Terminal 5

Terminal 5 is located on 610 West 56th Street, Manhattan, between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenue.  It is part of the ‘Bowery Presents’ circle of venues, along with Brooklyn Steel...

Terminal 5

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Terminal 5 is located on 610 West 56th Street, Manhattan, between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenue.  It is part of the ‘Bowery Presents’ circle of venues, along with Brooklyn Steel and Music Hall of Williamsburg; from noon to six PM, Monday-Saturday, PlayStation Theater serves as the box office for all four places. It opened on October 11th, 2007 with The National and St. Vincent.  It lies in far west Midtown, less than a block from the Hudson River.

A converted warehouse, Terminal 5 is by far the largest undertaking by Bowery Presents, over twice the capacity of previously run Webster Hall, and almost six times that of the next-largest NYC venue owned by Bowery Presents, Music Hall of Williamsburg.  At three levels, it is also one whole level more than either of those two.  The entrance leads into a long corridor that opens on house-right side of the stage floor.  The stage floor itself is enormous, longer than it is wide, with a similarly large stage area, and a photo pit between the two.  The house-left wing of the first balcony is a reserved area, like in Webster Hall.  Like Webster Hall, a bar is located at the back of the stage floor (with a second soundboard in front of it on the stage floor), but there is also a beer table to your immediate left upon leaving the entrance corridor.  Bars are also located on the two balcony levels, to the house-right.  In May 2009, a rooftop, open-air deck opened, though there is no view of the stage.  There are also fresh empanadas on sale on the first balcony, something that is truly unique.

Terminal 5 is roughly ‘Webster Hall on steroids’: huge enough to hold the biggest of indie-rock acts this side of the Madison Square Garden circle of venues (MSG, Theater at MSG, Radio City Music Hall, and Beacon Theatre), with an amazing sound system, light show, and offering of alcohol.  However, it also features an absolute crush of people throughout the venue: whether on the stage floor, at the main bar, or along the railings of the two balconies, there are people standing in front of you, blocking your way or your vision.  It can seem like any time you want to get somewhere, there are twelve people going the opposite direction, and the only route is a thin, one-person wide (if that) space between people standing.  The view is great if you’re all the way at the front, but there’s no slick way to get there.  The best seats on the first balcony are often reserved for VIP’s (akin to the balcony at Webster Hall), but one can get a surprisingly great view from the second balcony, if you’re close enough, looking down directly on the entire band.  Terminal 5 might get the highest quality acts of any venue in New York City – but that comes with a serious price…



610 West 56th Street (Between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenue)

By Subway:

N, Q & R trains to 57th Street/7th Avenue – walk 4 blocks west on 57th Street, 1 block south on 11th Avenue, turn right on South side of 56th Street
A, B, C, D, 1 & 2 trains to Columbus Circle/59th Street – walk 3 blocks south on 8th Avenue, 3+ blocks west on South side of 56th Street

QRO Coverage:

-Knocked Loose, May 31st, 2024 – live review, photos

-The Darkness, October 18th, 2023 – live review, photos

-Röyksopp, October 1st, 2023 – photos

-Run the Jewels, September 16th, 2023 – photos

-Angèle, May 4th, 2023 – photos

-Smino, with J.I.D, March 4th, 2023 – Smino photos, J.I.D photos

-Foals, December 16th, 2022 – photos

-Dinosaur Jr, with Guided by Voices and Eugene Mirman, December 3rd, 2022 – Dinosaur Jr live review, Dinosaur Jr photos, Guided by Voices photos, Eugene Mirman photos

-Pixies, with Sir Chloe, October 5th, 2022 – Pixies live review, Pixies photos, Sir Chloe photos

-The Mars Volta, September 30th, 2022 – photos

-B∆stille, June 7th, 2022 – photos

-Action Bronson, with Earl Sweatshirt and Boldy James & The Alchemist, February 16th, 2022 – Action Bronson photos, Earl Sweatshirt photos, Boldy James & The Alchemist photos

-Aurora, with SHAED and Sean McVerry, November 14th, 2021 – Aurora photos, SHAED photos, Sean McVerry photos

-Thundercat, November 5th, 2021 – photos

-IDLES, October 15th, 2021 – photos

-Chelsea Cutler, March 3rd, 2020 – photos

-Matt & Kim, November 24th, 2019 – live review, photos

-Snow Patrol, April 30th, 2019 – photos

-Hippo Campus, October 19th, 2018 – photos

-BØRNS, with Charlotte Cardin and Mikky Ekko, February 16th, 2018 – BØRNS photos, Charlotte Cardin photos, Mikky Ekko photos

