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July 15, 2009

9:30 Club, Rams Head Live rank high on Pollstar's Top 100 Club list

seth hurwitz, 9:30 ClubTwo area clubs ranks high on music industry trade magazine Pollstar's list of the top 100 clubs around the world for the first half of this year.

The list is based on the number of tickets sold.

The No. 1 spot is, unsurprisingly, the 9:30 Club, with more than 135,000 tickets sold in six months. That's quite a bit more over the No. 2 spot, the Belgian club Ancienne Belgique, which sold 98,215.

Rams Head Live in Power Plant Live ranked sixth with 75.460 tickets sold, the Birchmere in Alexandria was 37th with 39,755 tickets sold, Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis was 43rd with 36,736.

But wait, there's more ...

The Recher Theatre in Towson was 85th 19.074 tickets sold and Main Stage @ Sonar was 96th with 16,034 tickets sold.

Some interesting facts: Rams Head On Stage holds about half as many people as Sonar's main stage. The 9:30 Club, which holds fewer people than Rams Head Live, has topped this list for the past couple years at least, if not more.

Here is a link where you can download the whole list. 

(Baltimore Sun archive photo of 9:30 Club owner Seth Hurwitz)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:03 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music



or is this list not available to us plebeians?

dave, I've never tried to do this before, but I think it worked. refresh this page and see if you can click on the link and download the file.

Weird. Shows at RH Live are always half empty when I go.

cool, that worked. thanks.

found last year's lists here.

I've fallen in love with the new Quarter (used to be the new Hammer Jacks). I like it much, much better than the Recher. Can't wait to see Aranda there with Tantric at the Quarter on the 2nd. Aranda does a fantastic version of "Dazed and Confused". I've only recently pulled myself out of the 80s, and it's in part to small places like this playing new (and some of the "old") music where you can get up close and personal with the band afterwards.

that explains why the last two times I've been to the 9:30 Club, it seems like they sold wau more tix than max capacity should be allowed in that place. I felt like a sardine.

I'll admit this is a shameless plug, but i'm really excited about this year's Ravens Kickoff party at Power Plant Live!... It's completely free to attend and Shinedown is the headliner with Aranda, Tantric and Halestorm opening up. Big thanks to the Ravens and 98Rock! Bruce, hope you can make it.

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