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. 

– Pollstar Awards
Justin Willman

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