Music festival attempts world record

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Between 31 August and 6 September 2009, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Brisbane City Council (BCC) hosted an 150 hour continuous music jam of selected musicians to celebrate Queensland's 150 year anniversary.

The jam aimed to break the Guinness World Record for the longest musical jam, and the most simultaneous participants in a musical jam. At noon on 6 September, anyone could show up with their acoustic instruments and participate in the final hour at the Riverstage. The Big Jam featured local music heroes from the 1950s to present, along with regular house bands and sound recording teams to capture the event. Beginning early on Monday 31 August, musicians tagged–team for just over six days at the new QUT recording studio in Newstead, before being transported to the Botanic Gardens River Stage for the finale at 12pm on Sunday 6 September. The final musicians jammed with 150 young string players, local bands and Brisbane's unleashed orchestra Deep Blue before ending on a massive 12 bar blues. Around 850 musicians took part in the whole event. The finale was part of the QUT/BCC organised Come Celebrate concert at the River Stage, which was being headlined by The Cat Empire. Whether the jam officially takes out the Guinness World Record for the longest non–stop music event is yet to be confirmed, organisers said.

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