Sunday, 31 July 2011 19:42

Charity Action on Hearing Loss smashes air guitar world record! Featured

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womad-air-guitar-world-record-2011At WOMAD Festival this morning, the charity Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) attempted to break the world record for the largest number of people playing air guitar at the same time. It was a massive success with 2227 people turning up, the largest number ever.

The air guitar-loving crowd rocked the main stage with Jimi Hendrix’s legendary track Purple Haze, and compering the guitar heroic was WOMAD favourite, rock singer Justin Adams.

Emma Harrison, Action on Hearing Loss Director of Public Engagement, said: ‘To quote The Queen song: We are the champions! We’ve got to thank every person who got up early and showed off their imaginary strumming. Jimi Hendrix would have been proud of us!

‘We always knew the WOMAD crowd would get behind us, as they’ve traditionally been great supporters of our campaign to get more people to wear earplugs when listening to loud music at live events.’

WOMAD organiser Chris Smith said: ‘What an achievement by Action on Hearing Loss! We’ve worked together for a number of years and delighted that so many people turned up to support a worthwhile cause!’

The Air Guitar World Record attempt was in aid of the Action on Hearing Loss music campaign, which raises awareness about the importance of listening to loud music safely by wearing hearing protection at gigs and festivals. The world record attempt was also signed by Sign Solutions.

The attempt was made with the help of current Air Guitar UK Champion, Thom ‘W!ld Th!ng 37’ Wilding. This attempt beats the current record of 1,883 people and Guinness Book of World Records is in the process of examining our attempt.

To beat the record, the crowd had to play for 90 seconds and do at least three air guitar moves within an enclosed area.


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