(Australian Associated Press)
It’s nearly 200 years old, but Sydney’s Royal Easter Show is clearly doing something right and has come out on top as Ticketmaster’s best-selling event in Australia selling 850,000 tickets.
The ticket seller has revealed the results of its best-selling events of 2017 with the 12-day annual show taking out the top spot.
When it comes to music, it’s no surprise that British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has sold the most tickets for his current tour of the country – the highest-selling single concert tour in Australian history, which cracked a total of one million ticket sales across Australia and New Zealand.
But Ticketmaster has also found the old songs are the best, as the 2018 Red Hot Summer tour – featuring John Farnham, Suzi Quatro, The Angels and Daryl Braithwaite – was the best-selling festival for the ticket seller. And the top-selling Australian artists of the year are Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly and John Farnham.
The 2017 Australian Grand Prix was Ticketmaster’s best-selling sports event, with almost 300,000 racing fans attending the four-day Formula One event in Melbourne last year, while the hilarious Broadway show The Book Of Mormon is the year’s best-selling musical, with more than 45,000 tickets snapped up by the end of the first day of public sales in Sydney alone.
Queenslander Carl Barron continues to tickle funny-bones as the best-selling comedian for his show Carl’s Drinking With A Fork.
*Ticketmaster’s best-selling events:
# Sydney Royal Easter Show – overall best-seller
# 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – best-selling sports event
# Red Hot Summer Tour – best-selling festival event
# The Book of Mormon – best-selling musical event
# Ed Sheeran – best-selling musician
# Carl Barron – best-selling comedian
*Statistics were collected using data gathered by Ticketmaster Australasia throughout 2017.