Paramount In Top 25… In The World!
The musicians who play at The Paramount are not the only ones climbing the charts. The downtown Huntington venue itself has been ranked one of the top 25 music clubs in the world based on ticket sales.
The Paramount was ranked no. 24 in a mid-year report of the top-selling music clubs in the world. The list, which ranks venues according to concert attendance from January to June 2013, was published by Pollstar Magazine, the concert industry’s leading trade publication.
Nearly 51,000 fans have walked through the venue’s doors in the first six months of 2013, putting the venue on track to pass last year’s final count of 98,000 tickets sold.
“The venue’s rapid climb in Pollstar’s international rankings, and the fact that performers continue to return, tell us we’re on the right track,” said Huntington’s Stephen Ubertini, co-owner of The Paramount. “It is always a great moment to hear such world-famous artists like Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty say, ‘This is one of the most amazing venues I have ever played,’ or Don Henley of The Eagles telling us, ‘I am blown away by the energy of the room.’ This is why we work so hard to make the experience so special – for the musicians and for their fans.”
Open for nearly two years, the 1,555-capacity venue has seen continued success, hosting at least 150 events a year, from concerts and comedy shows to boxing matches and community events. This year has already seen a host of sold-out shows, as well as The Paramount’s first venture into children’s programming, with Yo Gabba Gabba! and Clifford the Big Red Dog performing multiple days.
Paramount owners said a variety of factors account for the venue’s near-instant success, including the size and strength of the Long Island market, the fan experience, and the way in which The Paramount caters to artists by providing top-notch equipment and accommodations, including a private bathroom just off stage.
The owners also acknowledged the strong support of the local Long Island media, the Town of Huntington and partners at Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
“Our mission from day one at The Paramount has been to create an enjoyable concert experience that not only audiences, but artists also want to return to,” said Brian Doyle, co-owner of The Paramount and longtime concert industry veteran. “From the moment you walk through the doors, you are transported to another world as the energy of the room gives every concert-goer the feeling that they are in for an amazing show.”
Headed into the fall, The Paramount will welcome more world-famous, Grammy-winning artists to Huntington. Among them are jazz legend B.B. King, scheduled for an Oct. 19 show, and rock band The Fray, set to appear Oct. 23-24, as well as the band ZZ Top, who will make its first-time appearances at the venue Nov. 16-17. For more information, visit paramountny.com.
To be considered for a Pollstar list, venues must report to the publication, which makes separate lists for arenas, theaters, clubs, amphitheaters and stadiums.