How Far Have Fans Traveled to See the Artists They Love?
While our passion for music is what moves us to attend concerts, it’s planes, trains, and automobiles that actually get us there. How far have you traveled to see a show? When we posed this question on Twitter for #TravelTuesday, we were amazed by how far some fans travel for a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience.
The responses we received got us wondering how far fans usually travel to see a show. Looking at Ticketmaster ticket sales, we found that the average fan travels 43 miles to attend a concert1. Some diehard music fans roam even further – about 10% of ticket buyers have traversed 100+ miles to see a show2. And why wouldn’t they? Planning concert road trips to see one of your favorite artists is half the fun.
As for travel time, the Live Nation Festival Fan Study 2014 found that concert attendees spend an average of 1.54 hours total in the car, while festival attendees average 3.14 hours behind the wheel3.
And then there are those willing to hop on a plane for a show – some fans even cross the Atlantic to catch their favorite bands.
Here are some of our favorite Tweets from people who’ve gone the distance (and then some) to see the artists they love.
300 Mile Trip to see Twenty One Pilots
— natalie foster (@natfos) October 6, 2015
8 Hours (One Way!) for the Jonas Brothers
— Josie (@_JocelynMae) October 6, 2015
Truckin’ 950 Miles to see the Grateful Dead
— Shaun Michael (@7smichael) October 6, 2015
From Virginia to Toronto for U2
— Steve T. #BeBold ⚾️ (@Trap_33) October 6, 2015
8 Hours on the Road for Fall Out Boy and Paramore
— Megan (@ohhaimegan) October 6, 2015
6 Hours of Driving to Dance With Taylor Swift in Baton Rouge
— Hannah K? (no longer in glendale) (@HKearns13) October 6, 2015
A 9 Hour Trip To Dallas to Get “Radioactive” with Imagine Dragons
— Labanya ? (@lalalalabanya) October 6, 2015
From Georgia to Indiana for One Night With One Direction
— Jay /)'w'( (@SavedintheAM) October 6, 2015
Crossing Borders for 5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction
— lex (@fxckyeamgc) October 6, 2015
Jumping across the Pond to Rock Out in London with 5 Seconds of Summer
— Meagan. (@MeaagSieglinde) October 6, 2015
Getting International (3 Times) with One Direction
— Annie. (@Ania_96) October 7, 2015
From Las Vegas to Montreal to Get “Closer” to Kings of Leon
— Sarine (@OnlySarine) October 7, 2015
5,000 Miles and 15 States Later…The One and Only Bruce Springsteen
— Connor Kirkpatrick (@Mr_Kirkpatrick) October 6, 2015
From Sunny LA to Crisp Canada to Rock with the Rolling Stones
— Joey (@JoeyRuotolo) October 6, 2015
5 Hours to See Fifth Harmony – How Fitting
— rachel (@holllowjauregui) October 6, 2015
22 Hours for Rascal Flatts – After All, “Life Is a Highway”
— Shawna (@PatsFanatic92) October 6, 2015
Drove 45 Hours (um, that’s a LONG DRIVE!!!) for 5 Seconds of Summer
— Emily Bryant (@emilylanebryant) October 7, 2015
TX to MA for 1D
— d? 12 (@hadidkiwi) October 7, 2015
Hitting Two Different States for One Direction
— Melissa Anne 18 (@MelissaAnne_x3) October 6, 2015
22 Hours Due West for One Direction and 5SOS
— christine hazel (@xtine_hazel) October 6, 2015
If you’ve experienced a long distance concert like some of the fans above, consider yourself an elite concert road tripper! Share how far you’ve traveled to see a concert tour or show with us at @Ticketmaster on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Then, have a listen to the concert road trip playlist below curated by Ticketmaster staff. So would you walk 500 miles?
1. Ticketmaster database, 2015.
2. Ticketmaster database, 2015.
3. Live Nation Festival Fan Study, 2014.
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