2023 Concert Market Rankings: No. 5 San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose

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BJORKTASTIC: Icelandic pop princess Bjork brings her eye-popping “Cornucopia” spectacle to Chase Center on the San Francisco waterfront Feb. 8, 2022. (Photo by Santiago Felipe / Getty Images / ABA)

No. 5 San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose

From Clubs To Stadiums, San Francisco Bay Area Has It All

Reported Market Gross $276,405,667
Reported Ticket Sales 3,029,716
Average Ticket Price $91.23

The San Francisco Bay Area, encompassing the City and County of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, dropped a slot to No. 5 in Pollstar’s 2023 Concert Market Rankings from the previous year. Ticket sales and grosses are both way up in 2022; ticket price, however, fell 7% for the year from $97.76 to $91.23.

Still, nearly three times as many tickets moved in 2022 than in 2021, including at clubs and theaters that were largely closed for much of the prior year.

One aspect of the concert year that was especially bright for the Bay Area was the diversity of artists and genres represented by the biggest shows up and down the region’s venue portfolio.

Bad Bunny appeared twice in the market during the reporting period; unsurprisingly, the Puerto Rican superstar topped the field for sold-out local stadium and arena plays: 42,702 tickets for a gross of $10,784,000 at Oakland’s RingCentral Coliseum on Sept. 14, co-promoted by Cardenas Marketing Network and Live Nation; and 17,652 tickets for $7,919,315 gross over two shows March 3-4 at San Jose’s SAP Center, also promoted by Cardenas Marketing Network.

At the amphitheater level, Dead & Company scored the biggest shows of the year, yet surprisingly failed to sell out at 75% capacity, with shows June 13 and 14 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View that sold 33,067 and grossed $3,521,083.

Dance music showed its strength in 2022, demonstrated by a four-show run by Illenium and a host of openers at the 8,500-capacity Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, a co-promote by AEG Presents and Another Planet Entertainment. Those shows sold 31,418 tickets sold for a gross of $1,921,598.

K-pop girl group Loona also made its mark in San Francisco on the club level, selling out 2,075 tickets at a Sean Healy Presents-promoted show at The Midway, grossing $162,625 on Aug. 4.