World's longest concert record set

Japanese musicians overcame fatigue and a major earthquake to set the record for the world’s longest concert today, playing 184 hours nonstop in a programme that ranged from Beatles classics to traditional harp music.

More than 900 musicians aged 6 to 89 took turns performing in the nine-day marathon – with breaks of no more than five minutes between acts – at a small railway station in Hikone city, western Japan, according to organiser Kuniko Teramura, 51.

An official from the Guinness Book of World Records was on standby to certify the record at 10am today, she said.

“The longest concert by multiple artists was achieved by Kuniko Teramura and friends at Toriimoto Station ... from 23-31 March 2007,” read a copy of the certificate.

The previous record for longest concert was set in Canada five years ago and lasted 182 hours, according to the Guinness Web site.

Last Sunday, a magnitude 6.9 quake in northwestern Japan jolted the stage – but didn’t stop a determined pianist from ploughing on with her tune, said Hiroshi Mizutani, 51, another organiser.

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