The Hardest Touring EDM artists of 2018

It’s a golden age for live music, with artists hitting the road more often and for longer stretches.

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?

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 the electronic and dance genres – to reveal the hardest-gigging artists of 2018.

Top 10 Hardest Touring Dance artists of 2018

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

Top 10 Hardest Touring Electronic artists of 2018

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

From euphoric trance through to twitchy techno to chill electronic, these artists pack out venues all over the world. 2018’s top 10 hardest touring EDM artists includes plenty of household names like Tiësto and Benny Benassi as well as DJ Snake and Diplo. What is surprising is that R3hab tops the list across both tables, in terms of miles travelled!

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.

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