-Matoma, with Elephante and Youngr, February 10th, 2018 – Matoma photos, Elephante photos, Youngr photos

-Elbow, November 2nd, 2017 – photos

-Kasabian, September 14th, 2017 – photos

-Little Dragon, August 29th, 2017 – photos

-Midnight Oil, August 21st, 2017 – live review, photos

-Bonobo, April 28th, 2017 – photos

-The New Pornographers, April 26th, 2017 – live review, photos

-Richard Ashcroft, March 27, 2017 – photos

-Run the Jewels, February 26th, 2017 – photos

-Japandroids, with Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers, February 23rd, 2017 – Japandroids live review, Japandroids photos, Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers photos

-Wyclef Jean & Friends, February 4th, 2017 – photos

-AFI, February 3rd, 2017 – photos

-ONE OK ROCK, with CRUISR, January 15th, 2017 – ONE OK ROCK photos, CRUISR photos

-Thievery Corporation, with City of the Sun, December 9th, 2016 – Thievery Corporation photos, City of the Sun photos

-MØ, Grace Mitchell, December 3rd, 2016 – MØ photos, Grace Mitchell photos

-Jim James, with Twin Limb, November 20th, 2016 – Jim James photos, Twin Limb photos

-The Pretty Reckless, with Holy White Hounds and Them Evils, November 16th, 2016 – The Pretty Reckless photos, Holy White Hounds photos, Them Evils photos

-Daughter, with Vancouver Sleep Clinic, November 1st, 2016 – Daughter photos, Vancouver Sleep Clinic photos

-Cypress Hill, with Naughty By Nature, October 28th, 2016 – Cypress Hill photos, Naughty By Nature photos

-Local Natives, October 26th, 2016 – photos

-Catfish & The Bottlemen, October 18th, 2016 – photos

-The Head and The Heart, October 16th, 2016 – photos

-Christine & The Queens, October 10th, 2016 – photos

-Blood Orange, October 1st, 2016 – photos

-Glass Animals, September 28th, 2016 – photos

-The Kills, September 23rd, 2016 – photos

-Lush, with Tamaryn, September 14th, 2016 – Lush photos, Tamaryn photos

-The Last Shadow Puppets, August 2nd, 2016 – photos

-BØRNS, with Coast Modern and Beau, May 25th, 2016 – BØRNS photos, Coast Modern photos, Beau photos

-X Ambassadors, with Robert Delong and Sara Hartman, May 13th, 2016 – X Ambassadors photos, Robert Delong photos, Sara Hartman photos

-Frightened Rabbit, with Caveman – Frightened Rabbit live review, Frightened Rabbit photos, Caveman photos

-Andrew Bird, with Boogarins, April 10th, 2016 – Andrew Bird photos, Boogarins photos

-MUTEMATH, with Paper Route, March 23rd, 2016 – MUTEMATH photos, Paper Route photos

-Best Coast, with Wavves and Cherry Glazerr, February 18th, 2016 – Best Coast photos, Wavves photos, Cherry Glazerr photos

-G-Eazy, with A$AP Ferg and Marc E Bassy, January 25th, 2016 – G-Eazy photos, A$AP Ferg photos, Marc E Bassy photos

-Foals, with Circa Waves, December 18th, 2015 – Foals photos, Circa Waves photos

-Sleater-Kinney, December 13th, 2015 – photos

-The Arcs, with Mariachi Flor de Toloache, December 9th, 2015 – The Arcs photos, Mariachi Flor de Toloache photos

-Paul van Dyk, November 27th, 2015 – photos

-The Wombats, with Royal Teeth, November 24th, 2015 – The Wombats photos, Royal Teeth photos

-Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness, with New Politics, The Griswolds, and LOLO, November 18th, 2015 – Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness photos, New Politics photos, The Griswolds photos, LOLO photos

-MisterWives, November 6th, 2015 – photos

-Gary Clark Jr., with Black Pistol Fire, October 30th, 2015 – Gary Clark Jr. photos, Black Pistol Fire photos

-Catfish & The Bottlemen, with Jamie N Commons, October 14th, 2015 (CMJ) – Catfish & The Bottlemen photos, Jamie N Commons photos

-FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks), with The Intelligence, October 6th, 2015 – FFS photos, The Intelligence photos

-Twin Shadow, with Wild Belle, October 1st, 2015 – Twin Shadow photos, Wild Belle photos

