It's Official: Denton Gets A Large Concert Hall as 35 Denton Pop-Up Space The Hive Goes Legit.
35 Denton attendees will no doubt recall a certain 12,000-square-foot warehouse located at 221 S. Bell Ave. that was converted into a music venue just for the purposes of the festival.
We're talking, of course, about The Hive, that early March festival's seemingly temporary pop-up space, which faced some sound issues and some fairly steep drink prices, but ultimately ended up serving as the affair's saving grace when Saturday afternoon rains forced all scheduled outdoor performances to find new indoor homes.
Anyway, concert attendees throughout the region have reason again to recall that address today: Though always discussed as a possibility, property owner Joe Northern now confirms that The Hive will become a full-on venue sooner than later — no longer as a pop-up space, but as an all-purpose concert performance hall that will be booked year-round. Northern says he hopes to have the space fully built out, up to code and properly permitted in time for a September launch.
“Basically,” Northern says, “we're in the ramp-up stage of moving along in that plan.”
That plan means some changes will be coming to the previously bare-bones room, says Kyle La Valley, who currently serves as 35 Denton's creative director and who is working with Northern on the development of The Hive. Among the most notable changes, La Valley says, will be a potential rise in the venue's capacity. Whereas The Hive boasted a capacity of almost 1,000 during 35 Denton, La Valley says that number will most likely increase come September, although no numbers have yet been set in stone.
“It's gonna have a little bit of a larger capacity,” she says. “But we have to go get all of the logistics together before we see what the number will be.”
There are, of course, copious other questions that come hand-in-hand with arrival of this news. Who will book the venue? Can Denton sustain a room of 1,000-plus capacity? Where will the shows potentially booked to this space come from? How will its arrival affect smaller rooms in Denton? At this point, however, there are no answers for these queries. Really, any and all details beyond The Hive's confirmed return and its potential capacity increase are rather scant. And they will be for some time, La Valley says.
“It's something that the owners are definitely interested in developing over time,”La Valley says of The Hive. “Right now their main focus is to get the the venue set up.”
La Valley's main focus with her involvement in the space, meanwhile?
“[That] it's not just a Denton venue,” she says. “It's a DFW venue. It's a Texas venue.”
All photos of The Hive taken by Mikel Galicia during Night One of 35 Denton '13.