Music Venue Trust World Record attempt: Frank Turner at Leeds Boom on 4 May

On 4/5 May, Frank Turner will attempt a world record for the most gigs played in 24 hours.

The attempt is sponsored by London’s taxi app FREENOW and will take place in Leeds, Liverpool, London, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Chesterfield, Aldershot and beyond.

Frank Turner’s tenth album ‘Undefeated’ is out on 3 May (you can pre-order HERE) just as he approaches his 3000th show, together with a unique challenge. On 4 May, he tackles the first ever Music Venue Trust world record attempt to play the most gigs, in different cities, in 24 hours. He will play fifteen shows across the country.

The rules of the world record attempt are simpl:. 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.  FREENOW, will be providing e-taxis for Frank to complete the almost 500 mile journey.


“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 goodnes’s 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:

“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 Dates and 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 

More about FREENOW.
The mobility super app with the largest vehicle choice for consumers across Europe available in 9 markets and in over 150 cities. Users can access all types of mobility services within a single app including public transport services, taxis, private hire vehicles, car sharing, e-scooters, e-bikes, and e-mopeds. FREENOW aggregates numerous mobility brands with the ambition to make urban mobility more efficient and sustainable without adding new vehicles on the street. The Germany-based company is backed by the BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz Mobility.

FREENOW’s continued support of MVT includes ‘Ride for Music’ which saw FREENOW donate £1 from every ride to MVT. London’s No.1 Taxi app is proud to support grassroots music venues, ensuring local nightlife continues to thrive throughout the UK. 

‘Undefeated’ is available to pre-order HERE, with the pick of its physical formats being a limited edition picture disc with one-shot photography captured by a vintage tintype camera. The album is the follow-up to his first UK #1 album, 2022’s FTHC, and sees him again embracing the liberation of being an independent artist.  

Thematically, ‘Undefeated’ finds the sweet spot between youthful outspokenness and surviving midlife’s challenges, it’s a record that explores both emotionally compelling topics and lighter reflections on those troubles that eventually come to us all. Sonically it’s full of echoes to influences that Frank has touched upon at various moments in his kaleidoscopic career, from Black Flag to Counting Crows, from Descendents to The Pogues, via Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg.

OnceFrank has recovered, hopefully undefeated by the world record attempt, he will return to the road in more conventional style. 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 (Docksfest2000treesLatitude and Y NOT?) before taking the seventh instalment of his Lost Evenings extravaganza to Canada for the first time in September. Please see HERE for a full list of dates.

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Photograph by Lucas Rauch.

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