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Pollstar is a trade publication for the concert industry.[1] It gets its information primarily from the agents, managers and promoters who produce concerts.[2]

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CategoriesTrade magazine
Year founded1981
CompanyOak View Group
Based inUntil May 31, 2018 Fresno, California

It was purchased by Oak View Group, a venue consultancy founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff, in July 2017.[3]

History and profileEdit

Founded in 1981 in Fresno, California, Pollstar is a trade publication that covers the concert industry in the United States and internationally.[4] They supply information to professional concert promoters, booking agents, artist managers, facility executives and other entities involved in the live entertainment business. Pollstar produces a weekly print magazine for industry professionals and publishes on their website.

Pollstar previously operated a separate website for professionals,[5] but later announced it would merge the site with[6]

Today, Pollstar has an office in London and correspondents in six countries. The magazine is a member of the Associated Press (AP). Its subscribers receive the weekly magazine and access to its online databases.[1]

In May 2018, Pollstar announced it was moving its headquarters from Fresno to Los Angeles.[7] Later, in June 2018, co-founder and editor-in-chief, Gary Bongiovani, retired from the publication.[7]

Pollstar holds an annual award ceremony to honor artists and professionals in the concert industry.[8][9][10] In 2019, Pollstar used box office performance to determine winners of their awards for the first time.[4] Previously, winners were chosen by industry voters.[4]

Pollstar also produces Pollstar Live!, a three-day concert industry conference at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.[11] Originally titled the CIC - Concert Industry Consortium,[12] it brings together a mix of talent buyers, venue managers, artist agents and managers.[citation needed] Conference speakers have included Garth Brooks, Jon Bon Jovi, Eddy Cue and Michael Rapino.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Pollstar is the Concert Industry's leading business trade publication, publishing for more than 25 years". Music Week. October 24, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2011.[dead link]
  2. ^ "U2 tour was hottest ticket of 2009 in North America". BBC. December 31, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "It's official: Oak View Group acquires Pollstar". IQ Magazine. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Paradigm Agency Win Big at Pollstar Awards". Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  5. ^ "Oak View Group Acquires Pollstar". VenuesNow. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  6. ^ "Pollstar Sale Hits a Snag With Massive Website Project". Amplify. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  7. ^ a b "Pollstar Moving From Fresno to Oak View Group's HQ; Co-Founder to Retire". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  8. ^ "Morning Report; ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT REPORTS FROM THE TIMES, NEWS SERVICES AND THE NATION'S PRESS". Los Angeles Times. February 13, 2002. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  9. ^ Caro, Mark (January 24, 1992). "Cubby Bear named venue of the year by Pollstar". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  10. ^ Hunkin, Joanna (December 5, 2007). "Vector Arena nominated for top concert venue award". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  11. ^ Baltin, Steve; Baltin, Steve (2019-02-13). "Dave Grohl Compares Billie Eilish to Nirvana in 1991". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  12. ^ "Pollstar announces inaugural Pollstar Live! conference for 2010". TicketNews. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  13. ^ Staff, Variety; Staff, Variety (2018-02-09). "Pollstar Conference Draws Top Talent, Live Music Luminaries and a Little Controversy". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-28.

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