Sales & Marketing

Bruce Springsteen was top live draw in 2016

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were the highest-grossing musical act of 2016 according to year-end data released by Pollstar magazine.

‘The Boss’ generated $268.3m in sales on 2.4 million tickets. The average ticket price for Bruce Spingsteen dates was $111.50 according to Pollstar.

Beyoncé finished second at $256.2m worldwide and 2.2 million tickets sold, but was No. 1 in North America with a gross of $169.4m. Coldplay came in third at $241m but sold an industry-leading 2.7 million tickets.

Guns N Roses, Adele, Justin Bieber, Garth Brooks, The Rolling Stones and Celine Dion completed the top 10.

Meanwhile, AEG Facilities accounted for four of the top 10 arenas in terms of ticket sales during 2016 in Pollstar’s survey.

The top arena in the world was once again AEG Facilities’ The O2 in London, while the company’s venues accounted for 47 per cent of all tickets sold in the top 20 arenas throughout 2016. In total, AEG Facilities-venues sold more than 12 million tickets in 2016.

For the 10th consecutive year since opening its doors in 2007, The O2 topped the list with more than 1.5 million tickets sold in 2016. Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York ranked No.2 in the US and No.7 worldwide, while Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena ranked No.4 in the US and No.15 worldwide. Los Angeles’ Staples Center ranked No.7 in the US, tying AEG Facilities to five of the top 10 venues in the country.

“We are proud of AEG Facilities’ rankings in Pollstar’s 2016 year-end report, and again are excited to see our global network of elite venues leading the way in attracting and hosting the world’s greatest events,” said Bob Newman, president of AEG Facilities. “With 27 of our venues ranking in the top 100, it continues to showcase the strength of our global network and growth of our worldwide division.”

Madison Square Garden in New York was second in the poll, with AccorHotels Arena (Paris), Manchester Arena and Arena Ciudad de Mexico completing the top five.