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

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

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 Pollstar.com.[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.[13] Conference speakers have included Garth Brooks, Jon Bon Jovi, Eddy Cue, Michael Rapino, and Nicki Minaj.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b "Pollstar is the Concert Industry's leading business trade publication, publishing for more than 25 years". Music Week. October 24, 2008. Archived from the original on September 2, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  2. ^ "U2 tour was hottest ticket of 2009 in North America". BBC News. 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". Yahoo! Finance. 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 (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. ^ Frankenberg, Eric (February 14, 2019). "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger: Touring Executives Discuss 'The Great Slump of 09' & Its Lasting Impact at Pollstar Live!". Billboard. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  14. ^ "Pollstar Conference Draws Top Talent, Live Music Luminaries and a Little Controversy". Variety. 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  15. ^ Hissong, Samantha (February 6, 2020). "Nicki Minaj Sounds Off on Trump, Regrets and Fake Retirement in Wild Talk". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 18, 2021.

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