5th Annual Magna Charta: Charting Europe’s Live Industry In 2022

The Rolling Stones perform on stage at Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 7, 2022. | Photo by Paul Bergen / Redferns

The annual Magna Charta feature, highlighting the European live entertainment industry during the past year, includes charts that rank the top tours, venues and promoters. This year, we have expanded the number of charts to better reflect the live activity at venues. All five categories – Amphitheaters, Arenas, Clubs, Stadiums and Theaters – are represented with two charts: one that ranks the buildings by their overall gross and another by the number of tickets sold.

The Top Artists chart features the 100 highest-grossing concert headliners who played European markets and, for the fifth year in a row, the majority of the Top 10 are from Europe. There are eight this year, just one fewer than in 2022. Both 2021 and 2020’s
Magna Charta had six European headliners, while 2019 had seven in the Top 10.

The Promoters chart, also 100 positions, is created from all reported grosses and represents sole promoters and co-promoters. Of the venues, the Arena charts highlight the Top 100 facilities, while Clubs, Stadiums and Theaters each feature the Top 50. The Amphitheater charts list the Top 25 venues.

The period of eligibility for Magna Charta is a 12-month timeframe that began on Feb. 1, 2022, and continued through the end of January this year. All Euro box office figures reported during that yearlong span were eligible to be counted in the final chart tallies.