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Australasian venues strong performers in Pollstar’s Mid-Year concert rankings

Australasian venues strong performers in Pollstar’s Mid-Year concert rankings
July 16, 2018

Major venues in Australia and New Zealand have performed strongly in the first half of 2018, with Pollstar’s Mid-Year Touring Report showing a massive rise in ticket sales and attendances for live entertainment.

Qudos Bank Arena has been Australia’s top performing venue with 359,942 ticket sales, putting the Sydney venue as the 11th best performing global venue on Pollstar's Arenas Venues chart. The surge in ticket sales compares with the venue recording 113,437 ticket sales for the first half of 2017.

By comparison, in the first half of 2017, Sydney's ANZ Stadium was the top performing Australasian venue with 150,113 ticket sales.

Driven by Ed Sheeran’s record-setting 18 concerts in Australia and New Zealand in March and April, that sold a record-breaking 1 million tickets, other major acts including Bruno Mars, the Foo Figthers, Roger Waters, Harry Styles, Fall Out Boy, Robbie Williams and Queen + Adam Lambert have drawn in concert goers between January and June this year.

In terms of concert grosses, Australia has followed the global trend of rising ticket prices.

Asia’s only venue to feature was the Mall Of Asia Arena in the Philippines.

Ticket sales at Australasia's top performing venues for the first half of 2018 have been:

Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney - 359,942 ticket sales, 11th on Pollstar's Arenas Venues chart
Etihad Stadium Melbourne - 302,4333 ticket sales, 3rd on Pollstar's Outdoor Stadiums Festival Sites chart
ANZ Stadium, Sydney - 278,688 ticket sales, 5th on Pollstar's Outdoor Stadiums Festival Sites chart
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland - 172,528 ticket sales, 8th on Pollstar's Outdoor Stadiums Festival Sites chart
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne - 149,575 ticket sales, 54th on Pollstar's Arenas Venues chart
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - 142,211 ticket sales, 12th on Pollstar's Outdoor Stadiums Festival Sites chart 
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - 131,597 ticket sales, 13th on Pollstar's Outdoor Stadiums Festival Sites chart 
Brisbane Entertainment Centre - 130,450 ticket sales, 66th on Pollstar's Arenas Venues chart
Spark Arena, Auckland - 117,881 ticket sales, 70th on Pollstar's Arenas Venues chart
Optus Stadium, Perth - 114,031 ticket sales, 15th on Pollstar's Outdoor Stadiums Festival Sites chart 
Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, Sydney - 102,636 ticket sales, 82nd on Pollstar's Arenas Venues chart
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, NSW (home of Bluesfest) - 101,729 ticket sales, 19th on Pollstar's Outdoor Stadiums Festival Sites chart 
Adelaide Oval - 62,915 ticket sales, 31st on Pollstar's Outdoor Stadiums Festival chart
Hisense Arena, Melbourne - 57,516 ticket sales, 128th on Pollstar's Arenas Venues chart
Adelaide Entertainment Centre - 39,350 ticket sales, 168th on Pollstar's Arenas Venues chart
Mall Of Asia Arena Pasay City, Philippines – 36309 tickets sales, 175th on Pollstar's Arenas Venues chart
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne - 33,534 ticket sales, 181st on Pollstar's Arenas Venues chart 

Click here to view Pollstar's Top 200 Arenas

Click here to view Pollstar's Top 50 Outdoor Sites

Image: Bruno Mars at Qudos Bank Arena.

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