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X-Factor acts most prolific British performers, says PRS

By | Published on Wednesday 21 December 2011

Olly Murs

Former ‘X-Factor’ losers JLS and Olly Murs are the hardest working acts in British live music according to PRS For Music, though that basically means they each played gigs at 29 venues this year, which doesn’t sound like particularly hard work to me. But PRS has given both acts ‘hard work’ awards, and  sent over quotes from both of them, and it would just seem rude not to run them.

Olly Murs: “It’s a real honour to be receiving this award from PRS For Music. The last two years have been incredible for me – I’ve achieved so much and it’s great to be recognised for all the work I’ve put in. Thanks to everyone who’s come to see me play live – there’s lots more to come!”

JLS: “This is a great achievement and really goes to show how hard we have been working this year. It’s an honour to be awarded this by PRS For Music and we are looking forward to what 2012 will bring!”

Only the collective ‘X-Factor’ show played at more “major venues” than Murs and JLS this year, while Skinny Lister played the most festival sets and The Merseybeats the most concert hall shows.

Here are the ten most active live acts in each of those categories this year, according to the PRS stats:

Most performances in major venues: X Factor, JLS, Olly Murs, Take That, Russell Watson, Alexandra Burke, Westlife, The Wanted, Beady Eye, Michael Ball.

Most performances at festivals: Skinny Lister, Ed Sheeran, Example, Lucy Ward, Pilgrims Way, Dry The River, Yasmin, Rachel Sermanni, Bellowhead, Katy B.

Most performances at concert venues: The Merseybeats, The Searchers, Chas ‘n’ Dave, Joe Brown, Dennis Locorriere, Tony Christie, Paul Carrack, Joe Longthorne, Mike Harding, The Blues Band.