Category: TOPSTOPS

Crowds Growing, Money Flowing as Recovery of Live Industry Expands

This Hot Tickets features two multimillion-dollar live engagements in North American venues by artists playing to audiences at full capacity.

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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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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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Year End 2020: Arena Top Stop

‘WE HAD TO ADAPT’:  WiZink Center was among the first of the big arenas to return after the novel coronavirus shutdown. (Courtesy venue) WiZink Center: Spanish Steps Madrid arena’s GM talks about little victories in a year when everyone lost When the world shut down in March, Spain was among the countries hit hardest by COVID-19, topping 20,000 deaths in mid-April. The government introduced some of the severest restrictions on public life in all of Europe, including tiered time slots during which only certain age groups were allowed to leave the house.  So how did WiZink Center, in the Spanish capital of Madrid, top the VenuesNow year-end Top Stops for 2020 in the 15,001-30,000 category?  The arena’s situation evolved parallel to the evolution of the pandemic, said the arena’s general manager, Manuel Saucedo. “Spain went through more than 100 days of complete lockdown, so WiZink Center remained completely closed for […]

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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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Midyear 2020: Bright Spots

LIKE A ROCKET, MAN: Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour continued to dazzle when it hit Oceania. (Getty Images) Standout moments before venues went dark Festivals at Mexico City’s 55,000-seat stadium, Foro Sol, scored prominent slots among the 15 Hot Tickets events ranked in the More Than 30,000 Capacity group. Topping the chart with a $12.5 million gross is the 2020 edition of Mexico’s Electric Daisy Carnival, which spanned three days. EDM giants Tiësto, David Guetta, Zedd and Diplo were among the slate of performers for the Feb. 28-March 1 event. The total headcount during the weekend registered 296,982. Another festival at the stadium was Vive Latino (No. 4) with Guns N’ Roses among the mainstage draws and two-day attendance logged at 153,892. Ticket revenue from the March 14-15 fest topped $7.7 million. Elton John, whose “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” trek is the highest-grossing tour of the year so far, […]

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Live! Roundup — New Year’s Shows: Last Hurrahs for Record-Breaking ’19

In a year that included landmark successes like Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” trek, crowned as the all-time highest-grossing tour, along with a few crash-and-burns — here’s looking at you, Woodstock — 2019’s live scene powered its way to a last hurrah with some top concert draws to ring in the new year. With year-end box office numbers reported during the past month, New Year’s Eve events, most of them multiple-show runs, make an impact on the Hot Tickets charts. Standouts in the largest venue category (More Than 15,000 Capacity) include the top grosser, Phish, with its annual New Year’s Eve run at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. With $6.7 million in sales from four performances, the jam band surpassed its personal best in box office earnings for an end-of-year engagement, the ninth staged at the Manhattan arena during the past decade. Dead & Company scores two of the top 10 […]

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2019 Year-End Charts Insights

BTS, shown performing at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Dec. 6, took four spots in the top 15 on the Hot Tickets chart for capacities larger than 30,000. (Getty Images) The color of money: Pink leads the way as 12 touring artists break the $100 million mark in 2019 Pink wrapped her “Beautiful Trauma” tour this fall with a final gross of $384.4 million after a 20-month global run,  the second highest ever by a solo female headliner. Only Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” earned more ($411 million in 2008-09). The grosses from Pink’s 2019 dates land her at No. 1 on Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Tours of the year based on a $215.2 million gross and 1.8 million sold tickets at 68 shows. In other highlights: The Spice Girls were back on tour in 2019 for the first time in 11 years, racking up more than $78 million from 13 […]

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