The 1975 named as the hardest-working band this year with 195 shows in 29 countries

Distance band travelled would take them two-thirds of way to moon

The 1975 have been named as the hardest working band of 2014, beating competition from Jake Bugg, Future Islands and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Data from Songkick shows that the band beat all their competitors by playing more shows and covering more ground within the calender year. In fact, they’ve gigged and travelled more than any other artist since records began in 2010.

The Manchester quartet played 195 shows this year in 29 countries, averaging a gig every 1.8 days. The 249,724km they travelled between venues would take them two-thirds of the way to the moon and amounts to six laps of Earth. They beat Foster The People, who played 189 shows in 2011 and covered 244,292km, as well as Ed Sheeran, who in 2012 played 167 shows and covered 222,912km.


The 1975 said of the achievement: “Touring this past year has been a really humbling experience. Our album was pretty much the story of the last decade of our lives, to see so many people around the world connecting with it has been incredible. We are very proud of our fans, they really understand what we are doing and the shows are an extension of that feeling.”

Earlier this year, The 1975 were forced to interrupt their secret set at Glastonbury Festival after a fan threw a can onstage. “Ladies and gentleman I’m sorry to disrupt your peaceful Glastonbury but someone just threw a can onstage,” frontman Matthew Healy told the crowd mid-way through the set. “I won’t have people fighting at my Glastonbury,” he added as bouncers escorted a man through the audience out of the packed tent.

The band’s self-titled debut album was released in September 2013.