Q3 YTD Business

As we close the books on Q3 it seems the 2012 concert industry is looking much like last year.  

Business is not spectacular but, for those promoters and artist reps who moderated their risks, it appears like it will be another solid year.

Global tickets sold for the Top 100 Tours hit 37.2 million through Q3 which is nearly identical to last year’s 37.1 million.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are the global ticket sales leaders with more than 2 million sold and 20 arena shows left on the itinerary.  Coldplay is in the final stages of its most successful tour ever with nearly 1.7 million tickets sold and five more huge stadium dates in Australia and New Zealand to go.  

Top 100 Worldwide Tours

Top 100 Promoters

Top 100 Club Venues

Top 100 Theatre Venues

Top 200 Arena Venues

Top 100 Amphitheatre Venues

Top 100 Outdoor Stadiums/Festival Sites


Roger Waters, who is done for the year, finished third with 1.68 million tickets sold.  Madonna is fourth with 1.3 million tickets sold but she has 40 more dates before the end of the year and could end up challenging the Boss for the year’s top slot.

Live Nation reported nearly 18.2 million tickets sold around the globe which is up substantially from 14.4 million at the same time last year.  We believe that much of that increase is because more shows are getting reported rather than an increase in the volume of shows.  This was very evident in the Top 100 Amphitheatres chart, a market segment that Live Nation dominates, where total sales hit 8.9 million, an increase of 2 million tickets over a year ago.

AEG Live is in second position among promoters with nearly 6.7 million tickets.  That is down from last year’s 9.6 million when the company had the Bon JoviTaylor Swift, and Katy Perry tours to bolster its volume.
The Top 100 Promoters reported a combined 61.8 million tickets sold which is essentially flat compared to 61.2 million a year ago.  The Top 100 Nightclubs showed a 2 percent increase with 5.2 million tickets, while the Top 100 Theatres posted a 9.7 percent ncrease to 11.3 million tickets.
The Top 100 Arenas saw a 5 percent drop to 20.3 million tickets but we expect that gap to narrow given the high profile arena tours still out on the road.  Given the increases in Pollstar‘s global reporting network, the Top Arenas chart for Q3 has expanded to 200 positions as it will be when we issue the full year report.  It’s not too late for any promoter or venue to report their missing shows in time to be included in our comprehensive 2012 Year End Special Edition.

See Also: Ticket Sales Charts Archive