STUBHUB REVEALS THE TOP 10 MUSIC TOURS OF SUMMER 2017

Stubhub’s Third-Annual Summer Tour Preview Reveals U2 Is the Most In-Demand Act; Justin Bieber and Tool Offer the Best Value; and New Festivals Make the Top Five Music Festivals List

San Francisco – (May 15, 2017) – StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, today released its third-annual preview of the summer concert landscape, breaking down the most in-demand touring acts of summer 2017. U2 unseats last year’s leader, Adele, by taking the #1 spot on the list, which heavily features legacy rock artists for the third year in a row. Top contemporary artists like Ed Sheeran also rank highly, and Kendrick Lamar broke the top 10 list for the first time, only three weeks after his tour was announced.

2017 Top Selling Acts
Based on total sales on StubHub for U.S. dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day

  1. U2
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Bruno Mars
  4. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  5. Lady Gaga
  6. Metallica
  7. Kendrick Lamar
  8. Tool
  9. Justin Bieber
  10. Roger Waters

By the Numbers: Breaking Down the Top 10 List

  • Legacy rock acts have dominated the list for the last three years, demonstrating an ongoing command of the touring landscape throughout the summer
  • #1 U2 outsells #2 Ed Sheeran by 65%, even with fewer than half as many shows in the summer months (13 vs. 32), and exceeds last year’s #1, Adele, by 15%, even with eight fewer dates
  • Looking at average sales per-show, U2 still dominates, outselling the second highest per-show performer (Lady Gaga) by 118%; eight of U2’s dates are the top in-demand of individual events all summer; the June 3 Chicago appearance is the most in-demand concert of the summer
  • The only artist to return to the list from 2016 is Justin Bieber
  • Tool is the most affordable top 10 act to see this summer based on the lowest average ticket prices overall
  • Justin Bieber is a great deal this summer – his tour sold the least expensive ticket of acts in the top 10, and the price of tickets purchased on StubHub this year is down 40% over last summer
  • When tickets for Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. tour went on sale April 28, searches on StubHub quadrupled from the day before and he shot into the top 10 selling summer acts in one week – his position on the list is likely to keep climbing as the summer progresses
  • Roger Waters may be the hardest working on the list this summer with the most tour dates (34) of anyone in the top 10 during the summer months; Ed Sheeran (26 years old) is second with 32 tour dates

Music festivals continue to be a way for an increasing number of fans to see a multitude of acts between independent headlining tours. BottleRock, as a relatively newer festival, has been the fastest growing summer music festival over the past three years (demand has nearly tripled since 2015).  Keeping in line with the trending demand of legacy rock acts, two out of three of the top music festivals this summer are devoted to classic rock acts.

The most in-demand U.S. summer music festivals based on ticket sales on StubHub to date are:

  1. CMA Music Festival (June 8-11 in Nashville, TN)
  2. BottleRock Napa (May 26-28 in Napa, CA)
  3. Lollapalooza (August 3-6 in Chicago, IL)
  4. The Classic East (July 29-30 in Flushing, NY)
  5. The Classic West (July 15-16 in Los Angeles, CA)

About StubHub
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StubHub Releases Second Annual Year in Live Events Report: In a Year of Firsts, Lasts and Milestone Events, Consumers Are Spending More Than Ever on Live Event Experiences

SUPER BOWL 50, WORLD SERIES AND HAMILTON BREAK STUBHUB RECORDS

Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant’s Last Games, a Historic World Series, First UFC Fight in New York City and a First-Ever Music Festival of Legacy Acts Mark Milestone Events

DEC. 14, 2016 – SAN FRANCISCOStubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, today revealed its second annual Year In Live Events (YILE) report, which found that consumers, globally, are spending more than ever on live event experiences in a year marked by firsts, lasts and historic milestone events.  The top-10 selling events of the year in the U.S. on StubHub were sports events, led by Super Bowl 50, which outsold last year’s Super Bowl by 7%, and the World Series, which was the highest-selling World Series ever on StubHub.  Adele led all the music acts with the #1-selling tour spot and the runaway Broadway hit, Hamilton: An American Musical, drove at least four times the sales of any other theater production in company history. International NFL games and fútbol matches led as the top five international events with the highest sales from U.S. ticket buyers.