-Ghost, with Purson, September 27th, 2015 – Ghost photos, Purson photos

-The Jesus & Mary Chain, September 24th, 2015 – photos

-Years & Years, with Echosmith, September 16th, 2015 – Years & Years photos, Echosmith photos

-NEEDTOBREATHE, with Switchfoot and Drew Holcomb, August 10th, 2015 – NEEDTOBREATHE photos, Switchfoot photos, Drew Holcomb photos

-Jamie xx, August 8th, 2015 – photos

-Todd Terje, July 21st, 2015 – photos

-Hannah Cohen, June 12th, 2015 – photos

-TV On the Radio, with Bo Ningen, May 21st, 2015 – TV On the Radio photos, Bo Ningen photos

-Matt & Kim, with WATERS, May 15th, 2015 – Matt & Kim live review, Matt & Kim photos, WATERS photos

-Kodaline, April 24th, 2015 – photos

-Walk the Moon, with The Griswolds, April 15th, 2015 – Walk the Moon photos, The Griswolds photos

-OK Go, April 11th, 2015 – photos

-Bleachers, with Joywave and Night Terrors of 1927, April 9th, 2015 – Bleachers photos, Joywave photos, Night Terrors of 1927 photos

-Cold War Kids, with Elliot Moss, March 20th, 2015 – Cold War Kids photos, Elliot Moss photos

-London Grammar, with Until the Ribbon Breaks, January 28th, 2015 – London Grammar photos, Until the Ribbon Breaks photos, Until the Ribbon Breaks pre-show photos

-Gogol Bordello, with Ana Tijoux and Man Man, January 2nd, 2015 – Gogol Bordello live review, Gogol Bordello photos, Ana Tijoux photos, Man Man photos

-Interpol, November 24th, 2014 – photos

-St. Lucia, November 19th, 2014 – photos

-Lake Street Dive, with Parker Millsap, November 15th, 2014 – Lake Street Dive photos, Parker Millsap photos

-FKA Twigs, with Boots, November 8th, 2014 – FKA Twigs photos, Boots photos

-Jenny Lewis, with Girlpool, November 5th, 2014 – Jenny Lewis photos, Girlpool photos

-Bombay Bicycle Club, with Milo Greene and Luxley, October 22nd, 2014 (CMJ) – Bombay Bicycle Club photos, Milo Greene photos, Luxley photos

-Allen Stone, with Bad Rabbits and Roméo Testa, October 9th, 2014 – Allen Stone photos, Bad Rabbits photos, Roméo Testa photos

-Kasabian, September 27th, 2014 – photos

-Twenty One Pilots, with MisterWives and Vinyl Theatre, September 25th, 2014 – Twenty One Pilots photos, MisterWives photos, Vinyl Theatre photos

-Lily Allen, September 23rd, 2014 – photos

-Paolo Nutini, September 22nd, 2014 – photos

-Stromae, September 20th, 2014 – photos

-Little Dragon, with Lawrence Rothman, June 21st, 2014 – Little Dragon photos, Lawrence Rothman photos

-Ingrid Michaelson, with Storyman and Sugar & The Hi-Lows, May 29th, 2014 – Ingrid Michaelson photos, Storyman photos, Sugar & The Hi-Lows photos

-Manchester Orchestra, with Balance & Composure and Kevin Devine, May 22nd, 2014 – Manchester Orchestra photos, Balance and Composure photos, Kevin Devine photos

-Cage the Elephant, with Foals, May 6th, 2014 – Cage the Elephant photos,Foals photos

-Pet Shop Boys, April 26th, 2014 – photos

-Pat Green, April 19th, 2014 – photos

-Grouplove, with MS MR and Alex Winston, March 26th, 2014 – Grouplove live review, Grouplove photos, MS MR photos, Alex Winston photos

-Dr. Dog, with Saint Rich, January 25th, 2014 – Dr. Dog photos, Saint Rich photos

-Lotus, November 30th, 2013 – photos

-GRiZ, November 15th, 2013 – photos

-Kate Nash, November 9th, 2013 – photos

-Holy Ghost!, October 31st, 2013 – live review

-Toro y Moi, with The Sea and Cake, October 23rd, 2013 – The Sea and Cake live review, Toro y Moi photos, The Sea and Cake photos

-Placebo, October 15th, 2013 (CMJ) – CMJ coverage, photos

-Bonobo, October 12th, 2013 – live review, photos

-Ra Ra Riot, with Caveman and Cayucas, October 9th, 2013 – live review, Ra Ra Riot photos, Caveman photos, Cayucas photos

