CONGRATULATIONS POLLSTAR’S 2022 IMPACT INTERNATIONAL EUROPE HONOREES
Here before you are 21 of the year’s top European live industry executives who under extraordinary circumstances moved this business forward and, in many cases, reached unprecedented heights of success.
To say this year’s slate of promoters, agents, managers, bookers, live industry advocates and others had their hands full would be a vast understatement. To say these innovators found ways to thrive despite unprecedented challenges would be more accurate, but still doesn’t paint a complete picture. How about ramping up their businesses amidst a malignant stew of rampant inflation, labor shortages, exorbitant energy prices, an abhorrent war, supply chain hold-ups, extreme weather, a surfeit of tours, political instability, a thankfully dwindling pandemic and weary consumers?
Yet, with their leadership and strategic vision, this industry is being built back better with new purpose, greater innovation, more efficiency and a renewed focus on sustainability and inclusivity as never seen before. To look at the Top 25 Highest Grossing European Shows (see page 22) is to see an industry exploding at its highest echelons.
Comprised entirely of eight-figure grosses, the list is topped by the indefatigable Ed Sheeran, who topped the survey with a $38.4 million gross from five
Wembley Stadium shows, which was co-promoted by this week’s cover subject FKP’s Folkert Koopmans (see page 42). The No. 2 and No. 3 entries, Garth Brooks and Coldplay, hit $28.6 million and $28 million, respectively, with multiple plays at Dublin’s Croke Park and Paris’ Stade de France.
There is still, undoubtedly, many challenges facing every level of this industry (see Leadoff page 10), and there are certainly more ahead; but what this slate of Impact International honorees have accomplished bodes exceedingly well for our future. Join us then in congratulating these impressive honorees for their invaluable contributions to this industry.
VENUESNOW 2022 IMPACT: INTERNATIONAL UK / EURO HONOREES
Brian Kabatznick, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Facilities | OVG International
Jolanda Jansen, Director | Rotterdam Ahoy
Ludvig Andersson, Baillie Walsh and Svana Gisla | ABBA Voyage
Andrew Parsons, Managing Director | Ticketmaster UK
Beverley Whitrick, COO | Music Venue Trust
John Rhodes, Director of Sports + Entertainment | HOK
Dirk Lauenstein, CEO | Stageco Germany
Marie Lindqvist, Senior Vice President, Operations, Europe | ASM Global
Stefan Löcher, CEO | ARENA Management GmbH (Lanxess Arena)
Jim Griffiths, Director of Acoustics and AV | Vanguardia
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