The 2023 summer concert and festival season is in full swing, with top artists bringing stellar worldwide tours and massive events delivering packed bills to fan fields. So what are some of the hottest season tickets? StubHub shed light on the question with a preview of its annual summer tour, and dumped ticket sales data for shows now taking place through Labor Day (September 4).
It should come as no surprise that women rule summer, considering that both Taylor Swift and Beyoncé are out on the road. These two artists head StubHub’s Top 10 In-Call Artists of the Summer, and their ticket sales lead to this season being “a record for live music,” according to StubHub spokesperson Adam Bodelli.
Swift’s ticket has been a hot commodity for longer than some Swifties have been, but “The Eras Tour” is truly the singer’s strongest outing yet. The trip’s summer dates tripled the total summer date sales of Swift’s 2018 “Reputation Tour”; With the new dates announced in Mexico and South America, that number is sure to go even higher. At number one, this is Swift’s third time topping StubHub’s list, having previously claimed the number one spot in 2015 and 2018.
The BeyHive is also in effect, increasing sales of Beyoncé’s “Renaissance Tour” by 120% compared to last selling figures for her co-headlining “On the Run II” tour with JAY-Z back in 2018. Even P! NK is getting in on the action, with her 33-day “Summer Carnival” trip earning her a spot first on StubHub’s report. Together, the three female artists in the top 10 outperform the men by 50%.
These guys include acts like Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Ed Sheeran, and The Weeknd (appearing first on the list). Texas’ King George Strait ranks as the sixth most in-demand artist despite only seven shows scheduled, proof that the state is once again a hot summer party ticket. Among the top 25 world concerts this summer, George Strait’s June 24 show in Denver with Chris Stapleton is the only event that isn’t a Taylor Swift concert.