Asian pop phenomenon BTS have been named ‘Global Ticket of the Year 2018 in a Ticketmaster poll.

The K-pop boy band, who recently became the first Korean act to surpass one billion streams on Apple Music, finished just ahead of Ed Sheeran and Pinkpop after Ticketmaster polled live entertainment fans globally. Rock band Coldplay won the global award in the previous two years.

Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges was named ‘UK Ticket of the Year 2018’ for his live show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro. Bridges becomes the first comedian to scoop the award, with rock bands Guns N’ Roses and Coldplay taking top spot in the last two years.

Bridges said: “Thank you to everybody who came out to see me live this year and a very special thank you to those who went as far as voting for me as their favourite show of the year. It’s been a while since the result of a vote has made me happy. You have restored my faith in democracy. Thank you all and see you another time.”

Musical ‘Hamilton’ at the Victoria Palace Theatre, two Ed Sheeran concerts at Wembley and Taylor Swift’s gig at the national stadium completed the UK top five.

Meanwhile P!nk and the Spice Girls have been named as the UK’s top two most anticipated events for 2019. P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma stadium tour kicks off at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, taking in a total of six shows and ending with a two-night run at Wembley.

Right behind is the Spice Girl’s whose tour, announced this month, set Ticketmaster sales records as millions of fans hoped to purchase tickets to the special reunion tour, with well over 700,000 fans in the digital queue at one point.

P!nk said: “It’s been nearly five years since I’ve toured the UK – I can’t wait to get back and party with all of you.”

For the second year in a row in the poll, London continues to be the most popular city for live entertainment in the UK, followed by Glasgow and Manchester.

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