12:51 | Thursday January 13, 2011

The O2 arena has retained its position as the world’s most popular music venue for the fourth year in succession, selling a remarkable 50% more tickets than its nearest competitor, Madison Square Garden.

Compiled by live entertainment monitor Pollstar, the figures for 2010 reveal that The O2 sold 1,737,654 concert tickets during 2010 compared with Madison Square Garden’s 1.15m tickets, while the Manchester Evening News Arena also sold more than 1 million gig tickets to take third place in the global charts.

Although The O2 Arena figures represent a small decrease on 2009’s numbers, the actual total ticket sales at the AEG-owned venue are well in excess of 2m, as other non-music events are not included in the stats and the arena sold in excess of 250,000 seats for the ATP tennis tournament alone in November.

Congratulating the operators on their continuing success, Mayor of London Boris Johnson says, “Not only does this amazing venue beat the competition hands down for the fourth year running; its ticket sales are a whopping 50 per cent higher than that citadel of entertainment, Madison Square Garden. The incredible success of The O2 is a tribute to its excellent management and staff who continue to attract world class events and global stars to keep it in top spot."

AEG Europe president and CEO David Campbell adds, “We are immensely proud of what The O2 has achieved. In what was a tough economic year, we are thrilled to reinforce our position. I thank all the artists; promoters, agents, managers, the more than 2,500 people who work at The O2 and all our partners. We always said London deserved a world class entertainment destination and we will keep working to make sure we remain a clear world leader.”

Also making Pollstar’s top 100 music venues list are The O2 Dublin in fifth place with 656,000 ticket sales, Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena (14th), LG Arena (18), Wembley Arena (22), Odyssey Arena in Belfast (37), The NIA (53), Glasgow’s SECC (71) and the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield (98).

No doubt 'Elvis In Concert' contributed to that success.

Brian