Ready to get into the Guinness Book of World Records? The Thanks Jimi Festival is a yearly guitar extravaganza where guitarists from Poland and beyond meet en masse to set (yet another) record in simultaneous guitar playing. The first record was set in 2006 with 1581 participants and has since been beaten numerous times - most recently in 2016, when 7356 guys and gals cranked out a massive rendition of "Hey Joe." In addition to breaking records however, the event has grown into an all-day rock festival with free concerts on the market square on two stages, and additional events at Stary Klasztor and Centennial Hall.
Here's the programme for what's happening on the market square this year:
The Pillory Stage
10:00 The Magnificent 7 - Wrocław Guitar Legends
10:15 Guitar Hits Jam Session rehearsal - a practise run for all participants to prepare for the 13:00 DVD recording
12:20 George Dyer Band
13.00 Guitar Hits Jam Session (all guitarists)
The Main Stage
12:15 Paweł Domagała
12:40 Communal playing - rehearsal for DVD recording
13:15 Jan Borysewicz
13:45 Greg Koch, with Leszek Cichoński
14:00 Communal playing of Hey Joe - first attempt
14:10 Communal playing, with special guests
14:45 Group photo of all participants
15:00 Communal playing, with special guests
15:30 Start of the finale
15:45 Official Hey Joe rehearsal - participation mandatory!
16:00 Official attempt to set the new Guinness record
16:10 Reading of official results of record attempt
16:15 Encore/One more time...