Here’s Where Music Fans Are Traveling Abroad for Shows

New data shows music lovers are getting extra adventurous in their concert-going habits.

Buda Mendes/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management
Buda Mendes/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management
Buda Mendes/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

This year, different news outlets reported about a rising phenomenon in the music and culture scene.

People are increasingly traveling abroad to go see their favorite artists-and with good reason. Whether it is to save some money since US ticket prices are that expensive (remember when Bad Bunny tickets went on sale for $800?) or to just catch two birds with one stone and make an international trip out of it, music fans across the world have been determined to go to different countries in the name of music throughout 2023.

The data agrees. StubHub, a digital marketplace for events, just released its 2023 Year in Live Experiences report, which highlights all the most crucial trends of the year in relation to live events. According to the report, traveling for live events is one of the top trends that characterized 2023, and American fans in particular are taking part in the trend.

According to the report, travel to international events by US buyers increased by 80% in 2023 compared to last year, and Americans purchased more tickets for international events on the platform than fans from any other country. 

But where exactly are these fans going? The report also ranked which international cities are attracting the most US ticket buyers, and some clear trends emerged. 

Based on 2023 data, Toronto was the top international destination for US concert-goers, followed by Madrid and Montreal, proving that Canada and Spain are dominating the market. Read on for the full top 10:

1. Toronto
2. Madrid
3. Montreal
4. Barcelona
5. London
6. Vancouver
7. Amsterdam
8. Rome
9. Frankfurt
10. Tokyo

For more live event travel insights, you can read the full Stubhub report here.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. She will beg you not to put pineapple on pizza. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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