“At StubHub, we are driven by one purpose:  to connect people to inspiring event experiences,” said Scott Cutler, president of StubHub.  “2016 has been a remarkable year, underscored by once-in-a-lifetime events that have demonstrated our customers’ innate desire to make life’s richest memories happen live at sports, concerts and performing arts events.  As these experiences play an increasingly meaningful role in our lives, StubHub is committed to leading in innovation, premium products and partnerships to make access to a life rich in live experiences easier than ever.”

  • According to a survey of international consumers, globally, consumers have increased spend on live events by 8% in the last year.
  • Additional StubHub consumer insights and sales trends show that the event-going experience is becoming increasingly connected by mobile, driven by social connections and an influencer of travel plans.
  • Around the world, StubHub reports that mobile usage to purchase tickets is up, and users who switch from desktop to buying in the StubHub app tend to buy more tickets and spend more money.
  • Regardless of region, buyers are willing to travel more than two hours to a live event of their choice, with buyers in Italy having the highest tendency to travel for events, buyers in the UK spending the most money on international events and Spanish buyers proving to be the most socially oriented, with the highest tendency to buy in advance and attend events in groups.

Across all live events, the past year has been highlighted by milestone and historic events that are unrivaled in years past, including  Super Bowl 50, which was also the last game played by Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant’s final home game, championship appearances for Cleveland in basketball and baseball, UFC taking its first match to New York City, the Cubs’ historic showing and win in the World Series, Desert Trip’s first year, a popular COPA America, and the Broadway phenomenon of Hamilton: An American Musical. A recent third-party survey, commissioned by StubHub, shows that events like these are driving fans’ happiness, with 88% of respondents saying live events make them happy and named their first concert as their best memory over first kiss and first job.

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*List represents top events in the U.S. based on total value of ticket sales on StubHub for each event

(StubHub’s Top 10 Events in 2015: 1. Super Bowl XLIX; 2. World Series Game 3; 3. World Series Game 4; 4. World Series Game 5; 5. Mayweather v Pacquiao; 6. 2015 College Football Championship; 7. World Series Game 2; 8. NHL Stanley Cup Final; 9. New England Patriots v Dallas Cowboys (10/11); 10. 2015 Cotton Bowl College Football Semifinal (Alabama v Michigan State)

Top music events in 2016 were dominated by music festivals with the mainstay festivals – Coachella and Lollapalooza – maintaining their top positions, and newcomer Desert Trip coming in with sales that rivaled both. Artist tours were highlighted by Adele and dominated by nostalgic legacy acts including Springsteen, Billy Joel, Guns N Roses and Pearl Jam, as well as pop including Bieber, Beyoncé, Drake and Coldplay. Luke Bryan was the only country act to break the top-10 tour list; Luke Bryan and Billy Joel are the only acts returning from the top 10 in 2015.

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*List represents top music tours in the U.S. based on total value of ticket sales in the U.S. on StubHub

(StubHub’s Top 10 Tours in 2015: 1. Taylor Swift ; 2. Garth Brooks ; 3. Billy Joel; 4. U2; 5. Ed Sheeran; 6. Luke Bryan; 7. The Grateful Dead; 8. Kenny Chesney; 9. One Direction; 10. Rolling Stones)

 Top Selling International Events*

  1. Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans (Mexico City on 11/22)
  2. Barcelona vs. Atlético de Madrid (Barcelona on 4/5)
  3. Arsenal vs. Chelsea (London on 9/24)
  4. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid (Barcelona on 4/2)
  5. Chelsea vs. Liverpool (London on 9/16)

*List represents the international events with the highest sales generated by U.S. buyers on Ticketbis

The theatre category grew the most in 2016 but the greatest amount of ticket sales were generated in the concert segment of the StubHub business:

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*List generated by total ticket sales across event type in the U.S. on StubHub

2016 Top Growing Genres*

  1. Theater
  2. Music Festivals
  3. Motor Sports
  4. Soccer
  5. Concerts

*List represents most growth in total ticket sales since 2015 across event type in the U.S. on StubHub

2016 YEAR IN LIVE EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Kobe’s last game generated nearly 25% of the total sales for the Lakers season and sold twice as many tickets than the NBA Finals game this year.
  • Sales for this year’s World Series were 160% higher the 2015 World Series and were 85% higher than the 2014 World Series (SF Giants v Kansas City Royals), which previously held the lead as the highest sales for a World Series on StubHub.
  • Tickets to the final game of the World Series were purchased by a buyer in every state within the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) and from 12 different countries.
  • Adele’s highest-selling single-tour date was Sept. 23 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • The top-selling, single-day music event overall was for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on March 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • Metallica’s Aug. 20 show at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis also outsold Adele’s highest-selling tour date.
  • Luke Bryan was the best deal of the top-10 artists with the lowest average ticket price across his U.S. dates while Adele generated the highest average ticket price, earning her nearly three times the total sales of Luke Bryan but with 16 fewer dates than Bryan.
  • With the fewest number of dates, Pearl Jam had nearly one-fourth the number of dates as Luke Bryan who came in behind the rock group at #10, but the group was able to command nearly twice the average ticket price as Bryan.
  • Coachella remained the biggest music festival and Desert Trip’s arrival generated a comparable level of demand that’s unique for a newcomer festival.

