Melbourne has officially retained its unofficial title as a global hub for excellent live music venues, after accounting for almost half of Australia’s most successful institutions in a recent industry poll. The Victorian city led Australia in the very same poll this time last year.
16 Australian live music venues have made the Top 100 ranking in the annual mid-year report from US-based music industry organisation Pollstar, and according to Beat, 7 Melbourne venues have bolstered Australia’s overall figures. 5 New South Wales venues, 3 Brisbane venues and 1 Perth venue also attained high rankings.
The only Australian venues in the Top 100 Clubs section were Melbourne’s Corner Hotel (pictured) and Northcote Social Club. The Corner was ranked at #14 after selling 64,771 tickets, and the Northcote Social Club was ranked at #96 after selling 19,435.
Melbourne’s Palais Theatre was also the most successful Australian theatre, coming in at #23 with 106,604 ticket sales. It was the only Australian venue in the Top 30 Theatres section.
In the Top 100 Arenas department, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena came out with a solid #41 after selling 161,672 tickets. Sydney’s Allphones Arena ranked at #16 and its Qantas Credit Union Arena ranked at #71, whilst the Brisbane Entertainment Centre came in at #32, followed closely by Perth Arena at #34.
In the Top 50 Outdoor Stadium & Festival Sites category, Melbourne’s AAMI Park came in at #31 with 62,950 ticket sales, with Etihad Stadium reaching #42. NSW’s Hope Estate Winery beat out Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the Top 50 Amphitheatres section, after being named #23 thanks to 42,032 ticket sales.
So kudos to you, Melbourne, kudos to you.