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CTS Eventim-run Waldbuehne Berlin breaks attendance record

Waldbuehne Berlin, which is run by ticketing firm CTS Eventim, has recorded an all-time high in attendance for 2017.

The open-air amphitheatre welcomed more than 350,000 attendees across 22 events, with eight of those completely selling out.

The 22,000-capacity venue was pegged as the most successful amphitheatre in ticket sales for the first three quarters of 2017, according to Pollstar rankings.

Three artists which sold out twice at the arena were Robbie Williams, P!nk and Udo Lindenberg. Other top acts included Aerosmith, Andreas Gabalier, Kings of Leon and Marius Mueller-Westernhagen.

The Peace x Peace charity festival on June 18 raised a total of €413,7517 for children in conflict areas and warzones. The event welcomed crowds to enjoy music by Beginner, Bilderbuch, Freundeskreis, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Samy Deluxe, Miss Platnum, Grossstadtgefluester, Andreas Bourani, and Yvonne Catterfeld.

CTS Eventim executive vice president, Rainer Appel, said: “It’s great how the Waldbuehne Berlin has developed over the past years. By now it is not just the leading European open-air location, but also a front-runner worldwide. Once again, we’d like to thank the artists, promoters and visitors who together with us made 2017 another record year for the Waldbuehne.”

In addition, classical musician Ludovico Einaudi played his only open-air concert in 2017, while the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra played with star conductor, Gustavo Dudamel at the venue. Meanwhile, soprano singer Anna Netrebko, and internationally celebrated tenor Yusif Eyvazov played their only concert together in Germany.

In August, CTS Eventim said “booming” ticket sales helped it achieve double-digit growth in revenue and a hike in earnings during the first half of 2017.

In a trading update, the Germany-headquartered company said revenue, boosted by both its ticketing and live entertainment divisions, grew by 16 per cent year-on-year to €489m (£450m/$580m) in the six months to June 30.

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