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Ed Sheeran breaks U2’s record for the highest grossing tour of all time

Ed Sheeran breaks U2’s record for the highest grossing tour of all time as his Divide concerts take in a massive £607million

  • The singer’s Divide tour has generated $736million (£607million) over two and a half years with 12 shows still left to go 
  • U2’s 360 Tour originally set the record with $735.4 million (£605 million) on July 30, 2011
  • On May 24 in France, the Divide tour topped U2’s attendance record of 7.3 million with a total attendance at 7,315,970 
  • The tour’s ticket prices were 14.2 per cent lower than U2’s $101.15 average for their 360 Tour which ran for 110 shows 
  • While U2’s tour focused exclusively on stadiums, Ed also played several smaller venues 

Ed Sheeran‘s Divide tour is set to make history and surpass U2’s 360 Tour as the highest grossing tour of all time.

Pollstar has forecasted that Ed’s Divide tour would surpass the record previously set by U2 during his show in Messegelände in Hannover, Germany.

The performance will be the 246th show for the Shape of You singer’s tour which has been going on for two and a half years.

Success: Ed Sheeran's Divide tour is set to make history and surpass U2's 360 Tour as the highest grossing tour of all time (pictured in May 2017)

Success: Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour is set to make history and surpass U2’s 360 Tour as the highest grossing tour of all time (pictured in May 2017) 

Pollstar forecasts the tour’s total gross will reach $736.7 million (£607million), surpassing U2’s record $735.4 million (£605 million) set on July 30, 2011. 

In a statement, Ed said: ‘I just found out the Divide tour is now the highest-grossing tour of all time, this is amazing!

The hitmaker expressed gratitude to his legions of fans across the world who have made the record-breaking feat possible. 

‘I feel very lucky to have experienced all of the wonderful countries and crowds over the past two and a half years. Thank you to the fans and everyone who made it possible.’

Record: Pollstar has forecasted that Ed's Divide tour would surpass the record previously set by U2 during his show in Messegelände in Hannover, Germany  (pictured in October 2018)

Record: Pollstar has forecasted that Ed’s Divide tour would surpass the record previously set by U2 during his show in Messegelände in Hannover, Germany  (pictured in October 2018) 

The Divide tour’s total shows are forecasted at 255 running from March 16 2017 to August 26 2019 with the final four shows taking place in Ipswich, England.

The tour’s ticket prices were 14.2 per cent lower than U2’s $101.15 average for their 360 Tour which ran for 110 shows. 

On May 24 in France, the tour topped U2’s attendance record of 7.3 million with a total attendance at 7,315,970. 

Tour: The performance will be the 246th show for the Shape of You singer's tour which has been going on for two and a half years  (pictured in July 2019)

Tour: The performance will be the 246th show for the Shape of You singer’s tour which has been going on for two and a half years  (pictured in July 2019) 

The large number of Divide shows meant Ed’s tour surpassed U2’s total attendance record earlier than the gross sales record despite having a lower attendance rate per show of 34,541 to U2’s 66,091. 

While U2’s tour focused exclusively on stadiums, Ed also played several smaller venues over the two and a half years. 

‘What Ed has accomplished is truly incredible,’ said his manager Stuart Camp. ‘I thought we might have a shot at having the highest attendance record but not the highest grossing tour.’

Shows: The tour's ticket prices were 14.2% lower than U2’s $101.15 average for their 360 Tour which ran for 110 shows (U2 pictured in July 2018)

Shows: The tour’s ticket prices were 14.2% lower than U2’s $101.15 average for their 360 Tour which ran for 110 shows (U2 pictured in July 2018) 

He added it was ‘humbling’ for Ed and his team to be mentioned in the same sentence as a band like U2. 

‘I don’t think there’s much of a coincidence that my favorite band growing up was U2. 

‘I’m not putting us at that level because they’ve obviously maintained their career for much longer, but to even be in the same ballpark as them or spoken in the same sentence with a touring act like that is very humbling.’

The top five highest grossing concert tours of all time 

1. Ed Sheeran: Divide Tour (2017-present) – $736.7 million (£607million)

2. U2:  360 Tour (2009-2011)  – $735.4 million (£605 million)

3. Guns N’ Roses: Not In This Lifetime… Tour (2016-present) – $563.3million (£463.35million)

4. The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang Tour (2005-07) – $558.2million (£459.1million)

5. Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams Tour (2016-17) – $523million (£430million)

 

Daily Mail UK

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