Ents24's Stars of Track and Field

At the point this blog post goes live, it's 1pm on Thursday July 2nd - and we're exactly halfway through 2015.

As many of you already know, one of the most popular tools on Ents24 is the ability to 'track' artists and venues. Over a million people are currently doing this, and many more have done since we introduced tracking back in 2005.

To track an artist, just find them on Ents24 and click the 'track' button in the top right hand corner.

Because of this, and because we list more artists (190,000+), more venues (70,000+) and more live events (110,600 at the time of writing) than anyone else in the country, it also enables us to find out some interesting things.

For example:

Which artists and performers have gained popularity fastest this year?

We decided to find out - and so here are the results. We're calling them The Stars of Track and Field.

Here's the top 20, in alphabetical order. Click on any artist/performer's name to see all their forthcoming gigs, shows or performances - or to start tracking them!

James Bay

Leon Bridges

Dan & Phil

Alfie Deyes

Harry Enfield

FFS

Jack Garratt

Ben Haenow

Låpsley

Shawn Mendes

Nothing But Thieves

PVRIS

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Soak

Songhoy Blues

Stereo Kicks

The Two Mikes

Meghan Trainor

Paul Whitehouse

Years & Years


We also took a look at how that list changes when we divided you guys up by age group:

The Top 20: Users under 25s (alphabetical order)

Ariana Grande

As It Is

James Bay

Catfish And The Bottlemen

Circa Waves

Louis C.K.

Coasts

Darlia

FKA Twigs

Hozier

Bailey McConnell

Modern Baseball

Moose Blood

Rae Morris

PVRIS

Katherine Ryan

Slaves

Stereo Kicks

twenty one pilots

Years & Years


The Top 20: Users aged 25-40 (alphabetical order)

Courtney Barnett

James Bay

Black Grape

Benjamin Booker

Catfish And The Bottlemen

Circa Waves

Harry Enfield

Father John Misty

Hookworms

Hozier

Jess Glynne

Låpsley

Lonely The Brave

Milky Chance

Rae Morris

Reeves & Mortimer

Romesh Ranganathan

Run The Jewels

Slaves

Years & Years


The Top 20: Users over 40 (alphabetical order)

James Bay

Babes In Toyland

Martin Barre

Black Grape

Carcass

Catfish And The Bottlemen

Courtney Barnett

Father John Misty

FFS

Harry Enfield

Jess Glynne

Joanna Gruesome

McAlmont & Butler

Rae Morris

Nothing But Thieves

Reeves & Mortimer

The Shires

Sleaford Mods

Andreya Triana

Paul Whitehouse


What We Learned

  • You still can't underestimate the power of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse – their Legends tour propelled them both into the overall list.

  • Comedy features across the ages, with Katherine Ryan and Louis C.K. for the under 25s, Harry Enfield, Reeves & Mortimer and Romesh Ranganathan all seeing a sharp rise in interest amongst the 25-40 year olds, and Harry and Paul and Reeves & Mortimer featuring amongst the over 40s, thanks to the new tours announced earlier this year.

  • Predictably enough, TV plays a big part in this story: many of the artists were propelled to stardom via a TV show (Stereo Kicks, Ben Haenow), gained a following via appearances or broadcast performances (Katherine Ryan, the many artists here that featured on the last series of Later... with Jools Holland etc) or are touring shows based on cult TV successes of the past (Harry and Paul, Reeves & Mortimer)

  • That said, YouTube also played a significant part in the popularity shift of the likes of Dan & Phil and Alfie Deyes, who also made the overall Top 20. Radio mattered too, not just in terms of plays for featured artists (airplay likely helped FFS, James Bay, Years & Years and others into the list), but also in providing a few stars of its own (The Two Mikes and Dan & Phil again).

  • Finally, perhaps the most obvious driver of popularity is touring. People track artists to find out when they're next playing a show, so artists that just don't perform live are unlikely to be tracked (although artists that play rarely still get tracked in high numbers, as people want to know the second a rare show is announced).


How We Did It

All of the 190,000 artists and 70,000 venues listed on Ents24 can be tracked – meaning visitors can choose to be alerted when an artist or venue adds a new show, moves a show, joins a festival bill and so on.

The Stars of Track and Field list consists of the 100 artists that saw the biggest increase in 'trackers' between Jan 1st and June 30th, 2015. To be eligible, an artist must have amassed at least 50 trackers.


The Full List

Here are the 100 artists, performers and entities that made the list, in alphabetical order. Again, click on any of them to find out more, see where they're touring, and to track them.

2Cellos / James Acaster / Alvvays / Amber Run / Ant & Dec's Takeaway On Tour / As It Is / Courtney Barnett/ James Bay / Aisling Bea / Beartooth / Benjamin Booker / Leon Bridges / Cabeytu Brothers / Luke Bryan / Catfish And The Bottlemen / Chronixx / Circa Waves / Collabro / Gino D'Acampo / Dan & Phil / Mac DeMarco / Alfie Deyes / Monty Don / Harry Enfield / George Ezra / Father John Misty / FFS / Florida Georgia Line / frnkiero and the cellabration / Jack Garratt / George The Poet / Jess Glynne / Ariana Grande / Marika Hackman / Hannah Wants / Ben Haenow/ Kevin Hart / Hozier / Ibeyi / Kygo / Låpsley / L7 / LoneLady / McAlmont & Butler / Bailey McConnell / Shawn Mendes / Milky Chance / Modern Baseball / Moose Blood / Caitlin Moran / Rae Morris / Nadine Shah / Nicholas McDonald / Nothing But Thieves / Luisa Omielan / Oliver Heldens / PINS /Prides/ PVRIS / Rag'N'Bone Man/ Romesh Ranganathan/Reeves & Mortimer/ Ride / Rock Of Ages (Touring)/ Run The Jewels/ Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox / Miranda Sings/ Skillet /Slaves/Sleaford Mods / Sam Smith / Soak / Songhoy Blues / Steve-O / The Two Mikes / Three Days Grace / Tove Lo / Meghan Trainor / twenty one pilots / Ward Thomas / Mr Tumble / Waxahatchee / Matthew E. White / Paul Whitehouse / William Hill World Darts Championships / Wolf Alice / Years & Years


About Ents24

We're celebrating our fifteenth anniversary this year as the home to the UK's most comprehensive guide to live entertainment; covering music, comedy, sport, family, theatre, clubbing and much more. We're also the UK's busiest ticketing destination after Ticketmaster, visited by 1.8 million people monthly, and we recently listed our four millionth event.