Pollstar Concert Industry Award Winners
France’s Le Bataclan, the Paris venue that suffered a terrorist attack in 2015, was named International Venue Of The Year; Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena snagged Best New Major Concert Venue; Desert Trip received Major Music Festival honors and Adele took home Major Tour Of The Year.
The concert industry’s movers and shakers gathered at The Novo in Los Angeles for the 28th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. Hosted by Justin Willman, the night’s honorees represented everything from major tours, venues and clubs to booking agents, artist managers, staging, video and promotion. Oh, and networking. Lots and lots of networking. Who knows? Perhaps some of the largest tours of 2018 began with a chance conversation during this year’s awards presentation.
See Also: Poster Contest Winners
Major Tour Of The Year – Adele
Most Creative Stage Production – Beyoncé
Comedy Tour Of The Year – Amy Schumer
Best New Touring Artist – Chris Stapleton
Major Music Festival Of The Year – Desert Trip | Indio, Calif.
Music Festival Of The Year – Life Is Beautiful | Las Vegas, Nev.
International Music Festival Of The Year – Glastonbury Festival | Pilton, England
Nightclub Of The Year – Webster Hall | New York, N.Y.
Theatre Of The Year – Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, Tenn.
Arena Of The Year – Madison Square Garden Arena | New York, N.Y.
Red Rocks Award / Best Small Outdoor Venue – Greek Theatre | Los Angeles, Calif.
Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue – Hollywood Bowl | Los Angeles, Calif.
Best New Major Concert Venue – T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas, Nev.
International Venue Of The Year – Le Bataclan | Paris, France
Boris Allin / Universal Music France via AP – Sting
Le Bataclan, Paris, France
Facility Executive Of The Year – Lee Zeidman | Staples Center – Los Angeles, Calif.
Nightclub Talent Buyer Of The Year – Sonia Grover | First Avenue, 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis
Talent Buyer Of The Year – Brian O’Connell, Live Nation Nashville
Bill Graham Award / Promoter Of The Year – Gregg Perloff | Another Planet Entertainment
International Promoter Of The Year – Barrie Marshall | Marshall Arts
Third Coast Agent Of The Year – Jonathan Levine | Paradigm Artists
Bobby Brooks Award / Agent Of The Year – Sam Hunt | The Windish Agency
Independent Booking Agency Of The Year – High Road Touring
Booking Agency Of The Year – Creative Artists Agency
UK Booking Agent Of The Year – Emma Banks | Creative Artists Agency UK
Personal Manager Of The Year – Chris Woltman | Twenty One Pilots
Road Warrior Of The Year – Dale “Opie” Skjerseth | AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses
John Davisson – Guns N’ Roses
Axl Rose belts out a song from his chair while Slash delivers the goods at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.
Lighting Company Of The Year – Upstaging
Sound Company Of The Year – Clair Global
Staging / Equipment Company Of The Year – All Access Staging & Productions
Transportation Company Of The Year – Rock-It Cargo
Video Company Of The Year – Moo TV