Pollstar’s 2023 Year-End Hub: Taylor Swift’s $1B Year, Golden Age, U2, Sphere, Charts & Way More

If 2022 was a historic record-setting year, which it was, then 2023 blew it out of the water— by double digits. It was led by two record-setting tours by female artists: Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour,” which, for the first time ever, broke the billion dollars gross revenue threshold; and Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” tour, which in any other year would have easily topped the charts. Beyond revenues and grosses, the year’s most game changing live event, and most appropriately this special Year-End Issue’s cover feature, was easily U2’s opening of Sphere. This technological marvel, filled with so much cutting edge and immersive technologies, will profoundly impact the live industry going forward and performance as we know it. This special issue also features a look at the year through a number of live industry buckets including agencies, festivals, ticketing, country, Latin, sustainability, comedy and more. Here, too, is an executive survey and our industry-leading charts

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Taylor Swift Sets All-Time Touring Record
With $1 Billion Gross

(Allen J. Schaben / LA Times / Getty Images)

2023 Year-End Business Analysis: The Great
Return Becomes Historic Golden Age


2023 Game-Changers: U2 & Sphere Expand The Possible

U2 performs at Sphere in Las Vegas Nov. 1, 2023,
in front of the art piece “Surrender (for U2) 2023”
by John Gerrard. Photo by Rich Fury.
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Welcome To Pollstars 2023 Year-End Special Issue

Beyoncé Shines With Record-Setting ‘Renaissance’ Trek

Top 10 Tours Alone Gross $3.8B In Banner Year

The Year In Agencies; Acquisitions, Mergers & More

The Year In Festivals: Launches, Cancellations & Switcheroos

How Taylor Swift Became A Historic Global Supernova Juggernaut Of Epic Proportions & Positively Disrupted The F Out Of The Status Quo

The Year In Clubs: Record Revenues For Some, Struggles For Others

The Year In Country: Stadium-Size It! Country Goes Big

The Year In Latin: Old, New Generaciones Keep Strong Momentum

The Year In Ticketing: Politicians Keep Talking Ticketing

The Year In Comedy: Belly Laughs Are Booming Business

The Year In Europe: What’s Next After The Year of the Stadium?

Live Thrives: But How Long Will The Good Times Roll?

The Year In Weather Woes: How Climate Impacted Live in 2023

The Year In Sustainability: Saving The Planet One Show At A Time

The Year In Tech: Sphere Dominates Tech Talk

In Memoriam: Remembering Those We Lost In 2023


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Top 200 Worldwide Tours
Top 200 North American Tours
Top 100 Promoters

Top Stadiums
Top Amphitheaters
Top 200 Arenas
Top 200 Auditoriums / Theatres
Top 200 Clubs 
Top 20 Worldwide Festival Grosses
Top 300 Concert Gross

Pollstar’s 2023 Year-End Executive Survey (Part 1)