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Big Year Down Under

MELBOURNE, Victoria (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Australia's live performance sector posted a big year, with more than $1.3 billion in revenue with more than 17.2 million people attending shows.

According to industry trade association Live Performance Australia (LPA) overall, revenue grew 22.6% to $1.3 billion, while attendances grew 13.5% to 17.2 million paid and unpaid tickets.

CEO Evelyn Richardson of LPA said the stand-out sectors were Non-Classical (contemporary) Music up 43.1% for revenue and up 50.1% for attendance, Musical theatre up 13% for attendance and 6.3% for revenue, and Circus & Physical Theatre up 15.1% for revenue and 34.1% attendance.

"The strong revenue and attendance figures reflect Australians’ appetite for live performance and in particular the festival and music sectors." Richardson said. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers