Chugg Entertainment Top Aussies In Mid-Year Ticket List

18 July 2012 | 4:20 pm | Scott Fitzsimons

Chugg Entertainment moved 394,202 tickets.

Michael Chugg's Chugg Entertainment is the highest ranking Australian promoter in Pollstar's mid-year ranking of the 100 top-selling promoters around the world. With figures from the first six months of 2012,Pollstar - regarded as the international authority on live entertainment figures - ranked the promoters based on individual tickets sold.

In total, eight Australians made the top 100, which was topped by Live Nation, with 10,032,696 tickets sold during the period. Chugg Entertainment ranked 23 overall with 394,202 tickets sold.

Today Michael Chugg, who ranked number three on the recent AMID Power 50 list of the most powerful people in the Australian music industry, told that the company is, "Very proud of the outcome of these mid-year results - it's a great acknowledgement of all the effort that goes into the work we do.

He added, "I'd like to thank all of our friends and partners, a lot of whom appear on this list too, as well as my hard–working, uncompromising team of Chuggettes!"

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Australians in the list:

23. Chugg Entertainment 394,202

26. Michael Coppel Presents 359,830

47. Bluesfest (Peter Noble) 152,649

50. Frontier Touring Company 147,994

61. Adrian Bohm Presents 114,982

68. Garry Van Egmond Enterprises 99,923

73. XIII Touring (Chugg Entertainment co-promoters) 88,678

78. Dainty Consolidated Entertainment 75,450

Other notables were Big Day Out's partners C3 Presents, who were 20 with 446,456. The highest ranked promoter outside of North America was Mexico's OCESA/CIE, who are at three with 1,674,525. Live Nation's top entry includes ticket sales from House Of Blues and Haymon Entertainment.

Earlier this year Michael Chugg was named International Music Person Of The Year at Musexpo.

Other figures released by Pollstar this week revealed that Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena was the third ranked arena outside of North America, with 316,582 tickets sold at the mid-year mark.

3. Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne) 316,582

9. Allphones Arena (Sydney) 239,166

14. Brisbane Entertainment Centre 232,542

47. Sydney Entertainment Centre 130,415

72. Hordern Pavilion (Sydney) 94,585

Melbourne venues also featured strongly in the rankings for number of ticket sales for theatres, amphitheatres and clubs outside North America.


39. Palais Theatre (Melbourne) 73,540

95.Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 30,889


19. Sidney Myer Music Bowl (Melbourne) 60,838

49. Brisbane Riverstage 15,425


16. Tyagarah Tea Farm (Byron Bay) 82,761


11. Corner Hotel (Melbourne) 67,332

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