Unoriginal? The place actually used to be an old railroad luggage depot! Unoriginal would be something like "The Spaghetti Concerthouse".

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:40 PM

Its too late, I've already deemed it unoriginal.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:42 PM

wow thats really close to the electric factory

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:42 PM

i see johnny beach.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:49 PM

need sexy naked pix of CYH drummer pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!!

Posted by SoySalami | September 23, 2011 2:54 PM

I was at the Bowery show. All they did was stand there and bald.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 2:59 PM

unoriginal name? actually, it's THE original name of the building when it was a train depot. that's pretty original. booyah

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 3:11 PM

i see johnny beach.

..at the bar no less, who would have thunk it !

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 3:18 PM

Is there anyplace at the venue where you can both drink and view the stage?
philly has some crazy drinking restrictions when it comes to all ages shows.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 3:43 PM

no

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 4:28 PM

Did you look at the picture 3:43?
2:15 you have no idea what you speak of!
R5 Productions>Brooklyn!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 4:33 PM

clap your hands say deep

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 4:36 PM

If you actually look at the PA building department records you will note the building was built 1972 by Spaghetti Warehouse Group LLC

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 4:38 PM

The name is a little dumb, but it's great to have a non-corporate clear channel/live nation mid sized venue in Philly. Really cheap ticket prices too

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 5:08 PM

It's mah bread an buttah

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 5:38 PM

I saw them play at wetlands in 1990. Some people chuckle at them but let me tell ya the proof is in the party.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 6:06 PM

Sounds like a good alternative to T5. (Yes, I'm willing to make a road trip to Philly to see a band I really like in a better venue. I have done it a couple of times before.)

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 7:40 PM

Spaghetti warehouse! There used to be a trolley in the middle of the restaurant you could sit in and eat your spaghetti.

downside, there's a massive soup kitchen next door, so you will have comingling guys with unintentional dreadlocks getting food with guys with intentional dreadlocks seeing Acid Mothers Temple

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 8:11 PM

I hear they par boil the spaghetti. This is an insult to Italians.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 8:39 PM

nitrous mafia are opening up their own venue in philly soon.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 10:43 PM

Philly should stick to cheesesteaks

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 11:22 PM

And sex

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 11:22 PM

One things for sure. Policas mellon is humongoid. Look at that head!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 11:31 PM

Upside: I can imagine I'm in Brooklyn if I go here and pretend

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2011 11:41 PM

Clap Your Hands Say Meh!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2011 12:38 AM

Its a pretty nice venue. But best venue in Philly? Eh I still prefer The Troc, World Cafe Live and Academy of Music. But still better than the shitty electric factory, tla and tower

Posted by gabolidrio | September 24, 2011 11:30 AM

Clap Your Hands and say Brooklyn meh Yeah!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2011 11:30 AM

Definitely ranks up there with the Troc and World Cafe Live.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2011 11:37 AM

There is nothing good about Philly. I've said it a million times.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2011 10:08 AM

Philly sex has always been massively overrated.

Posted by Nikolai F. | September 25, 2011 2:02 PM

Nice and interesting article but if you like games invite you to jocuri online

Posted by miniclip | August 31, 2012 5:11 AM

why do I always miss out.

Posted by tim | August 18, 2013 8:44 PM

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