Pollstar: Woodlands Pavilion Now World's No. 3 Amphitheater

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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, site of Sunday night's aromatic 311 show, has long been one of the country's busiest concert venues, usually ranking at or near the top in annual attendance.

Now it's officially one of the busiest in the world. In concert trade publication Pollstar's new survey of the world's 50 largest amphitheaters during the first six months of 2012, the Pavilion came in at No. 3 in ticket sales, ringing up 138,700 since January 1.

That ranking is even more impressive considering the venue's late-spring start time; the first show (and first sellout) of 2012 was Buzzfest XXVIII on April 21. Since then, according to a release from the Pavilion Monday morning, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett and One Direction also sold out.


Also consider this: Of the highest-grossing North American tours of 2012, also released by Pollstar Monday, only Matthews made the Top 10, at No. 9. Buffett made No. 19, and the Black Keys, who visited April 24, came in at No. 20.

Additionally, six tours in the Top 20 came through Toyota Center: Roger Waters (No. 2), Van Halen (No. 3), Drake (No. 6), Radiohead (No. 10), Coldplay (No. 12) and Nickelback (No. 14).

Obviously, this means a large number of Houstonians enjoy spending money on concerts (and parking, T-shirts, beer, etc.). This trend should only continue, with various classic rock greybeards (Chicago, Joe Cocker), Pitbull, Kiss and Motley Crue, Sublime With Rome, Jason Mraz, Def Leppard & Poison, Toby Keith, Florence + the Machine, Gotye and Jason Aldean -- still a very short list -- on tap in the weeks ahead.

No. 1 and No. 2 among venues in Pollstar's survey were the famous Red Rocks outside Denver and the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana. Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas was way down the list at No. 15.



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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Music

Toyota Center

1510 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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9 comments
Dylan Osborne
Dylan Osborne

That place sucks- way too much security. The last show I went to they had gotten to the point of checking people's socks. They had security all throughout the crowd. It was just a very bad vibe. And it was for the Black Keys.

Bro
Bro

 It may be popular but it still sucks. It's out in the sticks, tickets are usually overpriced, beer overpriced, concerts there typically attract a "bro" crowd, early curfew...

FastFrame Woodlands
FastFrame Woodlands

It's pretty fabulous when the Houston Symphony has free shows. And free use of lawn chairs.

Matthew Frederick
Matthew Frederick

Yeah it's a horrible venue if you are in the lawn.  They don't have the lawn speakers on anymore since people moved around the pavillion.  This makes for a horrible listening experience, because you can hear everyone around you talking while the show is going on.  I went to 311 last night in the middle of the lawn and felt cheated out of a good live show.  The music sounded like a dull roar.

Dennis F. Rothacker
Dennis F. Rothacker

In ticket sales it may be up there, but as far as actual facility goes, it's nowhere near the top. Coral Sky, Wolftrap and Great Woods are just three off the top of my head that are waaaayyy better...

Bella Dolce
Bella Dolce

Nine Inch Nails/Bauhaus or Depeche Mode, its a tough one to call.....

Eric Walls
Eric Walls

Cool place when the weather's nice. My show would be The Cure/Interpol from years back.

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