TEG was the most successful Aussie promoter in 2019 says Pollstar
Sydney-based TEG had its best year in 2019, with two divisions landing in the Top 40 of the world’s best performers.
According to Pollstar’s end of the year report, Australia had another strong year overall and did well against competition from the rest of the world. Five Aussie promoters were in the global Top 100.
Another remarkable achievement was Bluesfest Byron Bay, as 8th best performer in the world.
TEG Dainty ranked highest of Australian performers, at #12, after selling 1.83 million tickets and grossing US$184.7 million.
The company, led by veteran Paul Dainty, does shows in Australia, NZ, the US, UK, SE Asia and South Africa and had its lofty reach with a diverse portfolio covering rock concerts, comedy and theatricals.
Its contemporary rock tours this year included Eminem, Bon Jovi, Slash, Phil Collins, Michael Buble, Hugh Jackman and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Another TEG division, TEG Live, which provides concerts, sports and family events was at #36, generating a gross of $44.4 million after selling 613, 210 tickets.
In addition, Sydney’s 21,000-capacity Qudos Bank Arena, which TEG owns, was #39 best performer in its category, shifting 506, 924 tickets and generating $46.6 million.
Next year sees TEG, which already operates in half a dozen countries, expand its Ticketek ticketing agency to the UK and Europe, and eying a presence in the US, India and Hong Kong.
Under its new US owner, Jones expects to expand its ticketing, data analysis and show content, telling TMN, “We want to grow, but take it slowly.
“We want to be a great content company, which we already are but we can certainly continue to grow that.”
Elsewhere there were also strong showings from three promoters.
Frontier Touring was at #25 with 934, 574 tickets and a $72,4 million turnover.
Its new partner Chugg Entertainment held its own as well, with a $22.2 million turnover with 327, 204 stubs landing it at #67.
Adrian Bohm Presents’ comedy tours shifted 420, 464 tickets to a $24.2 million gross, giving it a #53 ranking.
The global promoter list was headed by two US powerhouses, Live Nation at top with a $3.2 billion pull from 46.6 million tickets.
AEG was runner-up with $1.4 billion and 14.8 million stubs.
Bluesfest Bhyron Bay’s #8 ranking in the festivals category came after it drew an attendance of 105, 385 and grossing over $11.1 million.
The Top 100 Tours included three Australian acts – Hugh Jackman who sold almost 1 million tickets internationally this year, and Christian bands Newsboys and Hillsong United.
Of amphitheatres, Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl ranked highest at #32 (152, 003 tickets, gross of $9.2 million), Brisbane Riverstage at #61 (71, 469 and $4.4 million) and regional NSW’s Bimbadgen Estate at #83 (48, 051, $4.1 million).
The most successful Australian arena in 2019 was Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, which was 39th best performer, after a $51.9 million taking from 595, 519 cust0mers.
As mentioned, Qudoas Bank Arena was at #39, followed by Perth’s RAC Arena at #66 with 310,556 tickets and total takings of$26.9 million.
Brisbane Entertainment Centre’s gross of $24 million from 260,471 entries through the gates, gave it a world ranking of #85.
Of theatre venues, Hamer Hall in Melbourne was ranked #71 ($7.4 million from 130,451 tix).
ICC Sydney Theatre was at #79 with a gross of $7.6 million from 110,833 entries.
In another triumph for Melbourne, three of its venues were the sole entries in the Top 100 clubs list.
The Corner Hotel in Richmond was most achieving club, at #20. It had a healthy 101, 857 patrons through the year, and had a ticket turnover of $2.75 million.
The Forum was at #81 (43, 153, $2 million) and Northcote Social Club at #94 (34, 798, $623,674).
Of outdoor stadiums & sites, Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium was listed at #30 (163, 023 tickets, $18.7 million) and Melbourne Cricket Grounds at $38 (141, 091, $17.99 million).
At #49 was Sydney’s ANZ Stadium (120,444, $14.8 million) and Broadbeach CDB on the Gold Coast at #50 (120,000, $1.2 million).
Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane reached #54 (114, 895, $14.4 million), and Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay at #66 (105, 385, $11.1 million).