These are the ‘hardest touring’ bands and artists of 2018

Who gigs the hardest?

The ‘hardest touring’ bands and artists of 2018 have been revealed – based on the amount of gigs they played and miles they travelled according to research.

The data was gathered by Norman Records, who collated data from the top 1,000 artists on Songkick and then cross-referenced across over gig listing sites to see just how much artists had been gigging across the last year.

“It’s a golden age for live music, with artists hitting the road more often and for longer stretches,” said a spokesman from Norman Records. “Getting sweaty with a bunch of like-minded fans provides the tangible experience lacking in an age where algorithms dominate listening habits. Which got us thinking. Who are the hardest touring artists?”

They continued: “The answers surprised us. We crunched some numbers based on the 1,000 most popular artists on Songkick this November and December. From that data we’ve cobbled together a bunch of Top 10s from across six loosely-defined genres – rock, metal, dance, electronic, hip-hop, and good old singer-songwriters – to reveal the hardest-gigging artists of 2018.

“Whether you love them, loathe them, have never heard of them, or are just plain indifferent towards their existence, you’ve got to respect the work ethic.”

Overall, metal band Shinedown came out on top – having played 136 gigs and travelled 47470 miles throughout the year. It was found that rock, metal and hip-hop artists had travelled the furthest of acts from other genres.

The research provided may not be entirely inclusive however, as Frank Turner has been in touch to reveal that he played 166 gigs in 2018.

Check out the hardest touring bands by each genre below.

Rock/Indie

Artist ▲▼ # of Gigs ▲▼ Miles Travelled (2018) ▲▼ Miles Travelled (Career) ▲▼
Escape the Fate 131 81539 618293
Sleeping With Sirens 110 69836 443998
Portugal. The Man 106 69638 745537
Foreigner 105 60949 911417
Milky Chance 103 61851 368906
The Wombats 102 81105 702136
Dashboard Confessional 101 46480 592538
alt-J 101 65381 632519
Editors 101 54025 534268
Franz Ferdinand 98 85830 881538

Hip-hop

Artist ▲▼ # of Gigs ▲▼ Miles Travelled (2018) ▲▼ Miles Travelled (Career) ▲▼
Tech N9ne 132 46057 506813
Migos 121 52604 392616
G-Eazy 101 38470 384186
Playboi Carti 100 66936 194580
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony 92 85790 671655
Tory Lanez 88 38675 319300
Travis Scott 75 39534 380530
Kyle 72 67218 158173
Chief Keef 70 44066 143895
Talib Kweli 68 49684 1041674

Metal

Artist ▲▼ # of Gigs ▲▼ Miles Travelled (2018) ▲▼ Miles Travelled (Career) ▲▼
Shinedown 136 47470 687103
P.O.D. 105 41951 606048
Bullet For My Valentine 101 44450 801164
Asking Alexandria 99 36396 691232
Stone Sour 96 59225 460517
Seether 89 58091 725906
Puddle of Mudd 89 44665 626718
Def Leppard 86 50500 1040965
Judas Priest 86 38814 661989
Marilyn Manson 86 38333 896520

Singer-songwriters

Artist ▲▼ # of Gigs ▲▼ Miles Travelled (2018) ▲▼ Miles Travelled (Career) ▲▼
Vance Joy 112 106617 543506
First Aid Kit 105 54792 482451
Father John Misty 96 80754 471256
KT Tunstall 93 35003 396603
Jason Mraz 80 41574 761865
Willie Nelson 75 28443 823433
Keith Urban 75 33567 691455
Chris Young 70 37966 578068
Bob Dylan 68 30228 1413012
Iron & Wine 67 61226 633074
The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers

Dance

Artist ▲▼ # of Gigs ▲▼ Miles Travelled (2018) ▲▼ Miles Travelled (Career) ▲▼
Tiësto 119 243566 2356428
The Chainsmokers 108 104171 862520
Diplo 92 124136 1494731
Above & Beyond 89 116965 1473571
DJ Snake 76 176981 743740
Kygo 76 73587 367563
Benny Benassi 75 60481 1157741
Steve Aoki 73 57809 2354300
Alesso 54 85014 890219
Afrojack 53 51488 1202021
Chromeo live at All Points East

Chromeo live at All Points East

Electronic

Artist ▲▼ # of Gigs ▲▼ Miles Travelled (2018) ▲▼ Miles Travelled (Career) ▲▼
R3hab 118 287550 1064255
Marshmello 104 85041 509862
Chromeo 94 50684 651600
Dillon Francis 90 50085 908301
ODESZA 81 75497 472250
Galantis 79 117011 512685
Bonobo 78 123333 1031583
Hardwell 73 93765 1236271
Kaskade 72 57042 1390164
ZHU 63 85801 216631

For more of the year’s round-ups, check out NME’s:

– Best Albums of 2018
– Best Songs of 2018
– Best Films of 2018