Traditionally on the 1st of May in Wrocław fans of guitar music will gather together to play "Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix. This year it will be already the 15th edition of Guitar Guinness World Record as part of the Thanks Jimi Festival. The event is becoming a cult event, and every year people from across Poland and the rest of Europe gather in Wrocław, attempting to beat the Guinness World Record in the collaborative guitar rendition of "Hey Joe". This year, participants will attempt to beat their own record from 2016, when the song resounded, while being played through 7356 guitars. That year Wrocław was the European Capital of Culture. Will they be able to beat the record this time? We know, we can do even better!
In addition to those taking part in the free event in Wrocław others will be joining in worldwide via the web in both organized smaller events as well as individually online so you are welcome to join us in person in Wrocław or online from anywhere in the world. (only those in Wrocław can count for the actual record number though).
Every year the festival is becoming more and more international, as evidenced by the global media coverage and popular web feeds. The music stages from Wrocław are being broadcast by stations such as Al Jazeera, RTL or the U.S. giant - CBS. The growing popularity of the Wrocław event is not surprising, as hearing several thousand guitars playing the legendary track at once always leaves a huge impression on everyone. As pointed out by the originator of the project Leszek Cichoński: "Guitar Guinness World Record is not only a celebration of professional guitarists, but more of a shared experience, everyone can participate in. In fact, to play with us, you only need to be present in Wrocław, bring an instrument and some enthusiasm. What matters is having fun."
Participation in Guitar Guinness World Record is free of charge, you just need to bring your guitar and be able to play the 5 basic chords C / G / D / A / E, which make up the song Hey Joe.
So everyone is invited to join us on may 1st 2017 to create a Guitar Union!
Many bands will play throughout the day and there will be associated concerts that night including The Cranberries, Enter Shikari, Lacuna Coil, Greg Koch and others. More artist will be announced soon!
Enrolment of participants for the Guitar Guinness World Record starts at 10:00 am on May 1st. The concert of the invited stars and guitar workshops start right after the enrolment.
The official attempt to set a new Guitar Guinness Record will take place at 04:00 pm and at 05:00 pm the accompanying concerts will begin in Centennial Hall Area.
Take your guitar - bring your friends - come to Wrocław! ... or Join us ONLINE !
We need 7,356 guitarists and You!
Please join us! You can find all the details, including how to play the songs we will play together and how to participate online, at:
You can also watch how we played last year on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6q3nu1XJgU
If you'd like to learn how to play Hey Joe, you can watch the tutorial with Leszek Cichoński, polish guitarist and one of the originator of the Thanks Jimi Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKM2h6tCy1c
Since last year Thanks Jimi Festival is connected with the biggest festival in Wrocław, 3-majowka, which for many years gathers the rock stars from Poland and abroad. The festival takes place between 1st and 3rd of May. If you can, try to stay a little bit longer in the capital of Lower Silesia!