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Frontier Touring ranked top Australian promoter in new Billboard global report
Frontier Touring has been ranked the world’s third biggest selling promoters - and Australia’s top one - in Billboard’s end of the year report.
It grossed over US$245 million from the sale of 2,768,259 tickets across 440 shows between 2nd December 2017 and 17th November 2018.
This follows its ranking seventh in rival Pollstar’s end of year list.
The huge sales came as Frontier came from tours by Paul McCartney, Sam Smith, Foo Fighters, Harry Styles, RNB Fridays Live, David Byrne, Celine Dion and the record-breaking Ed Sheeran.
Frontier Managing Director Michael Gudinski (pictured) says 2019 is already strong, with dates already announced for Bastille, Eagles, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Bryan Ferry, Arctic Monkeys, Norah Jones and Shawn Mendes.
Gudinski said of the achievement “Frontier has gone from strength to strength over the past decade and I’m incredibly proud to see us, as an independent promoter exclusive to Australia and New Zealand, playing in the same space as global promoting giants AEG Presents and Live Nation.
“Frontier’s business model has always been an artist and fan first approach.
“We don’t believe in discounting tickets, we fight passionately on behalf of artists and fans against ticket scalping and we don’t believe in price gouging.”
The Billboard list was topped by Live Nation which grossed US$3.6 billion from 46.5 ticket sales from 625 shows; and AEG with a US$1.45 billion from 245 shows.
Other Australian promoters on the Billboard list’s Top 25 were:
TEG Dainty, 14th, earning US$58.6 million from 638,282 tickets from 125 shows.
Chugg Touring, 16th, US$48.3 million, from 505,468 tickets from 267 shows.
Live Nation’s Australian figures were included in the global company’s figures, without a break down of territory numbers.
26th January 2018 - Record breaking year for global concert business
20th December 2017 - Australian Music Vault opens in Melbourne
18th November 2016 - 2016 Billboard Touring Awards recognises the best of the global concert industry
10th August 2015 - Frontier Touring named the Number One Concert Promoter in the World
27th November 2014 - Michael Gudinski named the most powerful person in Australian music
3rd December 2013 - Michael Gudinski named ‘Industry Icon’ at ARIA Awards
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