I.M.P. opens the doors at its newest venue, The Anthem, with sold out Foo Fighters show

Cristina Peralta

Oct. 11, 2017

  • One of our longest-running partners demonstrates continued success with opening of fifth venue
  • The Anthem is primed to be a centerpiece of The Wharf, DC’s multibillion-dollar waterfront renovation project

On the eve of its grand opening, all of us at Ticketfly and Eventbrite extend our warmest congratulations to our friends and partners at The Anthem and its parent company, I.M.P.

Just blocks from the National Mall, The Anthem will have its first official show on October 12, featuring legendary hometown and international heroes Foo Fighters. The $60 million venue was built from scratch from the ground up for music. Its adjustable configuration will host 2,500 – 6,000 people per show and has unique design touches like a swimming pool overhead, and Super Excellent™ Seats, which are precisely angled to face the stage at the perfect position for optimal viewing and sound. With full arena production and rigging capabilities, internationally touring artists such as Bob Dylan, The Killers, and Lorde are making stops at The Anthem on upcoming arena tours.

I.M.P. and Ticketfly have a long shared history and have played key roles in each other’s successes. Shortly after the company’s founding in 2008, Ticketfly partnered with I.M.P.’s legendary 9:30 Club—a 1,200 capacity nightclub that is the most attended venue of its size in the world. Just a year later, we partnered again on the 19K-capacity Merriweather Post Pavilion, Ticketfly’s very first reserved seating venue, and first amphitheater client. We also work together on D.C.’s historic Lincoln Theater, which hosts 1,200 fans in both general admission and reserved seating formats, and the Chrysalis at Merriweather Park, a new outdoor stage nestled in the trees that will host 2,000 – 7,000 fans. Over the years, our companies have also become two of the most visible and vocal supporters of the independent live music market.

With its prime location, unique design, and incredible slate of performances, The Anthem is primed to become a centerpiece of The Wharf, a $2 billion, mile-long waterfront neighborhood in Washington, D.C. that will boast brand new residential, retail, restaurant, office, and hotel space along the Potomac River. They’ll be in good company as The Wharf’s other live music venues—Union Stage and Pearl Street Warehouse—are also ticketed by Ticketfly as a part of Eventbrite’s music division.

“For as long as I’ve known Seth, he’s been looking for a venue of this size, and it’s no secret that D.C. has needed a mid-size venue like The Anthem,” said Andrew Dreskin, President of Eventbrite’s music division and former CEO of Ticketfly. “We’re really happy for Seth and the entire crew at I.M.P. that The Anthem is coming to life. I have no doubt this will quickly become the #1 venue of its size in the country—it’s great for the city of Washington, D.C., great for touring artists, and, of course, a great addition to Eventbrite’s music roster. We wish them much success.”

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