Steps are second and Westlife third in PRS For Music's list

JLS have been named as the hardest-working band of 2012 – after they played 34 gigs last year.

Despite the boyband’s schedule not seeming to be excessively punishing or exhausting, the Independent says that they were given the accolade by PRS For Music because they headlined more major shows than any other act last year.

Although it’s unclear what specific criteria was used as a basis for the decision, it would appear that the size and scale of gigs were given more weight than the number of overall shows played. JLS have now won the award for two years in a row.

“We’re delighted to once again be crowned the hardest-working band of the year,” said JLS. “2012 has been an awesome 12 months for us and it means a lot that so many of our fans have had a chance to see us perform live. Thanks again for the support and we look forward to doing more in 2013.”

Meanwhile, PRS for Music spokesman Barney Hooper said: “JLS have once again demonstrated that they truly know how to engage with their massive fan base, performing live to as many of them as possible. Gigging is as important for the biggest performers as those starting out and it’s great to see that it is thriving in the UK.”

Elsewhere in the list, Westlife came second after playing 31 arena shows while Steps were in third with 25 gigs. Olly Murs and Florence And The Machine rounded out the Top Five by playing 21 and 17 gigs each respectively.

JLS competed in the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008 and released their most recent studio album, ‘Evolution’, in November 2012.