Friday, November 06, 2015

Foo Fighters, U2, Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Motley Crue Up For Major Pollstar Awards

The nominations for the 27th annual Pollstar Awards have been announced with Foo Fighters, U2 and the Grateful Dead all up in the two major categories.

All three artists have been nominated for Major Tour of the Year and Most Creative Stage Production. They will compete with the Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift for the Major Tour statue and Swift and Motley Crue for Stage Production.

Pollstar, the site that tracks the touring comings and goings of all levels of artists around the world, gives out awards in thirty categories; however, only four involve actual artists with the other two being Comedy Tour of the Year and Best New Touring Artist.

It is a bit surprising that the Grateful Dead were able to get nominations based on the fact that their "tour" consisted of only two cities, Santa Clara, CA for two shows and Chicago, IL for three shows. What is undeniable is that those five shows grossed some of the biggest numbers of the year, no matter the length of any of the tours.

Along with venues, executive, talent buyers, booking agents and other behind the scenes workers and companies, the awards also singles out festivals in three categories.

For the Major Music Festival of the Year, the nominees are Bonnaroo, Coachella, the Hangout Music & Beach Festival, Lollapalooza and the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival while in the category of Music Festival of the Year includes the Newport Folk Festival, the Pitchfork Music Festival, the Toronto Urban Roots Festival and the Treasure Island Festival.

For International Music Festival, the nominees are Bluesfest (Australia), Download (U.K.), Glastonbury (U.K.), Primavera Sound (Spain), Rock am Ring (Germany) and Roskilde (Denmark).

The winners will be announced on February 12.