-Zeds Dead, with RJD2, October 5th, 2013 – live review

-The Flaming Lips, with Tame Impala, October 2nd, 2013 – The Flaming Lips photos, Tame Impala photos

-Tame Impala, October 1st, 2013 – photos

-Walk the Moon, with Magic Man, September 20th, 2013 – Walk the Moon photos, Magic Man photos

-STRFKR, with Com Truise and Small Black, September 7th, 2013 – STRFKR photos, Com Truise photos, Small Black photos

-OMD, with Diamond Rings, July 17th, 2013 – OMD photos, Diamond Rings photos

-James Blake, May 9th, 2013 – photos

-Frightened Rabbit, with Wintersleep, April 4th, 2013 – Frightened Rabbit photos, Wintersleep photos

-alt-J, with Hundred Waters, March 24th, 2013 – alt-J photos, Hundred Waters photos

-Garbage, with IO ECHO, March 22nd, 2013 – IO ECHO live review

-The Lumineers, with Y La Bamba, February 1st, 2013 – The Lumineers photos, Y La Bamba photos

-The Vaccines, with DIIV, January 31st, 2013 – The Vaccines photos, DIIV photos, San Cisco photos

-Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, December 31st, 2012 – photos

-Sleigh Bells, with Grizzly Bear, The Antlers, and Cults, December 14th, 2012 (4 Artists 1 Cause) – Sleigh Bells photos, Grizzly Bear photos, The Antlers photos, Cults photos

-Trust soundchecking, December 7th, 2012 – photos

-Animal Collective, with Highlife, December 6th, 2012 – Animal Collective live review, Animal Collective photos, Highlife photos

-Taking Back Sunday (playing Tell All Your Friends), November 24th, 2012 – live review, photos

-Of Monsters and Men, November 20th, 2012 – photos

-Matt & Kim, with Oberhofer, November 15th, 2012 – Matt & Kim photos, Oberhofer photos

-Grouplove, with MS MR, November 2nd, 2012 – Grouplove live review, Grouplove photos, MS MR photos

-Alanis Morissette, October 22nd, 2012 – photos

-The Darkness, October 21st, 2012 – photos

-The Walkmen, with Dum Dum Girls and Daughter, October 18th, 2012 (CMJ) – The Walkmen photos, Dum Dum Girls photos, Daughter photos

-Silversun Pickups, with Cloud Nothings and Atlas Genius, October 15th, 2012 – Silversun Pickups photos, Cloud Nothings photos, Atlas Genius photos

-Bloc Party, with The Drums, August 8th, 2012 – Bloc Party photos, The Drums photos

-Scissor Sisters, with Rye Rye, July 6th, 2012 – live review, Scissor Sisters photos, Rye Rye photos

-The Hives, June 22nd, 2012 – live review, photos

-fun., with Now, Now, June 16th, 2012 – live review, fun. photos, Now, Now photos

-The Cult, with Against Me!, June 8th, 2012 – The Cult photos, Against Me! photos

-Ingrid Michaelson, with Scars on 45, May 17th, 2012 – Ingrid Michaelson photos, Scars on 45 photos

-The Joy Formidable, with A Place To Bury Strangers and Violens, March 28th, 2012 – Violens live review, The Joy Formidable photos, A Place To Bury Strangers photos, Violens photos

-Justice, March 16th, 2012 – photos

-Porter Robinson, with AraabMUZIK and Bassjackers, January 20th, 2012 – Porter Robinson photos, AraabMUZIK photos, Bassjackers photos

-Friendly Fires, with Theophilus London, October 26th, 2011 – live review, Friendly Fires photos, Theophilus London photos

-Iron & Wine, with Low, October 12th, 2011 – Iron & Wine photos, Low photos

-Ladytron, with VHS or beta, October 8th, 2011 – VHS or Beta live review, Ladytron photos, VHS or Beta photos

-Digitalism, with Switch and Designer Drugs, August 20th, 2011 – Digitalism photos, Switch photos, Designer Drugs photos

-The Kills, with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and A Place To Bury Strangers, August 8th, 2011 – The Kills live review, The Kills photos, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart photos, A Place To Bury Strangers photos

-White Lies, with School of Seven Bells and Sun Airway, May 19th, 2011 – White Lies live review, White Lies photos, School of Seven Bells photos, Sun Airway photos

-Manchester Orchestra, with Cage the Elephant and O’Brother, May 11th, 2011 – Manchester Orchestra photos, Cage the Elephant photos, O’Brother photos

-Interpol, with Blonde Redhead, May 8th, 2011 – Interpol photos, Blonde Redhead photos

