Terminal 5


The Bowery Presents, an independent New York concert-promotion company, today announced Terminal 5 will open in early October and will be the largest midtown venue to open in more than ten years. Terminal 5 will be located at 610 West 56th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, and will provide a new 3,000-capacity midtown music, art and event venue.

The initial lineup for Terminal 5 is as follows:

11: The National
19: M.I.A.
20: Justice
23-24: The Shins with Vetiver

1-2: The Decemberists
23: State Radio with The Beautiful Girls
30 - 12/1: Ween

Terminal 5 will be the newest venue to be managed and operated by The Bowery Presents, which currently manages and operates the Mercury Lounge and the Bowery Ballroom and will open the Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 4.

"Opening Terminal 5 allows us to continue providing better venues for bands and the best live experience for fans," said Michael Swier, a partner in The Bowery Presents. "We've worked with these bands as they've grown, and we're thrilled to be able to provide a larger venue for them to play."

Well, I think Terminal 5 is a better name than Manhattan Music Society - the venue they first *officially* announced in that NY Times article.

JusticeAnd I guess they realized Justice could sell more tickets than people that can fit in teany-tiny Webster Hall. I guess it also explains why they've been weird with the exact details of that CMJ show.

Terminal 5 will now be competing with Hammerstein Ballroom and Roseland Ballroom for shows of that size. Let's just hope it doesn't suck as much (the description sounds better at least). Based on the initial schedule, it definitely looks like we'll (I'll) have a lot of reasons to want to go there. In fact, I think there are more shows already listed above, than either of those competing venues has hosted in a year (side note: why do Hammerstein and Roseland have so few shows a year?).

Let's also hope the concept behind Justice being moved from Webster Hall to Terminal 5 is not a trend. (even though technically we're not supposed to know that happened, so theoretically it didn't). What do you think?

More press release below...

Architect Brian Swier designed the multi-million dollar renovation of Terminal 5, creating a clean, open layout for the 40,000-square-foot multilevel venue. A main floor with the performance space will feature 40' ceilings, unobstructed sightlines, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and a first and second wrap-around mezzanine will provide excellent views to the stage from all areas of the venue. Three bars - one on each level - will provide easy access to refreshments.

Opening a larger venue is a natural progression for The Bowery Presents, which recently promoted Muse and The White Stripes at Madison Square Garden, Daft Punk at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, and The Decemberists at Central Park SummerStage, and will promote a line-up of Fall shows including Interpol at Madison Square Garden, Arcade Fire/LCD Soundsystem at Randall's Island and Bloc Party/Tokyo Police Club at WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. With a capacity of up to 3,000, Terminal 5 will be able to accommodate emerging artists to arena acts.

Jim Glancy and John Moore, partners in The Bowery Presents, will book Terminal 5 along with Randy Henner, who joined the company in April and previously worked at Live Nation. The Bowery Presents has partnered with Fred Seidler of The Fred Seidler Group to book art and other special events at the new venue.

Tickets for The National, M.I.A., Justice, State Radio and Ween will go on sale Friday, August 17 at noon. Tickets for The Shins will go on sale Saturday, August 18 at noon. Tickets can be purchased surcharge-free at the Mercury Lounge box office located at 217 E. Houston Street and beginning September 4 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Additional Terminal 5 shows will be announced in the coming weeks. Please visit www.terminal5nyc.com for schedule updates.

About The Bowery Presents

The Bowery Presents is an independent promotion company based in New York City. With a core business based around great music, its mission is to bring the best bands to the NY metropolitan area and to provide the best concert experience for fans and artists, along with reasonable ticket prices. Over the years The Bowery Presents has worked with a vast cross-section of some of the most talented performing artists, including Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, Bright Eyes, Billy Corgan, Guster, Interpol, John Mayer, Moby, Modest Mouse, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Sonic Youth, The Sea & Cake, The Shins and The White Stripes. Michael Swier and John Moore of The Bowery Presents have presented music at the Mercury Lounge, the Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall over the past 15 years. Jim Glancy, former president of the New York division of Live Nation joined the company as partner in 2006. The Bowery Presents, headquartered on Manhattan's Lower East Side, will open the Music Hall of Williamsburg in September and Terminal 5 in October. For more information, visit www.bowerypresents.com.

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