Le Bataclan, the Paris venue that suffered a terrorist attack in 2015, was named International Venue Of The Year; Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena snagged Best New Major Concert Venue; Desert Trip received Major Music Festival honors and Adele took home Major Tour Of The Year.

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Pollstar Awards - Justin Willman 

The concert industry’s movers and shakers gathered at The Novo in Los Angeles for the 28th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.  Hosted by Justin Willman, the night’s honorees represented everything from major tours, venues and clubs to booking agents, artist managers, staging, video and promotion.  Oh, and networking.  Lots and lots of networking.  Who knows?  Perhaps some of the largest tours of 2018 began with a chance conversation during this year’s awards presentation.


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Adele - Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Ariz.

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Major Tour Of The Year – Adele

Most Creative Stage Production – Beyoncé

Comedy Tour Of The Year – Amy Schumer

Best New Touring Artist – Chris Stapleton

Major Music Festival Of The Year – Desert Trip Indio, Calif.


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The Rolling Stones - "Desert Trip," Empire Polo Club, Indio, Calif.

Music Festival Of The Year – Life Is Beautiful Las Vegas, Nev.

International Music Festival Of The Year – Glastonbury Festival Pilton, England

Nightclub Of The Year – Webster Hall New York, N.Y.


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Webster Hall - Proud winners of Nightclub of the Year

Theatre Of The Year – Ryman Auditorium Nashville, Tenn.

Arena Of The Year – Madison Square Garden Arena New York, N.Y.

Red Rocks Award / Best Small Outdoor Venue – Greek Theatre Los Angeles, Calif.

Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue – Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, Calif.

Best New Major Concert Venue – T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nev.

International Venue Of The Year – Le Bataclan Paris, France


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Sting - Le Bataclan, Paris, France

Facility Executive Of The Year – Lee Zeidman Staples Center – Los Angeles, Calif.

Nightclub Talent Buyer Of The Year – Sonia Grover First Avenue, 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis

Talent Buyer Of The Year – Brian O’Connell, Live Nation Nashville

Bill Graham Award / Promoter Of The Year – Gregg Perloff Another Planet Entertainment

International Promoter Of The Year – Barrie Marshall Marshall Arts

Third Coast Agent Of The Year – Jonathan Levine Paradigm Artists

Bobby Brooks Award / Agent Of The Year – Sam Hunt The Windish Agency

Independent Booking Agency Of The Year – High Road Touring

Booking Agency Of The Year – Creative Artists Agency

UK Booking Agent Of The Year – Emma Banks Creative Artists Agency UK

Personal Manager Of The Year – Chris Woltman Twenty One Pilots


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Twenty One Pilots - iHeartRadio Music Festival, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

Road Warrior Of The Year – Dale “Opie” Skjerseth AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses

Lighting Company Of The Year – Upstaging

Sound Company Of The Year – Clair Global

Staging / Equipment Company Of The Year – All Access Staging & Productions

Transportation Company Of The Year – Rock-It Cargo

Video Company Of The Year – Moo TV