Why we all go to see Queen play in concert: The iconic rock band fronted by Freddie Mercury tops the list of artists Brits love to see live – beating out the Beatles and Ed Sheeran
Rock band Queen have been named at the top of a definitive list of British artists they’d most like to see live, according to a new poll.
Researchers surveyed music fans in the country to discover acts, from past and present, we’d like to see live.
Queen, who was topped by the late Freddie Mercury, came out on top with 37 percent of people giving her a vote – beating the Beatles into second place.
The band was formed in London in 1970 by singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon.
Respondents were given a list of artists from Bob Marley to Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse to The Police, and all the artists they would like to see live were selected.
Trending: Rock band Queen have been named first in a definitive list of artists Brits would most like to see live, according to a new poll.
Live music: Brian May and singer Adam Lambert perform together at a concert last year
Icons: The Beatles came in second, with participants providing a list of artists from Bob Marley to Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse to The Police, and choosing all the artists they would like to see live.
The Beatles were second on the list, with 27 percent voting for them as the act they’d most like to see on stage.
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is third on the list with a quarter of Britons (25 per cent).
Adele, who is renovating her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, is in fifth place, with 24 percent.
Elvis came in sixth place in the poll, with 23 percent.
Overall, 84 per cent of the 2,000 people surveyed by the O2 Priority Tickets platform, agreed that watching live music is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
When asked what they like most about live music, 66 percent said it was the atmosphere, 55 percent said it was a unique experience, and 52 percent said it was the best for making memories.
Overall, 64 percent said they are happy with other cost cuts in the current climate to ensure they can still watch live entertainment.
Gareth Griffiths, Director of Partnerships and Sponsorships at Virgin Media O2, said: ‘In 2022 we’ve really seen the return of live entertainment and this latest research shows that the nation’s passion for live music is stronger than ever.
With so many great venues and artists performing across the country on any one night, it is no surprise that live music is such an important part of our lives, that people rush back to the venues to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy new experiences, and make memories.
“With our 48-hour early access to Priority Tickets, available exclusively via Priority by O2, we provide a gateway for fans of live music, comedy, sports and entertainment to experience and capture unforgettable live moments.”
Star: Adele, who renovated her residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, was fifth, with 24%.
Top 30 British artists were dreaming of seeing them live
1. The Queen – 37 percent
2. The Beatles – 27 percent
3. Ed Sheeran – 25 percent
4. Michael Jackson – 24 percent
5. Adele – 24 percent
6- Elvis Presley – 23 percent
7. Fleetwood Mac — 22 percent
8. David Bowie – 21 percent
9. Whitney Houston – 20 percent
10. Bob Marley – 19 percent
10- Lady Gaga – 19 percent
10. Eminem – 19 percent
13. Amy Winehouse – 18 percent
14- The Rolling Stones – 17 percent
15. Oasis – 17 percent
16. Beyoncé – 17 percent
17. Guns N’ Roses — 16 percent
17. Taylor Swift – 16 percent
19- Pink Floyd – 15 percent
20. Red Hot Chili Peppers—15 percent
21. Nirvana – 15 percent
22. Madonna – 14 percent
22. Prince – 14 percent
23- Foo Fighters – 14 percent
24- The Killers- 14 percent
25- Eagles – 14 percent
26- U2 – 13 percent
27- AC/DC – 13 percent
28. Arctic monkeys — 13 percent
29- Stevie Wonder – 13 percent
30. Police – 13 percent