Thursday 21 June 2018

Coldplay and U2 gigs lift MCD into global top 10

U2’s sellout gig at Croke Park, where they marked the 30th anniversary of the Joshua Tree, helped propel promoters MCD into the global top 10
U2’s sellout gig at Croke Park, where they marked the 30th anniversary of the Joshua Tree, helped propel promoters MCD into the global top 10

Gordon Deegan

Sell out gigs by U2, Coldplay and Guns 'n' Roses have catapulted promoters MCD into the top 10 promoters in the world - with 1.6 million fans attending MCD gigs here last year.

New figures from trade industry journal 'Pollstar' show that the number of music fans attending MCD gigs last year jumped by 450,000 to 1.6 million. As a result, MCD's place in the world's top 100 promoters jumped eight places to number eight on the charts.

MCD managing director Denis Desmond said: "We are very happy with 2017. It was a very good year for MCD."

He said that the live music business is cyclical and while 2018 doesn't look as good, 2019 is already shaping up to be a very strong year.

Mr Desmond said that MCD-promoted gigs this year included Taylor Swift's two dates at Croke Park along with Michael Buble's one night there as well.

On Taylor Swift booking a second night at GAA headquarters, Mr Desmond said: "Very few acts in the world can do two nights at Croke Park."

He added that tickets for the Picture This RDS gig on June 23 at "are selling like hotcakes".

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