Monday, September 13,
Longest street concert - Berlin
buskers sets world record
BERLIN, Germany -- A group of German musicians,
led by 24-year-old German singer-songwriter Samuel Harfst,
played their own tunes, as well as covers and songs from other
bands, during a 24-hour street concert in Berlin , setting the world record for the Longest
“The band members are happy, but now just
want to go to bed,” band spokeswoman Manuela Kohn told news
agency DAPD after the trio wrapped up.
The group members were reportedly hoarse
and exhausted but happy with their feat.
Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit rang in
the concert’s beginning in the entryway of the former Tempelhof
Airport with a gong, saying: “I wish you much luck. We’ll
see how long you hold out."
The buskers played their own tunes, as well as
covers and songs from other bands, who also accompanied the
core musicians throughout the concert. There was also a constant
Two official delegates from the Guinness
World Records were also on hand to monitor the performance,
the rules of which allowed the musicians to take a five minute
break per hour. The performers chose to save up their breaks,
though, pausing only every four hours for 20 minutes.
Songs were allowed to be repeated only
every four hours, and only 30 seconds of silence were permitted
Musician Samuel Harfsta is known for
being among the top-10 best newcomers in Germany’s MTV Unplugged
new musician contest in 2009 for his song “Alles Gute zum
Longest street concert kicked
an international music trade fair. After being cancelled last
year, the event was reactivated as part of the first-annual
Berlin Music Week, which runs from September 6 to 12, featuring
concerts, workshops and lectures around the city.
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Drumming Marathon - Jagjit Singh
concert - Balatonfured Guitar Festival
karaoke - Kouvola Club
Radio Show - Johnnie Walker
Monday, September 13, 2010