CMA Fest, Coachella Among Year’s Best-Selling Music Festivals

Music enthusiasts coast to coast flocked to these large-scale gatherings for their fix, but which ones were the best-selling music festivals of 2019?

Continuing its reign yet again is 2018’s best-seller CMA Fest. The Nashville bash raked in the big bucks this year with its usual full slate of superstar country artists. Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Maren Morris and Luke Combs were among the festival’s many performers at Nissan Stadium, which fans easily filled throughout its four-day run. CMA Fest topped the rest in overall sales, and nabbed an in-demand average ticket price of just over $240.

Just trailing CMA Fest is perennial pop culture phenomenon Coachella. The 2019 edition featured Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala headlining its two weekends. Ticket prices spiked to a high of $650 for three-day admission. That figure was edged a week later by Coachella successor Stagecoach, which pulled just under $700 per ticket.

Texas was well-represented, with Dallas’ Crossroads Guitar Festival coming in at No. 4, followed by Austin City Limits and Austin’s iHeartRadio Country Festival at No. 5 and 10, respectively. Miami and New Orleans-based festivals appeared twice, while traveling festivals like Rolling Loud, Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball made the list as well.

See the Top 20 best-selling music festivals of 2019 below.

Best-Selling Music Festivals of 2019

Sales RankFestivalCity, StateAverage Ticket Price
1.CMA FestNashville, TN$242
2.CoachellaIndio, CA$650
3.Outlaw Music FestivalVarious Cities$74
4. Crossroads Guitar FestivalDallas, TX$388
5. Austin City LimitsAustin, TX$196
6.iHeartRadio Jingle BallVarious Cities$174
7. Buckeye Country SuperfestColumbus, OH$142
8. New Orleans Jazz FestNew Orleans, LA$285
9. LollapaloozaChicago, IL$207
10. iHeartRadio Country FestivalAustin, TX$164
11.Essence Music FestivalNew Orleans, LA$181
12.Stagecoach FestivalIndio, CA$698
13. Rolling Loud FestivalVarious Cities$451
14. Watershed FestivalQuincy, WA$244
15. iHeartRadio Music FestivalLas Vegas, NV$141
16. iHeartRadio Fiesta LatinaMiami, FL$151
17.Global Citizen FestivalNew York, NY$74
18.BottleRock FestivalNapa, CA$244
19.OVO FestToronto, ON$392
20.Ultra Music FestivalMiami, FL$380

Want to see more posts like this? Check out the rest of our 2019 Year in Review series here.

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