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Bruce Springsteen tops 2016 tour charts

The River Tour 2016 made $268.3m over 76 dates, according to Pollstar's 2016 Top 10 Worldwide Tour list

By Rhian Jones on 04 Jan 2017

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s The River Tour 2016 was the highest grossing worldwide tour last year, earning $268.3m over 76 shows. The average ticket price was $111 across over 2.4m tickets sold, according to Pollstar’s Top 10 Worldwide Tours ranking.

Organised by BPB Consulting and the Creative Artists Agency, the tour was the first in two years for Springsteen and band, and was in support of his 2015 box set, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.

Taking second place on Pollstar’s year-end lists was Beyoncé with The Formation World Tour—another CAA project. Over 49 shows, the tour grossed $256.4m, with an average ticket price of $114 and over 2.2m sold.

Coldplay take third place with the A Head Full of Dreams Tour, organised by Paradigm and X-ray Touring, grossing $241m. Over 2.6m tickets were sold across 60 shows, with an average price of $90.

Guns N’Roses’ Not In This Lifetime… Tour is fourth with $188.4m across 44 dates. 1.6m tickets were sold with an average price of $111 and UTA and ITB shared agency duties.

Rounding off the top 5 is Adele with her WME/ITB Adele Live 2016 dates that grossed $167.7m last year. 1.5m tickets were sold across 107 shows with an average price of $109.

Further down the list is Justin Bieber at sixth place, followed by Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, The Rolling Stones and Celine Dion.


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