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Rock’n’rolling Guinness World Record broken in Wrocław, Poland

Wrocław, Poland – Poland just broke yet another Guinness World Record of simultaneous guitar playing… which it had already set last year.

Exactly 7.423 musicians and guitarists gathered, in the event of the 17th edition of the annual Thanks Jimi festival, in Poland’s south-western city of Wrocław on Wednesday to play Jimi Hendrix’ world-famous ‘Hey Joe’ hit.

All types of guitars were accepted to take part to the event, from acoustic to electric guitars to bass, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles, resulting in a joyful, eclectic, rock’n’rolling musical fest at the heart of one of Poland’s most charming cities.

The enthusiastic guitarists broke, by 12 musicians, the world record that was already set during last year’s festival, when 7.411 people simultaneously played ‘Hey Joe’ on Wroclaw’s Market Square.

Described as “a yearly guitar extravaganza where guitarists from Poland and beyond meet en masse to set (yet another) record in simultaneous guitar playing”, the Thanks Jimi Festival has been, since 2003, organized in Wroclaw as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, widely recognized as one of the greatest singers, musicians and songwriters of the 20th century, who died in 1970 at the ominous age of 27.

Interested in weird achievements?

Check out the list of the weirdest, most impressive or simply completely wacko Guinness World Records broken in Poland and/or by Polish people. Just to give you a taste of what to expect, you should know that it includes the largest gathering of people with medical implants, the most people lifted and thrown under 2 minutes, the fastest time to solve a Rubik’s Cube and the longest black pudding desert… to name only a few.

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