News August 28, 2019

$82.6m of Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking tour came from Australia [report]

$82.6m of Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking tour came from Australia [report]
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A breakdown of the revenues from ’s Divide world tour show that US$82.6 million of the record-breaking $776.2 million came from Australia.

The 2.5 year run of 255 shows ended up in his hometown Ipswich, with four shows.

Both and Billboard confirmed the tour as the best selling in history with 8,882,182 ticket sales.

Due to a difference in calculations, Pollstar put the total gross at $775.6 million, and Billboard at $776.2 million.

Both agreed Sheeran toppled U2’s 360° Tour (2009-11), which shifted 7.3 million ticket stubs and a total turnover of $736.4 million.

Sheeran did 12 Australian shows between March 2 to March 21 in 2018.

At the time his promoter, Frontier Touring, said he had set a new Australian record with 1,006,387 – the highest for a single concert tour.

But this is the first time the $82.6 million Australian figure has been revealed.

Two shows at Perth’s Optus Stadium played to 114, 031 fans and grossed US$9,146,953.

One show at Adelaide Oval was to 62,915 fans who shelled out $5,103,599.

The four-night run at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium was to a total 256,622 and a $20,838,652 gross.

Three shows at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium grossed $19,948,066 from a draw of 231,185.

Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane hosted 103,744 fans over two nights for a $8,595,585 turnover.

The Divide tour kicked off on March 16, 2017 at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy.

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Pollstar’s Top-Grossing Tours of All-Time

Artist – Tour Name – Year(s) – Gross (in millions) – Tickets Sold (in millions) – # of shows

1. Ed Sheeran – Divide – 2017-2019 – $775.6 (gross) – 8.9 tickets – 255 shows

2. U2 – 360° – 2009-2011 – $735.3 – 7.2 – 110

3. Guns N’ Roses – Not In This Lifetime… – 2016-ongoing – $561.1 – 5.1 – 145

4. The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang – 2005-2007 – $558.2 – 4.6 – 144

5. Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams – 2017-2017 – $523.0 – 5.3 – 114

6. Roger Waters – The Wall Live – 2010-2013 – $460.2 – 4.1 – 220

7. AC/DC – Black Ice – 2008-2010 – $441.9 – 4.9 – 165

8. Madonna – Sticky & Sweet – 2008-2009 – $411.1 – 3.5 – 85

9. U2 – Vertigo – 2005-2006 – $395.6 – 4.6 – 131

10. Pink – Beautiful Trauma – 2018-ongoing – $380.3 – 3.0 – 154

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