An ABR in the music biz has set a new Guinness World Record for visiting 26 live music festivals across Europe in 30 days on his BMW R 1200 R.
Starting at Glastonbury on 24 June, music journalist Greg Parmley managed to mix work with pleasure by riding 5,500 miles though13 European countries including Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland to hit all the countries' big music festivals.
Covering up to 400 miles a day, Greg was able to see 150 live bands along the way, including performances by Queens of the Stone Age, Elbow and Slash, before returning to London 30 days later, right on schedule.
“Right from the off, I knew this trip would be a lot about timing. It was a bit like a house of cards - if I missed a festival for any reason, the whole record attempt was in danger of collapsing."
“I had a slight problem in Slovakia, in that I took everything I wasn’t wearing to a launderette to be washed," admits Greg, 'but then completely forgot about my clothes and went to Hungary. Fortunately, underwear isn’t so pricey there!”
“I know I’ve crammed a few years of festival going into a short space of time, but it hasn’t dampened my love of music in the slightest," he says. "The big question now is how to follow it up next summer!”
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