Dead & Company To Wrap $35.1 Million Summer Run With Festival Stint

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Dead & Company is set to cap its 2018 summer tour through 20 American cities with festival plays for the final two performances. 

The band will headline the 6th annual Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Va., that kicks off on Aug. 23 and also features Umphrey’s McGee and Widespread Panic among others. The festival, which has primarily showcased jam bands and improvisational music since its inaugural run in 2013, has given the group the headlining slot on the last two nights of the four-day event – Aug. 25 and 26.

Dead & Company launched its summer tour on May 30 in Boston with a string of outdoor amphitheaters booked through mid-July. Four stadium dates were also added, including two-show runs at both Citi Field in New York City and Folsom Field on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder. The University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium in Eugene and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles both hosted the tour for a single night.

The overall number of sold tickets during the tour’s opening six-week span reached 495,124 from 24 concerts in 19 markets. The combined gross currently totals $35.1 million for the Live Nation-produced trek.

Folsom Field recorded the highest gross and attendance during the run of the tour prior to the final upcoming festival stint. The stadium logged 62,904 sold seats for shows on July 13 and 14 with sales totaling $5.3 million. The two shows in New York also topped the $5 million mark at the box office based on 59,600 total tickets at Citi Field, the Mets’ home ballpark, on June 15 and 16.

The highest-grossing amphitheater during the summer run was Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wis., with a gross of $2.8 million from concerts on June 22 and 23. The 50,131 sold ticket count this summer tops a previous two-show engagement two years ago by 8,216 seats. In July 2016, the band drew 41,915 fans to the Milwaukee-area venue, grossing just over $2 million.

In 2017 Dead & Company ended the year with the No. 22 ranking on Pollstar’s Year End Top 200 North American Tours. The band moved 613,025 total tickets last year and grossed $51.8 million from 33 reported concerts.