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A Year On The Road: 2016 In Numbers

They say the holidays are a time for reflection, and today we’re taking stock of the astronomical efforts undertaken by artists and their teams through the course of this year.

With the power of Songkick’s database, we can begin to make sense of the commitment and endeavor required to bring live music to fans across the globe. With more than 5 million events listed in Songkick’s archive, we’re able to calculate the number of shows every artist has played in a calendar year. What’s more, we can also measure the distance travelled between each venue on their routing, leaving us with a jaw-dropping representation a full year’s work.

So today we pay homage to some of our 21st century nomads. Months away from home, late nights, motels, bad takeout, gas stations, no sleep and hundreds of thousands of miles on the clock: please give it up for the bands who hit the road hardest this year.

Our 2014 champions have shown no sign of slowing down. The release of the critically-acclaimed (and wonderfully wordy) I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it has propelled them around the globe yet again. The band’s supporting tour encompassed 161 shows and more than 146,000 miles on the road — that’s more than half the distance to the moon. This number crowns The 1975 as the furthest-traveling artist in 2016.

Frank Turner

Music’s omnipresent troubadour tops the pile for shows played in 2016, with an astonishing 180 gigs in 23 different countries. Renowned for his heart-on-the-sleeve songwriting, epic fan base and relentless work ethic, Frank (and his Sleeping Souls) truly demolished this year, averaging one performance every 48 hours. From door to door, his 2016 adventure carried him 86,911 miles – equivalent to 3.5 laps of the planet.

Beach Slang

Beach Slang make touring look easy. Even with the major setback of having all their gear stolen right after wrapping in the US, forcing them to postpone the tour’s entire European leg, the Philly four-piece still rank 11th for the year. If that’s not dedication, we don’t know what is.

Whitney

If this were a high school basketball league, Whitney would be going home “most improved”. After playing their first 14 live shows at the tail end of last year, the Chicagoans made 2016 their own with no less than 152 performances. That’s basically a 1000% year on year increase, which is just crazy. Side note: Whitney’s first-ever show outside of the US took place in Songkick’s London office in February, which was excellent.

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Frank Turner

The 1975

Being As An Ocean

Whitney

Brothers Osborne

Tory Lanez

G-Eazy

Anthrax

Beach Slang

Foals

Twenty One Pilots

DMA's

Blossoms

Daugher

Amon Amarth

5 Seconds of Summer

The Joy Formidable

Justin Beiber

Jack Garratt