Category: HOTTICKETS

Midyear 2021: Driving Force

HATS OFF: Jason Mraz’s drive-in performance at the City National Grove of Anaheim helped propel the California venue to No. 1 in the Top Stops 2,000 or Less Capacity category. (Getty Images) Drive-in shows, Down Under concerts power a live scene on the brink of returning  Drive-in theaters or temporary concert sites erected in parking lots remained a staple venue option for live entertainment during the first half of 2021. The City National Grove of Anaheim (California) was early out of the gate with drive-in opportunities for live music fans after the pandemic began. It held its first outdoor drive-in event last summer in July; since then, 27 headliners have performed 52 total concerts in the parking lot. Looking at the tallies for 2021 alone, 14 headliners have played 24 shows there for an overall attendance of 24,744 to land the venue at No. 1 on Top Stops in the 2,000 […]

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Calm Before the Storm: Capacities Still Low, But That’s Ready to Change

Spanish pop singer Vanesa Martín heads up the list of touring artists on July’s Hot Tickets with a two-night engagement at the WiZink Center in Madrid on May 7-8.

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Punching It Up: A Big Bout in Big D

LIVE! ROUNDUP “Boxing Capital of the World” may not stick as the new moniker for Texas, but American Airlines Center in Dallas has hosted only the second boxing event with fans in the U.S. reported during the COVID-19 era. The first, a Premier Boxing Champions Fight Night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, drew a crowd of 9,024 on Oct. 31. The Dallas event, produced by Golden Boy Promotions, earns the No. 1 ranking on Hot Tickets and occurred on Jan. 2 with 4,218 boxing fans in attendance. Ticket revenue topped out at $353,835. In the main event, Ryan Garcia defeated Luke Campbell for the World Boxing Council interim lightweight title. On the other side of the live entertainment spectrum, three orchestral events land on the chart, two of them at Holland Performing Arts Center’s Peter Kiewit Concert Hall in Omaha, Nebraska, and one at Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center […]

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Duos and Dancers: Live Dates in December

LIVE! ROUNDUP Two tours delivered 13 of the 20 highest-grossing concerts and events reported on the final Hot Tickets of 2020. Australian Christian music duo For King & Country hit the chart with eight concerts, and Americana artists Koe Wetzel and Read Southall scored with five. For King & Country’s shows came as part of its “A Drummer Boy” Christmas drive-in tour supporting a holiday-themed album released in late October. It was a continuation of the duo’s post-shutdown touring efforts in U.S. cities, staged primarily in drive-ins since July. With the latest tally of December events, the group’s overall box-office gross jumped to just over $3 million from 47 reported shows since the summer. During the last half of the year, more than 70,000 fans attended For King & Country’s concerts. Wetzel and Southall toured with an acoustic show during their December trek, which included socially distanced performances at venues […]

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Disney ‘Dreams Big’ With Return to Arena Ice

LIVE! ROUNDUP Disney on Ice returned in November with the launch of a new socially distanced and reduced-capacity arena tour of “Dream Big” beginning with an opening run at American Airlines Center in Dallas, No. 1 on Hot Tickets. The arena hosted 13 performances of the production Nov. 6-15 with overall attendance of 31,244, averaging just over 2,400 a show. Event producer Feld Entertainment implemented extra health safety standards that included pod seating for small groups, distance requirements, face coverings and touch-free payment while in the venue. Christian music duo For King & Country hits the chart with nine November shows set primarily in outdoor drive-in environments. The top grosser was a two-show stint Nov. 28 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, ranked third with $178,653 in sales. On the road stateside this year through Dec. 20, the Australian brothers’ tour supports their first Christmas album, “A Drummer Boy […]

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Year End 2020: Charts and Analysis

HEAT CHECK: A security officer checks the temperature of a fan at the Vive Latino festival March 14 at Foro Sol in Mexico City, one of 2020’s highest-grossing events. (Getty Images) Change of Course Promising start to 2020 no match for the pandemic In the early weeks of 2020, live entertainment seemed to be poised for an extraordinary year with first-quarter ticket revenue showing slight increases over the same period a year earlier. Box-office tallies from concerts and live events in 2019 ultimately topped $11 billion globally, so optimism was high with hopes for a record-setting year, perhaps even reaching $12 billion. The onset of the pandemic in March charted a very different course for 2020. At the end of the challenging year, final worldwide gross figures from reported events totaled about $2.5 billion, less than a quarter of what occurred the previous year. YEAR END CHARTS:    HOT TICKETS — […]

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Roll With the Punches: The Alamodome Brings on the Fight

On Halloween night, San Antonio’s Alamodome welcomed boxing fans inside for the first “Fight Night” since the shutdown of live entertainment eight months ago. Four bouts were featured, including the main event with Gervonta Davis facing Leo Santa Cruz for both the World Boxing Association lightweight and super featherweight titles, a rarity in boxing where titles in two weight classes are on the line. Davis was ultimately the winner with a knockout victory in the sixth round. The Premier Boxing Champions event drew a crowd of 9,024 at the stadium, which had instituted social distancing precautions and lowered the number of tickets available for purchase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fights produced a gross of $1,451,475 to earn the No. 1 ranking on this month’s Hot Tickets chart. The event was also made available on Showtime pay-per-view.   Hot Tickets: December 2020  

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Q3 2020: Same As It Ever Was (Sort Of)

RHAPSODIC: Queen + Adam Lambert perform Feb. 13 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. (Getty Images) Charts largely static, but a few shows enter the rankings   2020 Q3 Hot Tickets | 2020 Q3 Top Stops | 2020 Q3 Top Stops North America Analyzing the state of the live entertainment industry for third quarter recaps sounds like an impossible task since the bulk of the live business is either nonexistent or scaled back considerably compared with previous years. But since our analysis is based on shows that occurred from the beginning of the chart year (Nov. 21, 2019) through the end of Q3 (Aug. 19, 2020) and not just during the third-quarter period, we are still able to create our standard Hot Tickets and Top Stops rankings. It does mean that all of the events appearing on the charts happened before the March 15 industry shutdown, because grosses and ticket counts from […]

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