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Saturday 22 October 2016

U2 the hottest ticket as 3Arena hits world top 15 of venues

Gordon Deegan

Published 14/01/2016 | 02:30

Taylor Swift during the
Taylor Swift during the "1989" World Tour at the 3Arena in Dublin

The 3Arena in Dublin enjoyed a €35.7m box office bonanza last year with U2 the biggest draw of 2015.

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New figures provided by trade industry journal 'Pollstar' show that U2 earned more than €1.1m a show for their four-night stint at the venue last November.

The figures show the U2 gigs generated €4.6m in box office receipts for the gigs that were enjoyed by 46,784 fans.

Underling their staying power after more than 35 years in the business, the Dublin group's run was the highest grossing of any act at the Live Nation owned venue last year.

The band donated €2m from their Dublin gigs to the Music Generation initiative in collaboration with the Ireland Funds.

According to the new figures provided by 'Pollstar', the number of fans attending concerts at the 3Arena increased by 26pc to 591,423 last year.

The almost 600,000 music fans who saw acts - including US superstar Taylor Swift, pictured above - perform at the 3Arena has resulted in the venue being ranked 15th in the best-attended arenas in the world.

The O2 in London was the most popular venue, attracting 1.8 million fans last year.

The additional 120,548 to attend the Dublin docklands venue last year saw the 3Arena's ranking on the top 200 venues in the world jump from 24th.

Box office receipts are shared between promoter, artist and venue operator.

The detailed figures show that Niall Horan's One Direction boyband clocked up box office receipts of €2.7m for their three nights at the venue in October.

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance scooped €1.1m for two shows last March while The Coronas had a box office of €438,347 at the venue last February.

Showing his enduring appeal, Van Morrison's November gig generated €671,334.

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