You’ve made your predictions, picked your personal favorites and placed your bets. Now it’s time to see who emerged victorious at the 24th annual Pollstar Awards.
The crème de la crème of the concert industry descended upon Los Angeles’ Club Nokia at L.A. Live Feb. 7 where they networked, bellied up to the full-service bar, scarfed down the very expensive, catered delicacies and networked some more.
And some of them got to take very special items home with them – a coveted Pollstar Award.
Were there any surprises? Oh, sure. But perhaps the biggest surprise was the first-ever tie for the Bobby Brooks Award/Agent Of The Year.
Nominated by industry leaders and voted upon by concert professionals, here are the Pollstar Award winners for concert year 2012:
Major Tour Of The Year – Roger Waters
Most Creative Stage Production – Roger Waters
Best New Touring Artist – Alabama Shakes
Major Music Festival Of The Year – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Indio, CA)
Music Festival Of The Year – Newport Folk Festival (Newport, RI)
International Music Festival Of The Year – T In The Park (Scotland)
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.
July 14, 2012
Nightclub Of The Year – 9:30 Club (Washington, DC)
Theatre Of The Year – Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN)
Best New Major Concert Venue – Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Red Rocks Award / Best Small Outdoor Venue – Greek Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue – Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA)
Arena Of The Year – Madison Square Garden Arena (New York, NY)
9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
December 28, 2012
International Venue Of The Year – The O2 (London, UK)
Facility Executive Of The Year – Rena Wasserman (Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
Bill Graham Award / Promoter Of The Year – Jim Glancy (Bowery Presents)
Nightclub Talent Buyer Of The Year – Josh Moore (Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, New York, NY)
Talent Buyer Of The Year – Don Sullivan (Jam Productions)
International Promoter Of The Year – Rob Hallett (AEG Live)
The O2, London, UK
November 25, 2012
Booking Agency Of The Year – Creative Artists Agency
Independent Booking Agency Of The Year – The Windish Agency
Bobby Brooks Award / Agent Of The Year – (tie!) Chip Hooper (Paradigm) and Rod Essig (Creative Artists Agency)
Third Coast Agent Of The Year – John Huie (Creative Artists Agency)
UK Booking Agent Of The Year – Neil Warnock (The Agency Group)
Wrapping up his 2012 tour at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Calif.
October 20, 2012
Personal Manager Of The Year – Adam Tudhope (Mumford & Sons)
Road Warrior Of The Year – Gus Brandt (Foo Fighters)
Lighting Company Of The Year – Upstaging
Sound Company Of The Year – Clair
Staging / Equipment Company Of The Year – All Access Staging & Productions
Transportation Company Of The Year – Rock-It Cargo
Video Company Of The Year – Moo TV