Live Music

2023 in review – December

Taylor Swift’s a record-breaker

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour was confirmed as the highest-grossing music tour ever by the Guinness Book of World Records just before the year’s end. The tour became the first to surpass $1bn in revenue as it broke a record set by Elton John earlier in the year, according to the famous almanack that celebrates milestones. With roughly 72,000 people in attendance at each concert, and tickets averaging around $238, the tour is grossing over $17m per show!

New TEG role for Cameron Hoy

Cameron Hoy was celebrating a promotion just ahead of the festive break as he was named TEG’s chief operating officer and head of global ticketing. The former Ticketek managing director will be responsible for oversight of a number of divisions across the business, including TEG’s data science, analytics and digital divisions, product and technology in addition to leading TEG’s global ticketing operations.

Coldplay’s warm gesture

British rock band Coldplay ended the year by announcing the kind gift of discounted tickets around the world for their 2024 Music Of The Spheres World Tour dates. The Infinity Tickets cost the equivalent of £20 / $20 / €20 each and must be brought in pairs. The band said the tickets are randomly allocated anywhere in the venue – from the back row to the floor to the best seat in the house.

DEAG enters Spanish market 

DEAG is saying ‘Viva Espana’ at the end of 2023 as it announced its entry into the Spanish live music market. Its new Barcelona-based Get Rock Live subsidiary has been set up in collaboration with promoter Pierre Sabbag, who has brought acts such as Ozzy Osbourne and Kiss to Spain. Sabbag has also worked with leading Spanish rock stars such as Extremoduro and Marea.

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