Forget Brazil - Barnsley sets Samba band world record: SLIDESHOW

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RECORD-breaking musicians filled the air with an “immense sound” as they came together at Barnsley FC’s Oakwell ground to form the World’s Largest Samba Band.

People had come from across the UK for the event and, although the number of participants was much lower than expected, the attempt was still a success.

Hundreds of musicians attended a world-record attempt at Oakwell Stadium in Barnsley playing Samba Drums

Hundreds of musicians attended a world-record attempt at Oakwell Stadium in Barnsley playing Samba Drums

Chris Armitage, events co-ordinator at Barnsley-based samba drum manufacturer Louder Than Life, which organised the day, said: “There were 651 people who joined the attempt, including a youth band from Edinburgh and performers from as far afield as the south coast. One thousand more who said they were coming, including Carlos Ferreira, of Melbourne Samba Band, Australia, didn’t make it.

“But it was a completely new Guinness World Record attempt and Guinness said we needed to have at least 250 people playing. The noise was absolutely immense.

“We had an hour-long warm up, then the record-breaking performance lasted five-and-a-half minutes.”