U2’s mammoth Vertigo tour is a finalist in four categories for the Billboard Touring Awards, the most of any outing this year. The outing is a finalist in the top tour, top draw and top Boxscore categories, and U2’s management company Principle Management is a finalist for top manager.
The Billboard Touring Awards recognize the year’s highest achievements in the concert industry. The awards, which are based on box-office data gathered from Billboard Boxscore reports from Nov. 24, 2004, through Sept. 30, 2005, will be presented at an Oct. 26 reception at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York that wraps the second annual Roadwork conference.
Neil Diamond and Kenny Chesney are also finalists in the top tour category, which reflects gross dollars. U2, Chesney and Dave Matthews Band are finalists in the top draw category, which reflects total attendance. Chesney’s A Place in the Sun tour is also in the running for top package.
Another multiple finalist is the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn., which is among the leading performers in the top Boxscore and top festival categories.
The breakthrough act award recognizes an artist or band in its first decade that cracks the top 25 tours listings for the first time. Coldplay and Rascal Flatts fit that description this year.
Finalists in the top manager and top agency categories are based on the combined totals of all the acts they represent in the top 25 tours.
As previously reported, the Dave Matthews Band will receive Roadwork ’05’s Humanitarian Award for the band’s philanthropic efforts. Pioneering promoter Jack Boyle, chairman emeritus for Clear Channel Entertainment and founder of Cellar Door Concerts, will receive the Legend of Live Award.
For more information on Roadwork ’05, visit billboardevents.com.