New 3,500-capacity music venue to make its debut next spring in Allston-Brighton

"We could not be more excited to welcome in fans next year.”

The exterior of the new music venue, Roadrunner, set to open next spring in Allston-Brighton. The Bowery Presents

As restrictions on entertainment and other aspects of life continue to lift, a new music venue is set to rise to the occasion not long after live music makes its triumphant return.

Roadrunner, with a capacity for 3,500, is set to open next spring at 89 Guest St., next to The Track at New Balance — set to open later this year — within the Boston Landing complex in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood.

The new venue was announced as part of the groundbreaking for the 250,000-square-foot complex at 67-71 Guest St. in 2019. The complex also includes the New Balance headquarters, office space, and other amenities.


The new venue will boast 50,000 square feet and is being touted as the region’s largest general admission venue for indoor live music performances, according to a press release from The Bowery Presents, which manages venues and does concert promotions throughout the region and in neighboring states. In the Greater Boston region, the company owns Royale and The Sinclair, which can hold 1,200 people and 525, respectively.

“The Bowery Presents has always focused on creating and operating venues where both fans and artists alike can have a great experience,” Josh Bhatti, vice president and head of the Boston office of The Bowery Presents, regional partner of AEG Presents, said in the release Wednesday. “From unobstructed sightlines to state-of-the-art sound, plus easy access to bars and restrooms, we’re confident that Roadrunner will join The Sinclair as a beloved concert venue in Greater Boston, delivering on our commitment to keep the music first.”

The venue is borrowing its name from a song by The Modern Lovers, as well as acknowledging its placement next to the new track.

“To us, the song ‘Roadrunner’ so authentically belongs to Massachusetts and this new venue,” Bhatti said. “There’s a reason why it came close to becoming the official state song: it’s transportive while still unifying people. We could not be more excited to welcome in fans next year.”


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