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Celine Dion breaks Barclaycard Arena record - raking in £2.9 million

By Simon Penfold | Birmingham | Birmingham entertainment | Published:

Céline Dion's two nights at the NEC's Barclaycard Arena were the biggest sellers in the venue's history, it has been revealed.

Nearly 24,000 people watched Celine Dion at the Barclaycard Arena. Pic by Chris Bowley

Her two dates in Birmingham generated the two highest single night gross takings in history at the venue, with nearly 24,000 fans flocking to see the singing star.

The concert on July 27 grossed £1.5 million which was the highest ever at the venue; the return date on August 3 grossed £1.4m, the second highest.

Combined, the two shows generated £2.9m gross revenue and played to 23,865 fans at Barclaycard Arena.

The star has wowed audiences across Europe this summer, playing to sell-out crowds and garnering rave reviews for her her first European tour in over eight years.

Celine played 25 shows in 15 cities across the UK and Europe, with the final show taking place in Glasgow on August 5.

Celine Dion played in Birmingham as part of her first European tour in eight years. Pic by Chris Bowley

Ian Congdon, head of NEC Group Arena sales said: “These figures prove why the City of Birmingham continues to be a key destination on the domestic and international touring circuit.

"Céline played one date with us in 2008, so selling for two in 2017, highlights just how strong our current arenas market is in the Midlands, and that we’re located in a city that can sell a high volume of tickets, quickly.

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“It has been an honour to host Céline and her team this summer, and the shows were nothing less than incredible – a testimony to her enduring popularity.

"The first date blew all records out of the water, the second, generated the second highest gross at the venue in our history. We are very much looking forward to her return again soon.”

John Meglen, president and co-CEO of tour promoters Concerts West said: "Audiences in Europe this summer got a chance to find out what visitors to her long-running residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas already know: Céline gets better with every performance.

"After massive shows in Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, and sold out football stadiums across France, Céline wrapped up with a record-setting run through the UK, with multiple nights in Leeds, Birmingham, London and Glasgow.

"We could not be more proud of this uniquely strong and talented performer. She really is the voice of our lifetime."

From next month the star will continue her Las Vegas residency, which saw her reach 1,000 performances in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in October last year.

Simon Penfold

By Simon Penfold
Business Editor - @SPenfold_star

Business Editor based at the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton, looking for stories big & small.

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