Longest Concert Ever

About 900 musicians in the central Japan town of Hikone set a new record for the world’s longest concert during a nine-day period.

The participants, ranging in age from 6 to 89, played for 184 hours straight a repertoire that included everything from Beethoven to The Beatles.

The event’s organizer, Kuniko Teramura, told local news outlets that a representative of the Guinness World Records was on hand to certify the record for the history books when the marathons ended at 10 a.m. March 31st.

The previous record for the longest concert was set in Canada five years ago. It lasted 182 hours.

The event went uninterrupted for nine days, even through a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that jolted the stage on March 25th during a piano performance.

All the performances took place at the Omi Railway Corporation’s Toriimoto Station in Hikone.

According to the rules, no more than five minutes could pass between acts. Some of the artists played multiple times during the event.