The Anthem (music venue)


The Anthem is a music venue and auditorium in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The venue opened on October 12, 2017, with a performance opened by The Struts and headlined by the Foo Fighters.[1][2] The Anthem is part of The Wharf, a comprehensive redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront area.

The Anthem
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The Anthem stage on October 16, 2017, before Phoenix's performance.
Address901 Wharf Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
United States
Coordinates38°52′48″N 77°01′34″W / 38.8801°N 77.0260°W / 38.8801; -77.0260
Public transitWashington Metro
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TypeMusic venue, auditorium
Genre(s)Entertainment, convention center
Seating typeGA: Standing Room and Reserved Balcony Seating or Full Theatre Seating
Capacity2,500 – 6,000 (variable) / Fully seated 2,300 – 3,200
OpenedOctober 12, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-10-12)
Construction cost$60 million (US)

The 57,000-square-foot venue, which cost $60 million (USD), has a movable stage and backdrop that allows capacity to vary from 2,500 to 6,000.[3][1] Balconies are closer to the stage than most venues.[3] The venue is operated by I.M.P., which manages Washington's 9:30 Club and Lincoln Theatre as well as Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion.[1] The Anthem also hosts conventions.[4]


In its first few months of operation, the venue hosted musical acts including Lorde, Meek Mill, The National, The War on Drugs, Greensky Bluegrass, GRiZ, Phoenix, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, The Killers, Tegan and Sara, Erykah Badu, Bob Dylan, Judas Priest, Noel Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age, David Byrne, LCD Soundsystem, Pentatonix, Fantasia Barrino, Thievery Corporation, Phil Lesh, and Little Big Town.

Jack White filmed Jack White: Kneeling At The Anthem D.C., his first concert film as a solo artist, at The Anthem on May 30, 2018. It was released exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on September 21, 2018, with an accompanying live EP on Amazon Music.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Gensler, Andy (January 24, 2017). "9:30 Club's I.M.P. Announces New $60 Mil. Washington D.C. Venue: The Anthem". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 11, 2017. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Greenberg, Rudi (June 12, 2017). "Foo Fighters to play first concert at The Anthem, new D.C. venue from 9:30 Club's owners". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on September 23, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sisario, Ben (2017-08-06). "In a Corporate Concert World, an Indie Thrives in Washington". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2017-08-07. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  4. ^ "The Anthem". The Wharf DC. Archived from the original on 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]

External linksEdit

  • Official site