20 May PPL-PRS BACKS GOTB
Guitars On The Beach 2019 is delighted to announce that it has been honoured by the backing of Phonographic Performance Ltd-Performing Right Society, which is supporting the June 15th event because of its work for the guitarist community.
In recognition of GOTB’s annual drive to encourage guitarists of all ages and abilities to perform together and for newcomers to learn to play guitar, PPL PRS is providing a 50% discount on its standard charges for the event which holds the UK record for the largest number of guitarists all playing together at the same time.
A GOTB spokesman said: “Organising a happening which in the past has seen more than 2,000 guitarists playing together costs thousands of pounds and so every bit helps to get this show if not on the road at least on the sand.
“So we are hugely grateful to PPL PRS that GOTB has won their support and good wishes for success this year. With their backing and that of our sponsors, it should be a fine day.
“And with the Met Office forecasting above-average temperatures for June we are hopeful that it will be a mighty fine day.”
Guitars On The Beach began in 2013 when a small group of guitarists and live music lovers in Lyme Regis organised a UK attempt on the world record for the largest number of guitarists simultaneously playing together, a record currently held by Poland with 7,600 guitarists.
Although the bid fell short of the Poles’ record, more than 2,200 guitarists performed on the beach in the Dorset seaside resort and organisers claimed the record as “Britain’s biggest band”.
This year the event is “going Green” in recognition of the climate change emergency and will be providing a platform for local eco community groups including Turn Lyme Green, Plastic Free Lyme Regis and Extinction Rebellion to give advice to those attending on how everyone can do their bit to help save the planet.
When GOTB began the guitarists all played together on one song, Buddy Holly’s “Rave On”. This year, in response to requests from the sand band to “give us more to play”, organisers have arranged a 14-song play-along set which includes Jackson Browne’s “Running On Empty”, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” and, as a tribute to “50 years of one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time”, the Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”.
Full details of the entirely free event to which all guitarists are invited, along with chord sheets for all of the play-along songs, are available at the website www.guitarsonthebeach.com