All of our businesses continue to grow as we see ongoing strong global demand, with positive indicators on consumer spending for live events. Against this backdrop we are building global market share in concerts and ticketing, attracting new brands to our sponsorship and advertising platform, and have now fully aligned artist management with the rest of the company. As a result, our revenue was up 7% for the first six months of the year with adjusted operating income, or AOI, up 6%, with all four segments growing both top line and profitability through the first two quarters. Operating income would be up 27% for the first six months if not for higher gains related to asset disposals last year; on a reported basis, our operating income was down 33% for this period.
As we are now well into the third quarter and have sufficient visibility into the rest of the year, I am confident that we will have another record year in 2014 and deliver our planned revenue, AOI and free cash flow growth for the year and into 2015. Overall we have sold over 42 million tickets for shows this year through July, up 3% from this point last year. We are expecting our festival and stadium activity this year to be very strong in the third quarter, driving a record-setting Concerts attendance of approximately 23 million fans in the quarter, giving us confidence that the lower attendance in the second quarter is simply timing within the year.
We have also sold nearly 80% of our planned Sponsorship & Advertising for the year through July. Total contracted sponsorship revenue is up 11% from this point last year, and we are now driving the online advertising growth needed to deliver on our full year growth expectations. In Ticketing, the rapid growth of secondary ticketing and the shift of ticket purchasing to mobile, along with continued net client renewal rates of over 100%, position Ticketmaster better than ever. The alignment of our artist management business continues to build, and we expect over 40% growth in major artist shows promoted by
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