Action On Hearing Loss Charity Breaks World Record For Playing Air Guitar

Action on Hearing Loss has broken the world record for the largest number of people playing air guitar at the same time.

The hearing charity, formerly called RNID, successfully broke the record at the World Of Music, Arts and Dance Festival at the weekend.

A massive 2227 people turned out and rocked out to Jimi Hendrix’s legendary track Purple Haze for 90 seconds.

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!”

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.

Harrison added: “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.”

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

Chris Smith, WOMAD organiser, 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!”

To beat the record one had to do at least three air guitar moves within an enclosed area.

Action on Hearing Loss is working for a world where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label people, where tinnitus is silenced – and where people value and look after their hearing. Look after your hearing to prevent having to wear a phonak hearing aid or an oticon hearing aid.

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