Not only was I blessed by Troye Sivan’s beautiful show when I saw him in Philly, I was also blessed by the awesome venue I saw him in. From the outside, The Fillmore just looks like an abandoned building, but with a line as long as Troye’s, you know that can’t be true.
The giant line wrapped around the building as well as the gated parking lots beneath the bridges for I-95. Following the line, my friend and I kind of questioned where it was heading because when we looked in the windows, all we could see was an old brick building with nothing inside. Eventually though, we started to see the line shortening as people walked into the box office lobby on the side of the building.
As soon as we stepped through the metal gates into the box office, we were illuminated by their signature “LIVE” sign, similar to the “LOVE” statue from what was once in Love Park. The glowing red sign definitely stood out in front of the brownish brick walls and yellow string lights on the ceiling, and was absolutely beautiful.
The venue proved to be even cooler as we entered the main lobby. Dimly lit with a coat check and merch table off to the right side, a bar straight ahead, doors to the stage to the left, and people walking everywhere.
Everything was kind of hectic; but even with the mess of people, I could still easily spot the rustic and simplistic styled design throughout the room. The now grayish brick walls helped draw attention to the beautiful American flag mural on the giant wall behind the wooden bar. Light bulbs, hung from strings, illuminated the gated eating area surrounding the bar. Even the bathrooms followed the same rustic style as the rest of the lobby. All in all, the venue had already exceeded our expectations and we hadn’t even stepped into the concert hall yet!
It was gorgeous to say the least. Another one of The Fillmore’s signature icons is their “The Fillmore” sign behind the main bar. The wooden sign spells out “The Fillmore” through jutted out pieces of wood. Especially with the purplish light from Troye’s set, the sign looked really cool from certain angles.
Walking on either side of the bar, we were able to enter the pit, or the general admission section. The open floor layout made the room seem huge and there were yet another 2 bars on either side of the room, underneath the balcony. Four giant yet elegant chandeliers hung from the ceiling and further projected the purple light throughout the room. Straight ahead, the huge stage housed Troye’s Blue Neighborhood set, and was easily visible from anywhere in the concert hall.
One of the things I liked the best about The Fillmore was how many seating options it had. People could stand in the pit, sit at the stadium-styled tables facing the stage, sit at the bar seats, or sit in the various places within the balcony. The balcony surrounded the 3 walls around the stage and were set up stadium-style as well. The people in the balcony had a clear view of the stage and most of the pit, as well; it was a little far but the view was still pretty clear. The balcony was definitely the place to go if you just wanted to relax during the concert. You didn’t have to worry about getting squeezed to death or not being able to see over the millions of phones and hands in the air like the people in GA did.
Another thing I really liked about the venue was they let me bring in my camera. My friend and I were constantly moving around during the show trying to take as many pictures as we could. Thankfully, I was able to get pictures from both the pit and the balcony (shoutout to the guy who let us in the balcony to take pictures, you the real og). Because of the fact that I never got too close to the stage, all of the pictures I took were taken with some extent of zoom and so they didn’t end up being the best quality. However, I’m not very upset about it because the concert itself was still amazing.
Thankfully, Troye’s show and set were organized well enough that it didn’t matter where you were in the venue in order to get the full concert experience. You could feel the vibrations of the music and easily see the flashing lights of the houses behind him from anywhere, so it didn’t matter if you moved
If you’re interested in concert photography, I would definitely recommend trying to attend a concert at The Fillmore. If you have a good camera (one without a detachable lens if you don’t have a press pass), you can get some really awesome shots from so many different angles throughout the concert hall! Even if you’re just looking for a fun concert to go to relax and hangout at, The Fillmore is your place. The only tip I will give is make sure to get there early so you can get a good spot close to the stage if you want to get good pictures or videos. Nevertheless, The Fillmore gave me one of the best concert experiences I have ever had, and I can’t wait to go back again!
For more info and upcoming events, check out their website: http://www.thefillmorephilly.com