Proving once again just what a significant music market we have here in Australia, our homegrown promoters, venues, and acts have rated considerably well in Pollstar magazine’s mid-2015 report, which serves as an audit of the global music industry’s health.
As The Music Network reports, six companies ranked among the world’s Top 100 highest ticket selling promoters between January and June, including one, Frontier Touring, landing in the Top 10, with 15 Aussie venues making it into five other categories.
Frontier Touring were ranked #8 in Top 100 Promoters, having sold 932,426 tickets in the last six months. It’s just the latest accolade to be bestowed upon Michael Gudinski’s company, who recently scored the highest amount of nominations in the contemporary music categories at the Helpmann Awards.
Looking further down the list of promoters, Nine Lives came in at #26 (229,996 tickets), Bluesfest was at #45 (175,414), Chugg Entertainment placed at #46 (168,647), the Dainty Group was at #81 (83,667), and Adrian Bohm Presents rounded out the list of Aussies at #84 (81,008).
That’s a total of 1,671,158 tickets sold by these major promoters alone and not counting Live Nation Australasia, whose sales were counted as part of its global parent company, who topped the list with 10.4 million ticket sales.
There was just one Australian act in the Top 100 Worldwide Tours, Sydney pop rock trio 5 Seconds of Summer, whose last tour managed to gross US$15.5 million. The band played to 320,314 fans over 34 shows, putting them at #52.
Taking a look at the world of venues, Perth Arena was the most successful arena, coming in at #25 after shifting 236,227 tickets. Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena was at #32 (211,792), Sydney’s Qantas Credit Union Arena at #49 (156,545), Brisbane Entertainment Centre at #55 (144,564), and Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion at #94 (72,763).
Melbourne’s Palais Theatre was the only Australian entrant in the Top 100 Theatres at #26 with 106,951 tickets sold. Meanwhile, the list of the Top 100 Clubs included Melbourne’s Corner Hotel at #27 (55,557) and Sydney’s Newtown Social Club at #97 (18,667).
Look at the Top 50 Outdoor Festival Sites, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium lead at #9 (116,234), followed by Byron Bay’s Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm at #12 with 105,475, Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium was at #23 (73,632), at #30 was Sydney’s Allianz Stadium (62,650), and at #41 was Sydney’s ANZ Stadium (51,131).
Bluesfest, which is hosted at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, was also featured in the Worldwide Concert Gross category at #14, having grossed over $9.8 million (A$12.8 million). And lastly, the 51,896 people drawn to Brisbane Riverstage in the last six months put it at #12 in the Top 50 Amphitheatres.