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JLS crowned 'hardest-working band in the UK'

Left to right) Marvin Humes, J.B Gill, Aston Merrygold and Ortise Williams of JLS Photo: Ian West/PA Archive

Boyband JLS have been crowned Britain's hardest-working band in 2012 after headlining more major concerts than any other artists.

The boys performed 34 UK shows in the last year, securing the title for the second year in a row. JLS said they were "delighted" with their accolade, and said 2012 had been an awesome year for them.

We're delighted to once again be crowned the hardest-working band of the year. 2012 has been an awesome 12 months for us and it means a lot that so many of our fans have had a chance to see us perform live. Thanks again for the support and we look forward to doing more in 2013.

PRS for Music is an organisation which collects royalties on behalf of songwriters, and gives out the award every year. PRS for Music spokesman Barney Hooper said:

JLS have once again demonstrated that they truly know how to engage with their massive fan base, performing live to as many of them as possible.

Gigging is as important for the biggest performers as those starting out and it's great to see that it is thriving in the U

Westlife played 31 arena gigs and were runners-up in the list:

  • JLS: 34 gigs across the UK
  • Westlife: 31 arena shows
  • Steps: 25 concerts
  • Olly Murs: 21 shows
  • Florence and the Machine: 17 shows

2012 may have been a sell-out year for One Direction but the US favourites only managed 12 gigs on home turf.