Frank Turner’s record attempt brings him to Winchester, Portsmouth, Southampton and beyond

Frank Turner’s record attempt brings him to Winchester, Portsmouth, Southampton and beyond

This weekend Hampshire musician Frank Turner is undertaking the first ever Music Venue Trust world record attempt for the most gigs played in 24 hours.

Coinciding with two huge landmarks – his 3000th show and the release of his tenth album ‘Undefeated’ today (3 May) – Frank Turner is embarking upon his world record attempt to play the most gigs in different cities in 24 hours by playing fifteen shows across the country.

The rules are simple. In a timeframe of 24 hours, Frank has to play 15 solo shows, with each set running for a minimum of 20 minutes. The previous (official) record is held by Hunter Hayes with ten shows and before that it was the Flaming Lips with eight. But there’s a serious point too. The challenge will support grassroots venues and independent record stores across the country. To attend one of the shows, purchase an album and ticket HERE. The attempt will see him play venues from Liverpool to Southampton.


Frank says: “With nearly 3000 shows under my belt, I’ve never been one to do things by halves or shirk a challenge – I once played all 50 American states in 50 days, for goodness sake. For the release of my tenth studio album, ‘Undefeated’, I will be making an attempt at a world record: the most number of shows in different cities in 24 hours.


“It’s not just self-promotion either. We’re working with 13 independent record shops and 15 independent grassroots music venues for the shows, highlighting two bits of the infrastructure of the underground that I care about most. It’s going to be tough, but hopefully fun too. Come down for a show!”


Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd adds: “We are delighted to support Frank Turner’s attempt to set the official Music Venue Trust world record for the most gigs played in 24 hours. With the help of FREENOW black cabs, Frank will be criss-crossing the nation hitting some of the country’s finest grassroots music venues for an action-packed day which promises to set the global standard for dedication to live music.”


The schedule will hit the following venues:



12.30pm – Liverpool, Jacaranda – instore 

2.30pm – Huddersfield, Parish – outstore for Vinyl Tap

4pm – Leeds, Boom – outstore for Crash

6pm – Sheffield, The Foundry – outstore for Bear Tree

7.30pm – Chesterfield, Gasoline – outstore for Tailbird

9pm – Nottingham, Saltbox – outstore for Rough Trade 

10.30pm – Birmingham, RMBL – outstore for Eclipse Records 



12.00am – Leamington Spa, Temperance – outstore for Head 

2am – Leighton Buzzard, Crooked Crow Bar – outstore for Black Circle Records 

4am – London, Underworld – outstore for Rough Trade 

6am – Kingston, Banquet Records

7.30am – Aldershot, West End Centre – outstore for 101 Collectors 

9am – Portsmouth, Staggeringly Good Brewery – outstore for Pie & Vinyl 

10.30am – Winchester – The Railway – outstore for Pie & Vinyl

12pm – Southampton, The Brook – outstore for Vinilio 


Once Frank has recovered, hopefully undefeated by the world record attempt, he will return to the road in more conventional style, bringing him back to Southampton in July, to play at The 1865. He will play a run of European dates in May, including shows as special guests on NOFX’s final tour, before heading across North America in late May and throughout June. He will play a series of UK festivals in the summer (Docksfest, 2000trees, Latitude and Y NOT?) before taking the seventh instalment of his Lost Evenings extravaganza to Canada for the first time in September. Click  HERE for a full list of dates.

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