Category: TOPSTOPS

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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2019 Year in Review

YEAR-END TOP STOPS BY CAPACITY More Than 30,000: Foro Sol, Mexico City 15,001-30,000: Madison Square Garden, New York 10,001-15,000: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland 5,001-10,000: Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City 2,001-5,000: Fox Theatre, Atlanta 2,000 or Less: Teatro Renault, São Paulo YEAR-END TOP STOPS (NORTH AMERICA ONLY) YEAR-END HOT TICKETS Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest scores in first year Year-End Charts insights from VenuesNow Box Office Liaison Bob Allen    THE YEAR IN REVIEW 2019 Chase Center opens, industry giants combine and a couple of old venues reemerge In a year when the news often came flying at us faster than we could process it, the headlines in live entertainment were just as saturated with boldface names, huge deals and major announcements. From the opening and groundbreaking on major West Coast venues to the unveiling of New York’s long-in-the-works Hudson Yards, Major League Soccer’s expansion and the Woodstock 50 debacle, […]

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Venues of the Decade

TOP STOPS OF THE DECADE BY CAPACITY (click for charts) More Than 30,000: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. 15,001-30,000: The O2 London 10,001-15,000: 3Arena, Dublin 5,001-10,000: Radio City Music Hall, New York 2,001-5,000: Fox Theatre, Atlanta 2,000 or Less: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C. THE TOP 20 OF THE 2010s  (click for chart) Comeback of the Millennium The heart of live entertainment in London, The O2, beats inside a building once written off as a colossal failure London’s O2 arena stands at the pinnacle of live entertainment venues, which is no small feat considering the remarkable history behind it.  The 20,000-seat facility, owned and operated by AEG, is a content machine, fueled by the need for a modern, full-scale arena and the insatiable appetite for live music in a world-class market. The arena recently sold its 25 millionth ticket and has played host to more than 2,000 events since it opened midway […]

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Q3 2019: Stones and Spice

The Spice Girls, performing at Ireland’s Croke Park in May, grossed more than $78 million in a tour of eight stadiums. (Getty Images) And the grosses look nice, as old faves and a couple of newer faces rule through Q3  Heading up the list of top-grossing concerts ranked on Hot Tickets is San Francisco’s annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, held this year at Golden Gate Park on the second weekend of August. This year’s three-day festival took in $29.6 million from 205,500 purchased tickets, setting a box office record in gross revenue for the Bay Area event. The 2015 edition of the festival, however, still stands as the one with the most sold tickets at 212,024. • Spice Girls tours are rare, but they make a splash when they happen. Take this year’s tour, which grossed more than $78 million from almost 700,000 sold tickets at a mere […]

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Midyear Report: Extended Success

Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas  residency took four positions on the 5,001-10,000 chart with two productions, “Enigma” and “Jazz & Piano.” (Getty Images) Multiday runs from stars and festivals dominate charts for early 2019 — here are some highlights  BTS charts on Hot Tickets with three stadiums, all with concert grosses topping the $10 million mark from two-show engagements. The top box-office counts were logged at the Rose Bowl, where the South Korean boy band drew 113,040 fans over both nights. Sales revenue at the Pasadena, Calif., stadium hit $16.5 million from sellouts on May 4 and 5. • Heading up the 15,001-30,000 category is the Bud Light Music Festival, a three-night event at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena leading up to Super Bowl LIII, which was played Feb. 3 at nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The music fest featured appearances by Cardi B, Aerosmith, Ludacris and others and produced a combined gross of $11.3 […]

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