LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Ticketmaster polled its global patrons of 200 million from its database to determine the most popular live events of 2018, with Asia phenomenon taking to top prize globally, while Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges knocked off “Hamilton,” Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift for the UK’s top spot.
Bridges got the nod for his recent show at the SSE Hydro during his sold-out “Brand New” tour. It is the first time a comedian has taken the top spot, according to Ticketmaster. Bridges’ recent tour earned him the ‘Gie It Laldy’ award from the Glasgow arena, recognizing his contribution to the live event industry, having sold more tickets to the venue than any other solo artist.
“Thank you to everybody who came out to see me live this year and a very special thank you to those who went as far as voting for me as their favorite show of the year,” Bridges said. “It’s been a while since the result of a vote has made me happy. You have restored my faith in democracy. Thank you all and see you another time.”
P!nk and The Spice Girls were named the most anticipated events of 2019, topping Muse, Fleetwood Mac and Take That.
“What an honor from my beautiful UK fans! A HUGE thank you to everyone that voted for the Beautiful Trauma tour as the Ticketmaster Most Anticipated Event for 2019,” Pink said. “It’s been nearly five years since I’ve toured the UK – I can’t wait to get back and party with all of you!”
BTS recently became the first Korean act to surpass 1 billion streams on Apple Music, and “Burn the Stage: The Movie” opened worldwide to nearly 1 million pre-sale tickets. The film broke a previous record held by One Direction, with 1.4 million admissions since its release.
UK TICKET OF THE YEAR 2018
- Kevin Bridges – The SSE Hydro
- Hamilton (UK) – Victoria Palace Theatre
- Ed Sheeran – Wembley Stadium
- Taylor Swift – Wembley Stadium
- Ed Sheeran – Hampden Park National Stadium
UK MOST ANTICIPATED EVENTS FOR 2019
- Spice Girls
- Fleetwood Mac
- Take That
GLOBAL TICKET OF THE YEAR 2018
- Ed Sheeran