Bowery Presents opening new venue, Racket, in old Highline Ballroom space
Chelsea venue Highline Ballroom, located at 431 West 16th Street, held its last show four years ago, in February of 2019. The space will be reopening as a new venue from AEG Presents company The Bowery Presents, called Racket, early in 2023. Here's more from Bowery Presents founder John Moore and his partner Jim Glancy:
We are excited to welcome Racket to The Bowery Presents family. Racket is very much the sister venue to Music Hall of Williamsburg: a fundamental building block for us in Manhattan, and an important addition to Bowery’s commitment to both artist development and amazing experiences for our fans and partners.
Racket's opening lineup is still TBA for now but expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Full press release below:
– The Bowery Presents, the leading East Coast concert promoter and an
AEG Presents company, announced today the acquisition and opening of Racket, its newest New York
Racket, by name alone, evokes a raucous rock ‘n roll sense of defiance, one inspired by the vibrant New
York music scene that has created so many seismic shifts in popular culture. An upstairs hideaway in a
bustling area of Chelsea, the 650-capacity refreshed general admission venue – located across the street
from Chelsea Market at 431 West 16 th Street – will be The Bowery Presents’ most intimate venue in
Manhattan and will serve as an important linchpin in the company’s ecosystem of artist development.
Long synonymous with cutting edge and taste-making live performances, The Bowery Presents has a
well-documented history of working closely with artists as they ascend from intimate venues to sold out
arenas and stadiums.
“We are excited to welcome Racket to The Bowery Presents family. Racket is very much the sister venue
to Music Hall of Williamsburg: a fundamental building block for us in Manhattan, and an important
addition to Bowery’s commitment to both artist development and amazing experiences for our fans and
partners,” said The Bowery Presents founder John Moore and his partner Jim Glancy in a joint statement.
In addition to filling a much-needed gap in terms of capacity and location in the New York live music
scene, Racket will further expand Bowery’s impressive venue ownership and booking footprint across
New York City, joining Music Hall of Williamsburg (650 capacity), Webster Hall (1,350 capacity),
Brooklyn Steel (1,800 capacity), Terminal 5 (3,000 capacity), and Forest Hills Stadium (13,000 capacity).
The company also books and promotes hundreds of concerts in theaters, parks, and arenas in the region.
Like all Bowery venues, Racket will be available for private events.
Racket’s opening lineup will be announced in the coming weeks, and fans are encouraged to follow along
on socials for more details @racketnewyork on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and online at