Manchester’s commuters go bonkers for brass

Manchester’s commuters go bonkers for brass

Latest research from Vodafone and Spotify reveals that brass band music is the genre of choice among Manchester’s commuters.* The top three songs streamed during the daily commute are all brassy belters.


To avoid getting brassed off on their way to and from work, Manchester’s commuters are blowing hot for Bulletproof by New Sense Brass (No 1), Harmoinium by Richard Rock (No 2) and No Woman No Cry by News Sense Brass and Richard Rock.


And, when it comes to the top artists during the morning commute, three of the top five are brassies: The Fairey Band (No 2), Richard Rock (No 3) and New Sense Brass (No 5), all of whom are based in Manchester.


Data from Vodafone’s 4G customers in Manchester, analysed during September 2014, indicates that alongside the much-loved brass bands, David Guetta and Oasis are other favourites among the city’s commuters. 


UK wide, popular artists streamed during the daily commute (both to and from work) included Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Calvin Harris and Ariana Grande.  Interestingly, All About That Bass, by Meghan Trainor, was more popular on the way home than on the way into work, receiving 35,625 streams compared to 21,959. 


Named ‘the number one mobile network for music’ in 2013 by Google, Vodafone’s 4G customers streamed more than 31.6 million hours (c. 3600 years) of music on Spotify over the last year, with average listening time for an active Spotify user of 20 hours a month (40 minutes a day).


Cindy Rose, Consumer Director, Vodafone UK said: “With 1.8 million Britons travelling three hours or more for work in 2013**, offering Spotify to our 4G customers means that they have the chance to brighten their morning and afternoon commutes with their favourite tunes.  Regardless of the mode of transport (car, train, walking, biking or on the tram) users of our network have the option of streaming artists, songs and playlists of their own choice over our unbeatable 4G network. 4G speeds are only the start though – it’s what customers can do with 4G that matters and Vodafone is proud to offer the opportunity for everyone to experience high quality music streaming, on the go and at a cost that suits their budget.*** 


Manchester’s top tracks during commuting hours are:

  1. Bulletproof by New Sense Brass
  2. Harmonium by Richard Rock
  3. No Woman No Cry by New Sense Brass & Richard Rock


Manchester’s top five artists during pre-work are:

  1. David Guetta
  2. The Fairey Band
  3. Richard Rock
  4. Oasis
  5. New Sense Brass


*Data was taken from the mobile streaming of Vodafone customers via Spotify during the period of period 12-18 September 2014 in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.

**Office of National Statistics, July 2014

*** In August 2014, one year on from launching its 4G network, Vodafone extended 4G to its Pay as you go customers, offering Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV included in ‘Red Freedom Freebee’ packages above £30