Guns N' Roses outsell Ed Sheeran and U2 as their Not In This Lifetime world tour is announced as 2017's most popular

And it's not Adele or Ed Sheeran...

Guns N' Roses have sold more concert tickets than any other act so far this year, it has been revealed.

Touring publication Pollstar have revealed the exciting figures looking at the first six months of 2017, with Guns N' Roses, consisting of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, shifting 1.4 million gig tickets this year across the globe.

The Not In This Lifetime shows have been seen by 400,000 more people than the second most popular tour - some 962,000 tickets were sold for U2's The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary live dates.

Not only have Guns N'Roses's shows been the most attended, but they are the highest grossing too, with $151.5 million made.

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Justin Bieber's seemingly never-ending Purpose tour is the world's third most popular event series this year, ahead of global jaunts from Metallica and Depeche Mode who complete the Top 5.

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Acts with longevity and cross-generational appeal such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi and Green Day have also proven popular, while its Adele's whose dates have been most lucrative on average. Her shows make an average gross figure of $9.83 million.

Ed Sheeran, country musician Eric Church and Bruno Mars also occupy slots in the Top 10, while The Weeknd, Celine Dion and Drake's live stints have been hugely successful in the first half of the year.

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Here in the UK alone, London's O2 Arena has been named the most popular venue, with over 1 million tickets sold in the first six months of 2017 - Not bad going for the space's 10th anniversary year...

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