Category: TOPSTOPS

Live! Roundup: ‘Hella Mega’ Rocks Rangers’ Ballpark

Green Day’s co-headlining “Hella Mega Tour” with Fall Out Boy and Weezer takes No. 1 on Hot Tickets with a gross of $3.2 million from the trek’s opening night performance in Arlington, Texas.

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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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