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February 22, 2017 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Package holiday specialists TravelBird have released the Most Travelled Musicians Ranking, presenting a comprehensive insight into the travel miles of the world’s most admired artists. Aiming to always find new ways to inspire travellers, TravelBird combined music, travel and curiosity within the study of 36 of the world’s favourite artists. The ranking reveals which bands and musicians have the greatest number of travel miles under their belt and who holds the title of the world’s most travelled. In addition to presenting the most travelled artists, TravelBird also calculated how much it would cost an ultimate superfan to have followed each musician throughout their career.

To create the Ranking, TravelBird began with 36 most popular performers, selected from the results of a poll on popular musicians created by TravelBird, both legends and new sensations, from a range of genres. Their total travel distance of their public engagements was then calculated, taking all national, continental and world tours in account, from the beginning of their career. This includes arena shows, festival appearances, and road trips but excludes private engagements. Using this information, TravelBird calculated exactly how many times around the world each artist could have travelled, as well as how many times they could have flown to the moon. When possible, ground miles were used, and the figures reflect city-to-city rather than venue-to-venue distances. Full methodology is available to view at the base of the press release and on the TravelBird landing page.*

Interestingly, TravelBird found that the years an artist has performed does not always mean they have travelled further, with the top two farthest-travelling performers having been active since the 90s, beating the likes of those who have been performing since the 60s, 70s or 80s.

The study revealed the ten most travelled artists in the ranking are:

#

Musician

Career kilometres Travelled

Last 12 months

Times around the world

Times to the moon

1

Tiësto

2,505,953

337,596

62.53

6.52

2

Paul van Dyk

2,322,266

186,631

57.95

6.04

3

Bob Dylan

2,235,975

57,213

55.80

5.82

4

Metallica

2,104,762

51,163

52.52

5.48

5

Aerosmith

1,770,115

25,228

44.17

4.60

6

Muse

1,722,528

59,997

42.98

4.48

7

Rolling Stones

1,697,797

32,407

42.37

4.42

8

U2

1,672,861

0

41.74

4.35

9

Cyndi Lauper

1,542,829

48,243

38.50

4.01

10

Snoop Dogg

1,394,065

64,663

34.79

3.63

You can view the full results on the TravelBird landing page: https://travelbird.nl/most-travelled-musicians-ranking/

“A great gig takes you on a journey through time, brings you to new places and helps you experience something special” states Symen Jansma, Founder of TravelBird. “You can simply feel as free as a bird.”

TravelBird also researched how much it would cost to be a superfan for each of the musicians in the study, calculating at current values the approximate cost of following each artist throughout their performing lifetime. Only travel costs were taken, price of gig tickets were not included, as it was assumed that a true superfan would receive free backstage passes.

To make the calculations, TravelBird used the average global cost of an air mile for a passenger and the total career miles travelled by each musician to calculate an approximate travel cost for a superfan.

Musician

Superfan Cost

Musician

Superfan Cost

Musician

Superfan Cost

The Smiths

$20,652.23

Britney Spears

$121,336.37

Coldplay

$252,771.42

The Beatles

$30,096.15

Rammstein

$128,078.87

Radiohead

$264,411.79

Adele

$41,505.38

Madonna

$129,753.35

Snoop Dogg

$271,933.13

The Weeknd

$48,831.77

Jay-Z

$134,020.85

Cyndi Lauper

$300,951.80

Stromae

$49,943.38

Kraftwerk

$140,618.32

U2

$326,316.37

Sia

$66,995.52

Beyonce

$148,312.01

Rolling Stones

$331,180.65

Whitney Houston

$96,310.84

Alt-J

$161,742.38

Muse

$336,004.74

Led Zeppelin

$96,506.42

Lady Gaga

$162,850.85

Aerosmith

$345,287.21

Michael Jackson

$99,077.15

Rihanna

$165,881.18

Metallica

$410,565.24

Justin Bieber

$102,982.39

Pink Floyd

$180,393.33

Bob Dylan

$436,160.23

Kanye West

$114,468.93

David Bowie

$192,880.67

Paul van Dyk

$452,992.62

Kylie Minogue

$121,061.69

Grateful Dead

$221,028.19

Tiësto

$488,823.47

*Methodology: Upon request, data can be provided for any other musician. We researched extensively the tour schedule of each artist and compiled official figures, excluding one-off special and private events.

Google Maps was utilised to collect ground miles, with the fastest available route on 1st February 2017. For air miles, we used as the crow flies distances between A to B, city to city, not venue to venue. There are several musicians that have travelled considerable distances, perhaps further than those musicians in this list. We hope that in the future, we could add additional musicians to this ranking. The 36 artists included in the ranking were selected via a poll of 100 influential artists. If you would like travel data for an additional artist, please contact pablo.martinez@travelbird.com.

Distance used to travel around the world: 24,901 miles

Distance used to travel to the moon: 238,855 miles

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