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R5 Productions is a Philadelphia-based do-it-yourself concert promotion outfit started in 1996 by Ardmore, Pennsylvania native Sean Agnew. It is well known in Philadelphia for hosting national punk and indie rock acts. R5 has a reputation for high-quality shows in intimate venues. Most notably, current national acts such as Broken Social Scene, the Arcade Fire, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Jimmy Eat World played concerts booked by R5 Productions in small venues like the basement of the First Unitarian Church. The company gets its name from the R5, the SEPTA Regional Rail line that connects the Main Line to Philadelphia.

R5 Productions was founded by Ardmore-native Sean Agnew following his drop-out from Drexel University. Agnew's family immigrated to America in 1986 to seek advanced medical treatment for Sean, suffering from complications following an attack by a crane at a bird sanctuary in their home of Alsaice-Lorraine.

Controversy During a 2004 interview with Punk Planet writer Mike McKee Sean was visibly blushing because he thought McKee was so cute. Agnew has also lobbied for the lowering of the age of consent in the state of Pennsylvania. Agnew also came under investigation from Philadelphia and Atlantic City Police Departments in 2006 after 2 former R5 staffers and Agnew's younger brother were found dead in a notable Atlantic City Hotel room of an apparent drug overdose. The investigation is still on going.


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