New figures show that The O2 in Dublin is the second busiest concert venue in the world this year, beating the likes of New York's Madison Square Garden and London's Wembley Arena.

The figures from Pollstar Magazine show that only The O2 in London had bigger audiences in the first six months of 2011.

According to Pollstar, The O2 in Dublin had sales of 424,307 tickets, with The O2 in London selling 1,041,628 tickets. In third place was the Sportspaleis (Antwerp) with sales of 394,147.

Commenting, Mike Adamson, CEO of Live Nation Ireland, owners of The O2 Dublin, said: "It's hard not to be delighted when you achieve something like this. Obviously, ticket sales have been extremely good this year. The word definitively is out that The O2 Dublin is an excellent world-class venue for both audience and artist alike.

"One of the funniest men ever Peter Kay attracted the biggest comedy audience (54,000) in the history of the venue. Anyone who witnessed Roger Waters concert The Wall recently will confirm – a massive show that was a true spectacle in The O2's unique amphitheatre style auditorium."

Adamson added: "We won't get complacent about this. While we have shows booked in right through to November 2012, we will continue to make sure that the best and the biggest come to Ireland and play The O2."