Nine's The Number For Pink

Singer sets record for longest run of shows by solo performer at Sydney arena

  • by Bob Allen
  • Published: October 3, 2018

Pink recently completed the Oceania leg of her Beautiful Trauma world tour with a ninth performance at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, marking the longest run of shows ever for a solo artist at the arena during its 19-year history.

The pop star set a venue record for total tickets sold during one tour with 143,367 during her nine-show run. That surpassed the record set by Katy Perry, who drew 93,841 fans for six concerts during her Prismatic world tour in 2014.

In a statement, Qudos Bank Arena general manager Steve Hevern remarked “It is an amazing number of tickets sold by an amazing artist, and it’s a record that I believe will stand for a very long time.”

The three-time Grammy Award winner is accustomed to massive crowds Down Under. Performing multiple concerts at venues in Australia and New Zealand is the norm for her tours. According to Pollstar box office archives, Pink concerts in Oceania were attended by more than 1.3 million fans during her three most recent tours: I’m Not Dead (2007), Funhouse (2009) and The Truth About Love (2013). A total of 119 shows were reported during those treks with overall box office earnings at $127 million.

The current jaunt — supporting her seventh studio album, “Beautiful Trauma,” released in October 2017 — kicked off March 1, beginning with a stretch of North American dates through June 1. Her Oceania leg followed, starting July 3 in Perth, Australia, and finishing Sept. 19 with the Sydney finale.

Only a handful of box office counts have yet been reported for the Aussie run, promoted by Live Nation. In addition to the Sydney arena’s total tickets, overall sold seats at RAC Arena in Perth reached 59,553 for four shows, and Auckland’s Spark Arena moved 71,273 tickets for six concerts.

Pink will not resume the tour until March, when she is set to begin the trek’s final leg, a three-month, 33-city North American run through May 22.

  • by Bob Allen
  • Published: October 3, 2018