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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Riverdance phenomenon shows no sign of stopping as it dances around the globe to tune of €19.4m

Riverdance – first performed during the Eurovision in 1994 – has now been seen by more than 25 million people around the world
Riverdance – first performed during the Eurovision in 1994 – has now been seen by more than 25 million people around the world

Gordon Deegan

Riverdance last year clocked up more than $20m (€19.4m) in touring revenues as the entertainment phenomenon showed no sign of losing any of its world-wide appeal.

The show - spawned from a seven-minute interval performance at the 1994 Eurovision - celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. It has been seen by more than 25 million people.

New figures from trade industry journal Pollstar show that Riverdance recorded ticket sales of $20.6m in 2016 as a result of 207 performances in 45 cities around the world.

The figures show that Riverdance sold just under 350,000 tickets, with the average gross from each city totalling $458,199.

The average number of tickets sold for each performance last year was 7,715 and the average ticket price was $59.39. However, the $20.6m generated by Riverdance is a long way off the top. Last year, Bruce Springsteen topped the chart with $268m in ticket sales from the 2.4 million music fans who paid to see him.

Irish Independent

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