Data provided throughout this release is compiled from StubHub and Ticketbis sales data and consumer buying habits, StubHub consumer insights studies surveys and buying trends from 2015 through 2016, and StubHub international strategic research on consumer behavior.

StubHub Announces Top 10 Summer Touring Acts of 2016

Adele Tops the List Largely Dominated by Rock Acts, Signaling a Rock Resurgence;Pop Acts and Legacy Acts Dominated in Summer 2015 

StubHub today announced its list of the top 10 touring acts for the summer as dictated by demand on the marketplace’s site.  Adele tops the list, replacing Taylor Swift’s #1 spot in 2015, and rock acts dominate the list, signaling a rock resurgence for the Summer of 2016.

Looking at total sales for live concert events from Memorial Day to Labor Day – the unofficial start and end to the Summer concert season – StubHub’s list sees a significant presence by rock acts on the list of top selling artists as well as the list of artists generating the most sales per individual shows.  With only one show currently scheduled, Metallica tops the list of highest amount of sales per show (as opposed to total sales for shows throughout the summer) followed by fellow rock institutions Pearl Jam and Radiohead in the #2 and #4 spots respectively. Guns N Roses and Coldplay also have a strong presence on both lists.  Metallica’s one summer show in Minneapolis is proving to be the hottest single event of the summer based on sales, a distinction held by Grateful Dead in 2015.

TOP SELLING ACTS*

  1. Adele
  2. Coldplay
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. Drake
  5. Beyoncé
  6. Guns N Roses
  7. Twenty One Pilots
  8. Kenny Chesney
  9. Paul McCartney
  10. Billy Joel

*total sales for all dates on StubHub from Memorial Day to Labor Day

TO SELLING ACTS – PER SHOW**

  1. Metallica
  2. Pearl Jam
  3. Radiohead
  4. Beyoncé
  5. Billy Joel
  6. Paul McCartney
  7. Justin Bieber
  8. Adele
  9. Coldplay
  10. Guns N Roses

**highest average sales per show for dates on StubHub from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Other Summer concert season trends spotted by StubHub:

  • Adele unseats Taylor Swift from the 2015 lead spot and also holds the distinction of having generated the highest sale for a single ticket as well as the highest average price per ticket
  • The only two acts to return to the top selling list from 2015 are Kenny Chesney and Billy Joel, the latter having remained on the list now for three straight years – the longest running position to date, generated largely by his consistent touring and high demand.
  • Beyoncé has sold the lowest single ticket and Twenty One Pilots has the lowest average price for tickets overall
  • With a similar number of shows this summer, Adele is narrowly outselling Coldplay to top the list by approximately 7%. She outsells the #10 ranked artist, Billy Joel, by 153%.
  • On a per show basis, Metallica dominates the list with their one summer show. They currently outsell the next highest performer, Pearl Jam, by 400% and Guns N Roses by 845%
  • While Adele tops the list this summer in total sales, she’s still far behind Taylor Swift’s huge 2015 summer. Swifty’s 2015 summer has outsold Adele’s 2016 by 643%. However, it’s important to note that Swift had almost double the amount of summer shows which led to her historic summer.
  • Music Festivals throughout the Summer continue to remain popular but sales have started to level off and the same festivals continue to lead demand. Lollapalooza maintains its position from 2015 as the highest selling festival on StubHub for the summer.

StubHub continues to provide unparalleled and convenient access to live events through its iOS and Android mobile and tablet apps that feature personalization tools, content partnerships and recommendation notifications to make it easier than ever for fans to easily discover live events. With iTunes library scanning (on iOS), personalized algorithms to identify team and artist favorites and more, the StubHub app helps ensure fans won’t miss some of their favorite acts, while also providing for the opportunity to discover new acts based on personalized recommendations. Yelp and Foursquare integrations and easy-to-use mobile ticketing makes the app even easier to plan a weekend on the go.