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A French musician sings into the record books

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 01:37

Gerald Genty is set to beat a world record after he plays 37 concerts in under 12 hours. Alicia Powell reports.

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Have you ever wondered who holds the world record for the greatest number of concerts played in under 12 hours, well it might be French musician Gerald Genty. The 40-year-old who hails from France, played 37 gigs in a host of bars and venues across Brussels. While his attempt still awaits official verification from Guinness World Records, Genty is on track to seize the title from a German group, who played 35 concerts in 12 hours in 2010. The sporty guitarist says he wants to mimic athletes by achieving his very own record, and chose the Belgian capital because of its plentiful offering of venues in close proximity. However, the challenge was not without its concerns. SOUNDBITE: Gerald Genty, musician, saying (French): "I hope my voice will hold, I hope my fingernail will hold. I hope I won't become mad, I hope we won't get lost in Brussels, I hope I won't have a heart attack." Genty and his crew dashed from bar to bar across Brussels, treating bemused onlookers to short and sweet concerts under the August sunshine. In spite of a much huskier voice by the end of the challenge, the musician was delighted with his achievement. SOUNDBITE: Gerald Genty, musician, saying (French): "I'm alright, not too tired. I've lost my voice, that's obvious. I also felt I butchered my songs, but otherwise alright. I'm very happy, yes." To achieve the record, Genty had to play for a minimum of ten minutes in different locations, with independent witnesses present to verify his attempt throughout the day.

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A French musician sings into the record books

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 01:37