-Foals, with Freelance Whales and The Naked & Famous, May 4th, 2011 – Foals photos, Freelance Whales photos, The Naked & Famous photos

-My Chemical Romance, with Neon Trees and The Architects, April 23rd, 2011 – My Chemical Romance photos, Neon Trees photos, The Architects photos

-PJ Harvey, April 19th, 2011 – photos

-Cut Copy, with Holy Ghost!, April 2nd, 2011 – Cut Copy photos, Holy Ghost! photos

-LCD Soundsystem, March 30th, 2011 – LCD Soundsystem photos

-Blondes, with Fake Blood, Destructo, and Skream & Benga, March 19th, 2011 (HARD Weekend) – Blondes photos, Fake Blood photos, Destructo photos, Skream & Benga photos

-OMD, with Oh Land, March 8th, 2011 – OMD live review, OMD photos, Oh Land photos

-Tokyo Police Club, with Two Door Cinema Club and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, January 21st, 2011 – Tokyo Police Club photos, Two Door Cinema Club photos, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin photos

-Broken Social Scene, January 18th, 2011 – live review

-The New Pornographers, with Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, December 6th, 2010 – The New Pornographers live review, The New Pornographers photos, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists photos

-Kate Nash, November 19th, 2010 – live review, photos

-OK Go, October 29th, 2010 – live review, photos

-Jimmy Eat World, with We Were Promised Jetpacks, October 13th, 2010 – Jimmy Eat World photos, We Were Promised Jetpacks photos

-of Montreal, with Janelle Monáe, September 18th, 2010 – live review, of Montreal photos, Janelle Monáe photos

-The Smashing Pumpkins, with Kill Hannah, Bad City and The Jim Jones Revue, July 26th, 2010 (SPIN25) – live review, The Smashing Pumpkins photos, Kill Hannah photos, Bad City photos, The Jim Jones Revue photos

-Pretty Lights, with RJD2 and Chiddy Bang, June 4th, 2010 – Pretty Lights photos, RJD2 photos, Chiddy Bang photos

-Jonsi, with Death Vessel, May 9th, 2010 – Jonsi photos, Death Vessel photos

-Hot Chip, with The xx, April 22nd, 2010 – Hot Chip photos, The xx photos

-Florence & The Machine, with Holy Hail, April 9th, 2010 – Florence & The Machine photos, Holy Hail photos

-Editors, with The Antlers and The Dig, February 19th, 2010 – The Dig live review, Editors photos, The Antlers photos, The Dig photos

-Passion Pit, with The Joy Formidable and Arms, January 9th, 2010 – The Joy Formidable live review, Passion Pit photos, The Joy Formidable photos, Arms photos

-The Bravery, October 8th, 2009 – photos

-Battles, with !!!, Flying Lotus and Pivot, September 4th, 2009 (Warp20 celebration) – live review, Battles photos, !!! photos, Flying Lotus photos, Pivot photos

-Metric, with Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains and Smile Smile, June 17th, 2009 – Metric live review, Metric photos, Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains photos, Smile Smile photos

-Santigold, with Amanda Blank and Trouble Andrew, June 9th, 2009 – Santigold photos, Amanda Blank photos, Trouble Andrew photos

-Doves, with Wild Light, June 4th, 2009 – Wild Light live review, Doves photos, Wild Light photos

-Cold War Kids, with Amazing Baby, April 3rd, 2009 – Amazing Baby live review, Cold War Kids photos, Amazing Baby photos

-The Black Keys, with Heartless Bastards and Lucero, February 7th, 2009 – Heartless Bastards live review, The Black Keys photos, Heartless Bastards photos, Lucero photos

-Ben Folds, with Missy Higgins, October 1, 2008 – Ben Folds photos, Missy Higgins photos

-Stars, September 20th, 2008 – live review, photos

-The Dandy Warhols, with Darker My Love, September 17th, 2008 – The Dandy Warhols photos, Darker My Love photos

-The Faint, August 18th, 2008 – photos

-Wolf Parade, with Wintersleep, August 1st, 2008 – Wolf Parade live review, Wolf Parade photos, Wintersleep photos

-She & Him, July 26th, 2008 – photos

-Hot Water Music, July 12th, 2008 – photos

-Rilo Kiley, with Thao Nguyen & The Get Down Stay Down and Benji Hughes, June 3rd, 2008 – Rilo Kiley photos, Thao Nguyen & The Get Down Stay Down photos, Benji Hughes photos

-Spoon, with Handsome Furs, April 9th, 2008 – Spoon photos, Handsome Furs photos

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