A look back at the most popular UK events of 2019
Philip Mak - December 10, 2019

A look back at the most popular UK events of 2019

From boxing to BTS, this year’s biggest concerts, theatre shows and sporting events
Most popular UK events in 2019

We’ve rounded up the biggest UK events based on StubHub ticket sales to create our unofficial "Most Popular UK Live Events 2019" list.

From Glasgow to Manchester to London, the last 365 days have certainly been non-stop for things to do and see. In 2019, British fans enjoyed some pretty incredible events including the reunion of the Spice Girls, England and Wales hosting the 2019 Cricket World Cup, the first-ever MLB London, saw the return of American comedian Jerry Seinfeld as well as one of the biggest stage tours of the year from musical star and actor Hugh Jackman.

So how did we find the top UK events of 2019? First, we looked at which things British fans actually attended. Then, we ranked them based on the number of tickets sold on StubHub between 1 January and 1 December 2019. Easy as A-Be-there-C, right?

Keep reading to see StubHub’s unofficial list of the top UK events of 2019.

The biggest UK sporting events in 2019

Want to score some extra points at Christmas parties this holiday season? Make a social power play by telling people what the biggest UK sporting events of 2019 were. According to StubHub ticket sales, boxing was the most popular sport of the year.

It was followed by the massive NFL London 2019. Another American import on the list was the inaugural MLB London, which got Brits out to the ballgame. Naturally, there were plenty of homegrown favourites as well including England and Wales hosting the Cricket World Cup as well as staples like The Ashes, Six Nations and the World Darts Championships. 

Top UK sporting events of 2019

  1. Boxing*
  2. NFL London
  3. Cricket World Cup
  4. The Ashes
  5. MLB London
  6. Six Nations
  7. World Darts Championships
  8. Giants Live Strongman*
  9. Nitto ATP Tennis
  10. Aviva Premiership Rugby Finals*

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The biggest UK concerts in 2019

As a nation, we really came out to support British acts this year. Among the top 10 biggest UK concerts of 2019, half were born in Britain including the Spice Girls, Liam Gallagher, Little Mix, Lewis Capaldi and Elton John.

While the rest of the concerts lists includes North American boppers like Ariana Grande and Drake, BTS notably rounded out the top five. The K-pop band enjoys massive popularity here and bucks the trend of acts from the western world.

Top UK concerts of 2019

  1. Spice Girls
  2. Liam Gallagher
  3. Ariana Grande
  4. Little Mix
  5. BTS
  6. Drake
  7. Lewis Capaldi
  8. Elton John
  9. Pink
  10. Billie Eilish

Love UK music festivals? Check out StubHub’s article Top virtual music festivals in 2020: #BeThereFromHome

The biggest UK summer festivals in 2019

If you read our article on the 10 best UK festivals in 2019, the below group should come as no surprise. This year’s list had some incredible lineups to get people into the fields and up the front row, including living pop music legends like Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand BST Hyde Park as well as more standard electro-DJ options like deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia and Martin Garrix at Creamfields.

Top UK summer festivals of 2019

  1. We Are FSTVL*
  2. Eastern Electrics*
  3. BST Hyde Park
  4. Wireless
  5. All Points East
  6. Summertime ball
  7. Reading
  8. South West Four
  9. Creamfields
  10. Leeds Festival

The biggest UK comedy shows in 2019

Even the laughs were bigger in 2019. The most notable comedy shows on StubHub UK were decidedly very British — keep cackling and carry on, as they say. It seems we love a good homegrown ha-ha. Among the funnymen —and yes, unfortunately it was all men— on the list, only two were not British: Tim Minchin of Australia and Jerry Seinfeld from America. 


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Top UK comedy shows of 2019

  1. Jack Whitehall
  2. Romesh Ranganathan
  3. Tim Minchin
  4. Rhod Gilbert
  5. Ricky Gervais
  6. Russell Howard
  7. Eddie Izzard
  8. Jimmy Carr
  9. Rob Beckett
  10. Jerry Seinfeld

The biggest UK theatre shows in 2019

The British stage was all the rage in 2019, with the top UK theatre events of the year including notable tours from Hugh Jackman, Strictly Come Dancing and Marvel Universe Live. The rest were mostly shows that are currently or were previously on the London West End like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Les Miserables and The Lion King.

Top UK theatre events of 2019

  1. Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show.
  2. Strictly Come Dancing
  3. Marvel Universe Live UK Tour
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  5. Les Miserables
  6. The Lion King
  7. Magic Mike
  8. TINA — The Tina Turner Musical 
  9. School of Rock
  10. The Lehman Trilogy

*StubHub had a partnership with this event or series