2023 Concert Market Rankings: No. 8 Dallas-Ft. Worth

IN HIS PLACE: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs onstage during their “Music of the Spheres” tour at Cotton Bowl on May 6, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Kevin Mazur / Getty Images / Atlantic Records

Stadiums to Honky-Tonks, Everything’s Bigger In Texas

Reported Market Gross: $206,799,956
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The Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex is the economic heart of Texas. It’s the largest metropolitan area in not just Texas (sorry, Houston), but the South and ranks as the country’s fourth-largest.

And it just keeps growing: it’s doubled in size in the last 30 years and is typically positioned among the U.S.’s fastest growing areas.

And all those people need Texas-sized entertainment.

From dance halls to stadiums, DFW has venues in every size offering shows of every kind.

DFW did slip a spot in this year’s Concert Market Rankings, though it’s 2021 numbers may have been boosted because Texas was early to lift restrictions coming out of the height of the pandemic.

The top-grossing show in 2022 was, to no one’s surprise, Bad Bunny at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, selling 54,637 tickets for a gross approaching $12.4 million.

Bad Bunny was also the top-grossing arena show in the market: two sellouts at the American Airlines Center in February grossed more than $8 million.

Other notable plays in 2022 include Coldplay at the Cotton Bowl grossing $6 million-plus and a pair of Odesza shows at Dos Equis Pavilion, bringing in a combined $1.59 million.

Dickies Arena in Ft. Worth continues to prove that the region can handle two arenas, hosting major plays from The Killers, Duran Duran and Chris Stapleton.

It’s still Texas, right? So there’s honky-tonks and because it’s Texas, the honky-tonks are bigger. Billy Bob’s Texas bills itself as the world’s largest and it popped off the Metroplex’s biggest club numbers, including a three-show run by the Turnpike Troubadours grossing more than $1.3 million in April.

Dallas now boasts the Mark Cuban/Live Nation-backed Echo Lounge and Music Hall, which opened with a Sting show in December 2021.