St. Augustine Amphitheatre No. 1 in US, No. 2 worldwide

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The concert industry looks to make a strong comeback in 2022, and The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is leading the way, according to industry publication Pollstar Magazine. The publication’s 2022 Mid-Year Ticket Sales Report ranks The St. Augustine Amphitheatre number 1 in the United States and number 2 in the world based on tickets sold from Jan. 1 to June 27, 2022.

According to the report, the local venue sold 106,646 tickets for $7,299,976 in gross sales during the first half of 2022. The only amphitheater to outperform that was the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia, which sold 127,030 tickets for $11,123,866 in gross sales.

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre has a history of ranking as a top venue, but this most recent ranking is due to the venue’s record-breaking number of ticketed events and overall sales.

Since the start of 2022, the amphitheater hosted 39 ticketed events. In 2019, the last full year of live music prior to the pandemic, The Amp hosted 30 ticketed events and welcomed 74,226 guests at the mid-year point, earning the number 2 spot in the United States and number 3 in the world.

“We knew we were having a strong year, and we just assumed that most, if not all, venues were seeing similar record-setting numbers,” said Gabriel Pellicer, general manager of The St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. “That being said, we didn’t necessarily think we’d be first in the country, let alone nearly double the sales of outdoor venues like Red Rocks Amphitheatre with 57,423 patrons. We’re very proud.”

Red Rocks finished third in the world, earning $3,208,617.

Since the start of the 2022 season, the venue hosted a variety of renowned artists, including three nights of Grammy Award-winning bluegrass phenom Billy Strings, the critically acclaimed indie-rock artist Phoebe Bridgers, two nights of award-winning comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, emerging indie singer-songwriter Rex Orange County, Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Leon Bridges and three nights of American-rock group Widespread Panic, to name a few.

Looking ahead, The St. Augustine Amphitheatre will close out 2022 with a strong lineup of performances by artists such as Buddy Guy & John Hiatt (Aug. 6), Ring Starr and His All Starr Band (Sept. 15), Jack White (Sept. 19), Earth, Wind & Fire (Sept. 27), Bonnie Raitt (Nov. 12) and many more.

For a complete listing of upcoming events, go to TheAmp.com.

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