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U.K. Arenas See Ticket Sales Hike

LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The leading U.K. arenas have reported an 11% hike in visitors for all events in 2006 with a total of 8.3 million, and the total number of ticket sales jumping 11% to 5.9 million.

The study, by the 16-venue National Arena Association, which includes London's 12,300-capacity Wembley Arena, showed that pop concerts accounted for 2.03 million of the total attendance for U.K. music shows last year, with 1.96 million for rock gigs and 1.66 million for classical concerts, according to Billboard.

The remaining attendance figures, based on ticket sales, were for family-oriented and variety shows.

Disney on Ice led the rankings with 124 shows during the year, followed by the BBC Proms classical concerts with 73 performances.

Pop group Take That came in second for total ticket sales at 294,318, behind Disney on Ice’s 544,583.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers topped the list for average audience size, drawing 18,116 fans per show. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers