Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena named among top ten live music venues in the world 

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Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena named among top ten live music venues in the world 

Michael Bublé - Qudos Bank Arena - 08/02/20.
Words by Staff Writer

Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena has solidified its standing among the global elite of live music venues.

In a resounding victory for Sydney’s live music scene (and Australia’s), Qudos Bank Arena has been named among the world’s elite, securing an impressive position in Billboard’s coveted top ten list of live music venues.

Standing tall as the sole representative from the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, Qudos Bank Arena has claimed the 7th position globally in the recently unveiled 2023 year-end box score charts. Notably, this recognition extends to venues with a capacity of 15,000 or more, excluding stadiums.

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In the company of some of the world’s most iconic venues such as New York’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena, Qudos Bank Arena has outshone the likes of Manchester’s AO Arena and Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre.

During the tracking period from November 2022 to September 2023, the arena recorded an impressive $79.4 million in ticket sales, hosting over 785,000 guests across 75 shows. Steve Hevern, General Manager of Qudos Bank Arena, expressed his pride, saying, “This is a testament to the resilience of the live entertainment industry in the post-Covid era and our team’s professionalism and devotion.”


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Qudos Bank Arena’s remarkable success underscores its pivotal role in the global music landscape, drawing massive crowds and significantly contributing to the industry’s economic tapestry.

Emerging onto the scene during the spirited Sydney Olympics in 2000, the arena, with its colossal capacity of 21,389, has become an international entertainment powerhouse. From uproarious comedy extravaganzas to awe-inspiring musical performances, Qudos Bank Arena has earned its status as one of the world’s premier music venues.

Billboard’s recent recognition solidifies what fans already know—this arena doesn’t just host a show; it commands the spotlight on a global scale.

Diversity is the name of the game at Qudos Bank Arena, featuring artists from Gabriel Iglesias to The Wiggles, and from Sam Smith’s phenomenal Gloria tour to the grand finale of 50 Cent’s ‘Final Lap Tour’ on 8 and 9 December 2023.

Qudos Bank Arena has long shone a spotlight on the crème de la crème of the music industry, hosting global music icons like Prince, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Motley Crue, Kendrick Lamar, Bruce Springsteen, Dua Lipa, Andrea Bocelli, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Billie Eilish, and Justin Bieber.

A true gem, Qudos Bank Arena has witnessed pivotal moments in history, connecting the dots between the awe-inspiring Sydney 2000 Olympics and record-breaking gigs featuring stars like P!NK, Bruno Mars, and Justin Timberlake.

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