First Look: New North Loop Music Venue, Fillmore Minneapolis

Photos of the new Live Nation concert space, expected to open in early 2020
Fillmore Minneapolis hard hats

Photos by Reed Fischer

In early 2020, Minneapolis is set to add a new major music venue. On Thursday morning, Live Nation opened its doors to press for a hard-hat tour of the Fillmore Minneapolis. The 1,850-capacity club is tucked next to the Target Field Station’s Caribou Coffee location.

Following a playlist of Minnesota musicians pumped through the sound system, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Live Nation’s Ron Bension spoke about the venue, which is expected to feature a Prince homage exhibit. Live Nation currently operates Fillmores in eight other markets.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaking to media at Fillmore Minneapolis

It’s hard to say what this place will actually be like yet. There are walls and concrete, but a lot of work still needs to be done to fill out the high-ceiling performance space with a wraparound balcony and 48-inch-high stage. Since most of the music venues in the Twin Cities we know and love had past lives as bus stations, movie theaters, shoe stores, and sporting venues, expectations are high for a structure expressly built to host live music.

A balcony view at the Fillmore Minneapolis
This is where Trax Burgers and Bar will stand right next to the main performance space

Quick facts:

  • It’s a 36,000-square-foot space, and it’s slated to open in February of 2020
  • Concerts will be announced in October 2019. Bension estimated that the Fillmore will host 200-250 events per year, and about 175 concerts.
  • Also part of the development: Trax Burgers & Bar and Element by Westin hotel
  • Former Sue McLean & Associates talent buyer Tamsen Preston will book shows for the venue. Preston oversaw booking of the 2019 Basilica Block Party for Live Nation.
A concept drawing of the Fillmore Minneapolis in the North Loop

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