The Independent London Newspaper
19th May 2019

World record for longest continuous jam session set at Camden Town bar

    The Blues Kitchen sets a new world record
    Published: 25 September, 2014

    A CAMDEN Town bar smashed their way into the record books this week, with the longest ever continuous jam session.

    Three hundred and thirty-four musicians, from amateurs to professionals, took to the stage to play their part in the jazzy extravaganza at the Blues Kitchen in Camden High Street which lasted for a record time of 50 hours and 45 seconds.

    One dedicated blues fan, Kerim ‘Kez’ Güneş, managed to stick it out through the entire event, playing for over 14 hours and watching the show for the remaining 35. He said: “I’m absolutely shattered to be honest – I couldn’t play another note if I tried. I’ve enjoyed every second of the last few days and I’ll never forget playing alongside over 300 other jazz-heads. I can’t wait to raise a glass of bourbon and then hit the sack.”

    The first note was strummed on Sunday at 12 pm, and musicians played on till 2pm on Tuesday, with jazz legend Ian Siegal finishing off the last hour in style. The show was broadcast live over Facebook. 

    Liam Hart, Creative Director of The Blues Kitchen said: “This is our way of raising a glass and tipping a hat to everyone that has made the last five years unremittingly kick-ass. We never imagined we’d get this kind of response from the music loving public. The reaction from the local community, performers and spectators alike has been truly humbling.”

    The venue in Camden High Street will be donating £10 to Kids Company, a charity which helps vulnerable inner-city children, for every performer who graced the stage.



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