More Than 1 Million People Attended Concerts In London Last Week

A new report from the London Assembly reveals that more than 1 million people attended live music events in the British capital last week.

The city welcomed a number of high-profile musicians and performers including Maroon 5, The Weeknd, Blur and The 1975, bringing in north of £320 million in ticket sales and secondary spend—food, drinks and additional merchandise—according to London’s Music Venues Trust.

British Summer Time Festival also took over London’s Hyde Park last week, where 60,000 people clamored to see Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel each night. Over 80,000 people attended Wembley Stadium each night for concerts from Blur, Mötley Crüe, and Def Leppard.

The Weeknd set a new attendance record at London Stadium, when 160,000 people came to see his “After Hours Til Dawn Tour” over two nights on Friday and Saturday.

In addition to reaffirming London’s status as a live music mecca, the massive string of concerts has brought tens of thousands of visitors to the city from other parts of the UK and overseas, helping to bolster the London economy by spending money in hotels, restaurants and other cultural attractions.

Speaking about “London’s five-star summer,” Mayor Sadiq Khan said, “London has been abuzz with excitement over the last week, and given everything that happened during the pandemic, it’s genuinely fantastic that over a million people were able to see brilliant live music last week.”

According to the report, the mayor is also “encouraging Londoners and visitors to enjoy local grassroots venues that play a pivotal role in helping London’s talent to thrive.”

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