News June 29, 2018

Sydney Guitar Festival to make 500-strong world record bid with ‘Highway To Hell’

Sydney Guitar Festival to make 500-strong world record bid with ‘Highway To Hell’

If you’re going to get 500 guitar players in one place in a Guinness world record attempt, which song with four chords would you choose?

That’s right, ’s Highway To Hell, with the classic guitar riff by Angus Young who also came up with its title, referring to AC/DC relentless tour schedule.

The largest electric guitar ensemble, led by The Choirboys, takes place on Sunday, August 12 at the Concourse in Chatswood.

Members of the public are encouraged to join via their official Facebook event.

599 have already indicated they are attending, so the record might already be in the bag!

Cost of registration is $45, which includes a Marshall MS2 battery powered amp worth $55 at retail, to be collected on the day of the record attempt and which participants can keep.

All profits from supporters will go towards Australian Children’s Music Foundation to support disadvantaged kids and change their lives with the power of music.

“We encourage all guitar fans to come down and join in this monumental world record attempt,” says event founder Alex Zotov.

“As some extra incentive, our guitar friends at the Ealing Blues Fest in the UK are attempting the same world record in July, so we would obviously love to ensure the record is kept here in Australian!”

Highlights include the inaugural SGF Gala with the cream of the festival’s performers, Tommy Emmanuel’s tribute to late brother Phil, a Jimi Hendrix freakout experience called Purple Haze, Rick & John Brewster of The Angels going through Bob Dylan’s back pages and a homage to The Pioneers of Rock’n’Roll played on original, rare, vintage Fender, Gibson, Martin, Gretsch, Rickenbacker and National guitars.

For full program, information and tickets to all 2018 events visit

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