Venues Vie For Pollstar Awards

Nominees announced for 30th edition; awards to be given out Feb. 13

  • by VN Staff
  • Published: December 5, 2018

New York and Washington, D.C., dominate the Nightclub of the Year category, one of several venue-centric groups of nominees announced last week for the 30th annual Pollstar Awards.

Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Bowl and Brooklyn Steel and Manhattan’s Irving Plaza face off against Washington’s 9:30 Club and The Anthem in the category, leaving Chicago’s Thalia Hall to carry the banner for the rest of the U.S.

The winners’ trophies will be handed out at a ceremony concluding the Pollstar Live! Conference, which runs Feb. 11-13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The awards, presented by Live Nation, recognize the most successful artists, executives, venues, events and companies in the global live entertainment business.

Other venue-related categories include Theatre of the Year, Arena of the Year, Best Outdoor Concert Venue, Best New Concert Venue, Venue Executive of the Year, Music Festival Over 30K Capacity, and Music Festival Under 30K Capacity, whose nominees are listed below. Other categories and nominees can be found here.

The 2018 Pollstar Award nominees were selected by a panel of more than 2,000 agents, managers, promoters, venue operators and professionals who work in the live entertainment industry. While the Pollstar Awards will remain predominantly an industry peer-voted honor, Pollstar will for the first time use its box office data in designating winners for certain awards with a weighting of 30 percent (15 percent Average Gross Revenue and 15 percent Average Ticket Sales) applied to vote total to determine final winners.

Nightclub of the Year
Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, N.Y.
9:30 Club | Washington, D.C.
The Anthem | Washington, D.C.
Irving Plaza | New York
Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, N.Y.
Thalia Hall | Chicago

Theatre of the Year
Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, Tenn.
Radio City Music Hall | New York
Beacon Theatre | New York
Chicago Theater | Chicago
Fox Theater Oakland | Oakland, Calif.
Fox Theatre Atlanta | Atlanta
Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland | Kansas City, Mo.
   
Arena of the Year
The Forum | Inglewood, Calif.
Madison Square Garden Arena | New York
Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, Tenn.
Staples Center | Los Angeles
Barclays Center | Brooklyn, N.Y.
Golden 1 Center | Sacramento, Calif.
02 Arena | London

Best Outdoor Concert Venue
Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, Colo.
Hollywood Bowl | Los Angeles
Forest Hills Stadium | Queens, N.Y.
Greek Theatre | Los Angeles
Ascend Amphitheatre | Nashville, Tenn.
Gorge Amphitheatre | George, Wa.
Merriweather Post Pavilion | Columbia, Md.

Best New Concert Venue
The Sylvee | Madison, Wis.
Avenir Centre | Moncton, New Brunswick
Fiserv Forum | Milwaukee
The Rooftop at Pier 17 | New York
Metropolitan Opera House | Philadelphia
The Armory | Minneapolis
Elsewhere | Brooklyn, N.Y.

Venue Executive of the Year
Keith Sheldon, Barclays Center
Jeff Nickler, BOK Center
David Kells, Bridgestone Arena
Laurie Jacoby, Madison Square Garden
Chris Wright, Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
James Rasmussen, Golden 1 Center
Becky Colwell, Greek Theatre

Music Festival Over 30K Capacity
Coachella | Indio, Calif.
Lollapalooza | Chicago
Stagecoach | Indio, Calif.
Austin City Limits Music Festival | Austin, Texas
Bonnaroo | Manchester, Tenn.
BottleRock Napa Valley | Napa, Calif.
Outside Lands | San Francisco

Music Festival Under 30K Capacity
Newport Folk Festival | Newpork, R.I.
The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival | Gulf Shores, Ala.
Desert Daze | Lake Perris, Calif.
Forecastle | Louisville, Ky.
Moon River | Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Ohana Fest | Dana Point, Calif.

  • by VN Staff
  • Published: December 5, 2018