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One D and Beyonce make it a €32m year for O2 box office

Sell-OUT shows by One Direction and Beyonce helped generate a 6pc increase in box-office receipts to €31.97m at the O2 in Dublin last year.

Figures released by music industry trade journal Pollstar show that 673,577 fans visited the O2 last year, making it the ninth most popular arena venue in the world.

The 2013 numbers represent an 8.5pc or 53,022 increase on the 620,555 who attended concerts at the 14,500-capacity arena in 2012.

RANKINGS

However, despite the increase in punters going through the doors, the O2 dropped five places from its number four position achieved in 2012 in the Pollstar rankings of best-attended arenas in the world.

The numbers attending the O2 compare well with the 357,705 at the Odyssey arena in Belfast last year.

Numbers at the best-attended arena in the world, the O2 in London, increased by 35pc to 2.12 million.

The US-based Pollstar figures put the O2 in Dublin comfortably ahead of the likes of New York's Madison Square Garden.

Box office receipts of €31m generated at the O2 in Dublin followed €30m taken at the venue in 2012.

The Pollstar figures show the highest-grossing series of gigs was staged by singer Michael Buble, whose five July shows brought in €3.87m.

The shows were sell-outs, with ticket prices ranging from €60 to €75 for the 40,487 fans who paid to see the Canadian star.

The most lucrative gigs at the O2 were staged last May by Beyonce and Billy Joel.

Beyonce's two sell-out shows, which were seen by 25,536 fans, generated €2.09m. Billy Joel's one night at the O2 in November made €1.081m.

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was not too far behind, with his two September shows generating €1.5m.

The figures show that One Direction, featuring Mullingar star Niall Horan, generated €1.4m from their four shows last March which were seen by 35,241 fans.

Irish band The Script generated €1.46m at the box office for three shows last February and March. The figures show that Boyzone last November generated €255,250.

Fleetwood Mac spent a couple of lucrative nights in the capital, with the reformed group making €1.52m at the O2 box office from two sold-out September gigs.

DRAW

English group Depeche Mode's sold-out gig in November earned €923,769.

Beyonce was a far bigger draw than her husband, Jay Z, who generated €564,960 at the O2 box office in October.

The most recent filed accounts show the O2 recorded pre-tax profits of €5.83m in 2012.

Figures show that 77 events were staged at the venue last year, including 10 'no box office' events.

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