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The List: Stereoboard's Top Tickets Of 2022

Tuesday, 20 December 2022 Written by Laura Johnson

The impact of COVID-19 is still being felt throughout the music industry, but this year's numbers make it clear that the appetite for live events is as voracious as ever, with a gobsmacking 39, 128, 765 searches for tour dates over the past 12 months via Stereoboard, up from 16, 790, 678 in 2021. 

Check out our Top 50 tours of 2022 below, and always remember to support your local grassroots venues as well as visiting your nearest arenas and stadiums. They still need your help if they're to continue nurturing developing talent, and showcasing future stars.




Coldplay released their latest album, 'Music Of The Spheres', in October 2021. The same month they announced summer UK stadium shows, as part of their world tour of the same name, to which extra dates were later added due to huge demand. 

Their Music Of The Spheres World Tour, which also visited the Dominican Republic, US, Mexico and Europe in 2022, saw the band make numerous sustainability commitments to cut direct emissions by 50% compared to their previous run. Head here for further details on that.

The tour was such a success that they announced a second European leg for spring 2023, which includes four nights at Manchester's Ethiad Stadium and two shows at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

Estimated ticket searches in 2022: 4, 396, 102


In 2017, Peter Kay was forced to cancel his 14-month trek due to "unforeseen family circumstances", and in 2020 he pulled a run of dates in aid of Cancer Research UK due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

So, when his first stand-up tour in 12 years was announced in November people sprung into action, and there was unprecedented demand seen across all platforms, resulting in numerous extra dates being added in the UK and Ireland.

Following a handful of shows in December, the tour will pick up again on January 6 in Liverpool, with dates currently set to run until December 05, 2025.  The trek will include an astounding 28 shows at The O2 Arena in London. 

Estimated searches: 2, 987, 156


Last year, Ed Sheeran took the top spot on this list, but even though he's now at number three, his total searches still reached 2, 209, 611, up from 1, 304, 790 in 2021.

This spring and summer saw him take his + - = ÷ x Tour (aka The Mathematics Tour) to stadiums across the UK and Europe in support of his 2021 album '=' (pronounced equals), as well as its predecessors.

It's nowhere near over yet though, with shows in Australia and New Zealand set for early 2023, and North America that summer. For the latter leg, he'll be supported by some impressive special guests, including Khalid, Dylan, Rosa Linn, Cat Burns, Maisie Peters, and Russ. 

Estimated searches: 2, 209, 611


Harry Styles is having a moment, and it doesn't look like it's due to end anytime soon, and why would it? People can't get enough of the former One Direction member, who put out his third solo album, 'Harry's House', in May.

He took his Love On Tour around the world this year, and made sure to take an eclectic mix of artists with him, including Blood Orange, Ben Harper, Jessie Ware, Wet Leg, Mistki, Arlo Parks and Wolf Alice.

2023 will see the Love On Tour head to Australia and New Zealand in the spring, and the UK and Ireland for another round of dates throughout May, June and July. Dig out those sequins, and get booking.

Estimated searches: 2, 167, 843


This summer, Arctic Monkeys returned with news of 'The Car', the follow-up to 2018's 'Tranquility Hotel Base & Casino', which later arrived in October.

The Sheffield band will support the record with a world tour in 2023 that will feature stadium and arena shows, including stops in Bristol, Coventry, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Sheffield, Swansea, Southampton, London, Dublin and Glasgow between May 29 and June 25.

An Australian leg is scheduled for January, with dates across mainland Europe running throughout the spring and summer. The North American leg is currently their last set of dates for 2023, with the run set to wrap up at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on October 1. With so many shows on the horizon, it's clear why well over a million fans sought out their tour dates.

Estimated searches: 1, 396, 889

6. THE 1975

The 1975 recently wrapped up a North American tour in support of their new album, 'Being Funny In A Foreign Language', which was released this October.

The Manchester band will hit the road again in the new year for a UK and Ireland arena tour, which includes two nights apiece at The O2 in London and Cardiff International Arena. An Australian and New Zealand arena tour will follow in April, and they'll headline TRNSMT festival in Glasgow on July 9.

Back in early 2021, The 1975 cancelled all their touring plans for the year due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. They're certainly making up for lost time, and with over a million of you searching for tickets to see them, it seems you're as happy as they are to be playing live again.

Estimated searches: 1, 180, 715


It was the reunion no-one saw coming, but well over a million of you were ecstatic to hear of the return of English hip hop trio N-Dubz when they announced they were getting back together for a UK arena tour this November, breaking a hiatus that began in 2011.

In fact, there was such a positive reaction to the shows that the group have lined up a series of huge outdoor UK concerts for next summer, including stops at Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Gunnersbury Park in London.

The four-time MOBO winners also released new music this spring, with the single Charmer arriving in May and receiving a Metis remix in June, but there's still no news on if we'll be seeing a full-length follow-up to their 2010 album 'Love.Live.Life' anytime soon. 

Estimated searches: 1, 170, 828


Last year's chart saw Sam Fender placed at number four with 437, 120 searches, but despite being in a lower position this year his search numbers have almost doubled.

The North Shields singer-songwriter is all about the live experience, and November saw him release the 'Live From Finsbury Park' LP, which was recorded at his London show there this July.

Not content with topping the bill at that huge London venue, Fender has lined up two massive hometown shows at St James' Park in Newcastle for next June, prior to headlining Reading and Leeds in August. Every time you think he's raised the bar as high as it can go, another milestone announcement comes along that makes you realise he's only now hitting his stride. It'll be exciting to see what position he'll be in next year.

Estimated searches: 869, 948


2022 got off to a rocky start for Adele, as she had to postpone her Las Vegas residency the night before it was due to begin in January, because of delivery delays and half her team contracting COVID-19.

'The London vocalist eventually kicked off her Weekends With Adele run at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on November 18, with shows currently booked in until March 25. 

'30', the long-awaited follow-up to 2015's '25', may have come out in late 2021, but this year was the first time the powerhouse singer was able to showcase it live, headlining two sold-out BST Hyde Park London shows this summer. Could there be a tour on the cards? With over three quarters of a million of you searching for tickets this year, there's clearly plenty of demand for it. Keep those fingers crossed.

Estimated searches: 788, 545

10. P!NK

P!nk knows how to get a party started, which is why 786, 469 of you searched for tickets to see her, wanting to join in the fun and experience the spectacle live.

As well as announcing her new album 'Trustfall', which is due out on February 17, 2022 saw the Pennsylvania-born superstar reveal plans to take her Summer Carnival Tour across North America, mainland Europe and the UK throughout 2023, with the latter leg including two BST Hyde Park London shows at which she'll be joined by special guest Gwen Stefani. Further support acts are still to be confirmed.

This November, P!nk previewed her new record with the single Never Gonna Not Dance Again, a disco-flecked pop song produced by Grammy Award-winners Max Martin and Shellback, who also co-wrote the song alongside the vocalist. It's clear P!nk is still eager to bust a move whenever possible, so find your nearest show, polish those dancing shoes, and we'll see you at the front.

Estimated searches: 786, 469


Where Did These Numbers Come From?

We looked at what fans were searching for on Google and we’ve crunched the numbers from our Google Ads account to bring you the definitive list of the hottest tickets sought in 2022.

We did this by analysing Stereoboard’s impression share, from millions of search queries, and extrapolated that data. That enabled us to estimate, to a high degree of accuracy, the total number of fans searching for ticket related terms on Google’s search engine for each artists’ UK tour throughout the past 12 months.


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