“We’re not at all disappointed,” says Carp. “Everything has been very positive.
The Factory plans to present 20 to 30 shows this year. In 2022, the place is expected to present more than 100 shows.
Other shows will be added in July and August. As artist tour times return to normal in the fall, more dates will be added to the schedule.
The capacity is flexible from 1,500 to 3,000, and the venue can be arranged in different configurations according to the needs of the show.
Facilities include seven bars, six toilets, smoking terraces, phone charging stations, a large lobby with seating and free parking.
Original paintings by Saint-Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc adorn the entrances to the factory. The pieces depict the musical history of the St. Louis area – Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Jeff Tweedy. An art installation by Steven Derks can be found in the lobby.
“It’s all about comfort,” says Carp. “We’re so passionate about making the experience great for everyone involved, from the fan experience to the group experience. They are just as important. We appreciate people’s decision to spend money here. We want the fans to come back and the artists to come back.
The team behind the factory includes the Staenberg Group, Sustaita Architects, Keystone Construction, Debbie Steamer of O’Toole Design, Logic Systems (lights, sound) and Contemporary Productions (reservation).