2023 Concert Market Rankings: No. 3 Los Angeles

Billie Eilish performs onstage during the “Happier Than Ever Tour” at the Kia Forum on April 8, 2022, in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur / Getty Images / Live Nation)

Where Stars Become Superstars

Reported Market Gross | $515,075,052
Reported Ticket Sales | 4,458,618
Average Ticket Price | $115.52

Los Angeles may be in line for a new moniker after this year. Known as the City of Angels, L.A. was more appropriately the City of Stars in 2022 as the biggest names in music shattered box office records, lending credence to the notion that L.A. truly is a mecca for live entertainment.

From sporting events to theme parks, there’s an abundance of activities in Los Angeles, but live music made a case to be No. 1 on the list of things to do in the city with a reported market gross surpassing $515 million.

Some of the hottest tickets this year were at SoFi Stadium, and among the global artists to command the box office was BTS, which played four shows at the venue and raked in $33.3 million. Bad Bunny was even more impressive in October, setting the record for a two-show concert gross by a solo headliner with $31.4 million.

Half a mile away from the stadium is the Kia Forum, where Harry Styles serenaded fans for 12 nights and sold nearly 205,000 tickets. He was the top earner at the arena that also saw standout performances from My Chemical Romance and Daddy Yankee.

In November, the hallowed ground that is Dodger Stadium was the site of Elton John’s final performance in L.A., and two weeks later, the parking lot hosted tens of thousands of fans for the inaugural Besame Mucho Festival that sold out in minutes and featured a variety of Latin artists.

Musicians weren’t the only ones dominating the box office. Comedian Dave Chappelle grossed $9.7 million across four shows at the Hollywood Bowl, and Chelsea Handler earned $343,034 with two shows at the Art Deco-designed theater known as The Wiltern. Adding to L.A.’s diversity of entertainment was Cirque del Soleil’s “Ovo” with a 52-show run that garnered $9.4 million at the Microsoft Theater.

For L.A., 2022 was a momentous year that also indicated a return to normalcy, and 2023 is looking maybe even brighter with Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen and Depeche Mode coming to town.