Galactic’s Stanton Moore at the Electric Factory in 2014


New York-based promotion company Bowery Presents, which was officially purchased by AEG at the beginning of 2017, has announced its acquiring of Philadelphia’s Electric Factory, along with a temporary new name for the venue—North Seventh—while Bowery finalizes a permanent new name via online crowdsourcing.

Electric Factory venue has played host to countless acts over the years since its opening in 1995 (the original iteration of the venue lasted from 1968 to 1973), including a number of staple jamband acts. The venue has recently been associated most closely with The Disco Biscuits, who played 28 shows there between 1997 and 2015.

As Brooklyn Vegan reports, the name change was forced upon Bowery when Live Nation, who owns the venue’s trademark, refused to let the new owners continue to use the Electric Factory name. The crowdsourced naming contest is currently ongoing until September 30, with the winner receiving tickets to every show at the venue through 2020. Possible names can be submitted here.