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 Rank||Festival||City, State||Average Ticket Price|
|1.||CMA Fest||Nashville, TN||$242|
|3.||Outlaw Music Festival||Various Cities||$74|
|4.||Crossroads Guitar Festival||Dallas, TX||$388|
|5.||Austin City Limits||Austin, TX||$196|
|6.||iHeartRadio Jingle Ball||Various Cities||$174|
|7.||Buckeye Country Superfest||Columbus, OH||$142|
|8.||New Orleans Jazz Fest||New Orleans, LA||$285|
|10.||iHeartRadio Country Festival||Austin, TX||$164|
|11.||Essence Music Festival||New Orleans, LA||$181|
|12.||Stagecoach Festival||Indio, CA||$698|
|13.||Rolling Loud Festival||Various Cities||$451|
|14.||Watershed Festival||Quincy, WA||$244|
|15.||iHeartRadio Music Festival||Las Vegas, NV||$141|
|16.||iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina||Miami, FL||$151|
|17.||Global Citizen Festival||New York, NY||$74|
|18.||BottleRock Festival||Napa, CA||$244|
|19.||OVO Fest||Toronto, ON||$392|
|20.||Ultra Music Festival||Miami, FL||$380|
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