UPDATE: The attempt was successful and will be official as soon as Guinness completes their vetting process.
437 hours straight! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The people of Stouffville, Ontario (pop. 30 000), the organizers, volunteers, musicians and guests will remember those 19 days for the rest of their lives! The way the community came together, the raw energy of people running on adrenaline, all for a singular goal - unforgettable.
Congratulations to the Epidemic Music Group, Kevin Ker, the Earl of Whitchurch Pub, and everyone involved for setting the record and raising over $90 000 for a variety of charities. BRAVO!!!!
Starting March 17, 2017 a group of organizers, volunteers, businesses and musicians are coming together to set TWO new Guinness World Records - the Longest Concert by Multiple Artists and the Longest Live Streamed Event. It's all happening in Stouffville, Ontario, about an hour north of what is known as the 'centre of the universe', Toronto, Canada.
The attempt will take place 24 hours a day for 16 days at the Earl of Whitchurch Pub in Stouffville. Over 400 musical acts will participate. Monies from each day's performances will be donated to 16 separate charities, benefiting hospitals, mental health facilities, hospices and more.
Your erstwhile webmaster here will be participating with his band STRAWMAN - we'll be taking the stage on Friday March 31st at 9pm - that's Day 14, if you want to join the Facebook event - link below.
If you're in the Toronto/Stouffville area I hope you'll come to enjoy some great music and support this incredible event. For those who can't make it the event is of course being live streamed - probably the best sounding livestream ever!
Thanks Ed for helping share this once in a lifetime endeavor!!!
WHAT: GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS ATTEMPT AT THE LONGEST CONCERT
WHERE: THE EARL OF WHITCHURCH PUB IN STOUFFVILLE, ONTARIO. 6204 Main St, Stouffville, ON L4A 4J3
WHEN: MARCH 17-APRIL 2, 2017
EPIDEMIC MUSIC GROUP, THE ORGANIZER OF THE EVENT: https://epidemicmusicgroup.ca/guinness-world-records/
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/GuinnessRecordAttemptByEpidemicMusicGroup/
LIVESTREAM (also available at the Epidemic home page): YOUTUBE LIVESTREAM or search Kerry L EMG Guinness on YouTube
DAY 14 EVENT PAGE ON FACEBOOK: STRAWMAN PLAYS THE WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
INTERESTING NOTES ABOUT THE RULES
While everyone wants to have fun playing and watching/listening to music, the Guinness people have instituted rules that need to be taken seriously for this record to be achieved. Here's a rundown!
- ONLY 5 minutes between artists.
- No more than 30 seconds in between songs!
- No song can be repeated within 4 hours - this one's a real headache for organizers. 400 setlists to review!!!
- There must always be 10 audience members in the venue at all times - employees and organizers do not count. And no sleeping - those 10 people need to be awake, even at 3 am on a Tuesday!
- Every minute of the attempt must be recorded from multiple angles. That's over 400 hours!