LONDON (November 27, 2018) — Ticketmaster, the global ticketing marketplace leader that provides 500 million tickets to fans across 29 countries, has polled live entertainment fans globally from its 200 million database to discover the most popular live events of 2018.
Scottish funny-man, Kevin Bridges’ sold-out Brand New tour is the UK’s Ticket of The Year, for his live show at the SSE Hydro, a remarkable feat given that no comedian has ever taken top spot in the UK before. Bridges’ recent tour earned him the ‘Gie It Laldy’ award from the Glasgow arena, recognising his contribution to the live event industry, having sold more tickets to the venue than any other solo artist.
Kevin Bridges said: “Thank you to everybody who came out to see me live this year and a very special thank you to those who went as far as voting for me as their favourite show of the year. It’s been a while since the result of a vote has made me happy. You have restored my faith in democracy. Thank you all and see you another time.”
Girl power comes head to head as P!nk and the Spice Girls are named the UK’s top two most anticipated events for 2019. P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma stadium tour kicks off at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, taking in a total of six shows and ending with a two-night run at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium.
P!nk, said: “What an honor from my beautiful UK fans! A HUGE thank you to everyone that voted for the Beautiful Trauma tour as the Ticketmaster Most Anticipated Event for 2019. It’s been nearly five years since I’ve toured the UK – I can’t wait to get back and party with all of you!”
Right behind is the Spice Girl’s whose tour, announced this month, set Ticketmaster sales records as millions of fans hoped to purchase tickets to the special reunion tour, with well over 700,000 fans in the digital queue at one point. Other hotly anticipated shows for 2019 in the UK include Muse, Fleetwood Mac and Take That.
Looking at the global results, Korean pop music is taking the world by storm as the global pop phenomenon BTS take the top spot from votes around the world. The boy band recently became the first Korean act to surpass one billion streams on Apple Music, and ‘Burn the Stage: The Movie’ opened worldwide to nearly one million pre-sale tickets. The film broke a previous record held by One Direction, with a staggering 1.4M admissions since its release.
The smash hit musical Hamilton cements its place as the nation’s favourite theatre show, the only theatre event to be featured. The musical’s West End production has won seven Olivier awards including Best New Musical, making it a clear favourite for fans.
For the second year in a row, London continues to be the most popular city for live entertainment in the UK, followed by Glasgow and Manchester.
UK Ticket of the Year 2018
Kevin Bridges – The SSE Hydro
Hamilton (UK) – Victoria Palace Theatre
Ed Sheeran – Wembley Stadium
Taylor Swift – Wembley Stadium
Ed Sheeran – Hampden Park National Stadium
UK Most Anticipated Events for 2019
Global Ticket of the Year 2018