Manchester based Indie Rockers ‘The 1975′ have been revealed as 2014’s hardest working band. Digital Spy is reporting that over the course of this year the band have played a total of 195 shows in 29 countries this year. The 1975 travelled 249,724km and averaged a show every 1.8 days.
The 1975 said: “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.”
Future Islands were named as the second hardest-working band, having played 159 shows in 2014, while New Politics, Against Me! And St. Vincent played 153, 151 and 147 shows respectively.
Foster the People played 189 shows in 2011, while Ed Sheeran played 167 in 2012.
The 1975 have played some of the major UK festivals this year including both Reading and Glastonbury. During their ‘Secret’ Glastonbury set NME reports that the band had to stop paying when someone threw a can on stage and a fight broke out in the packed tent. Frontman Matthew Healy told the crowd. “Ladies and gentleman I’m sorry to disrupt your peaceful Glastonbury but someone just threw a can onstage,” “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 then continued their set, which comprised of material from their self-titled debut album, released in September 2013, with breakout hit ‘Chocolate’.
Songkick who compiled the figures pointed out that the 1975’s phenomenal efforts over the last 365 days have shot them to the top of the Songkick leaderboard, having played more shows and covered more ground within a calendar year than any other artist since 2010.
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