A 15-day festival run in Indio in 2016 brought in north of a quarter-billion dollars for concert promoter Goldenvoice and AEG Live.

Desert Trip grossed a record-breaking $160 million, according to Pollstar’s Year-End charts for 2016, released earlier today. Coachella grossed $94 million while Stagecoach grossed $25.4 million. That’s a total of $279 million for 15 days of music at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.

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This year’s Desert Trip was billed as a once-in-a-lifetime event, featuring Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Who. The festival took place over two weekends (Oct. 7-9 and 14-16) with 75,000 tickets sold each weekend and prices that ranged from $399 to $1599.

“The Desert Trip ticket sales gross is an interesting data point but, more importantly, this success underscores the bond and deep connection music fans have shared with these artists for over five decades,” AEG Live Chairman amd CEO Jay Marciano told Amplify.

Desert Trip set a new world single-event record at Pollstar for the monster festival. Add in the ancillary income, and the event likely clocked in north of $200 million.

Second on the chart was Coachella, which took place over two weekends (April 15-17 and 22-24) with 198,000 tickets sold and ticket prices between $399 to $899. Stagecoach was held April 29-May 1 and reported an attendance of 72,000 and ticket prices between $269 to $899. It was ranked fifth on Pollstar’s Worldwide Festival Grosses Chart.

AEG Live’s Barclaycard British Summer Time featuring Florence and the Machine, Carole King and Take That ranked third with a $31 million gross, while Another Planet Entertainment’s Outside Lands Festival came in fourth with a $25 million gross.

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