Largest Concert in the Southern Hemisphere - The Seekers
Date of Record: 06/02/2013
The Seekers (Athol Guy, Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Judith Durham) were a much-loved folk group that formed in Melbourne in 1962 and went on to sell over 50 million records.
After spending 3 years in the UK, in March 1967, The Seekers returned to Australia for a homecoming tour, which included a record-breaking concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl attended by more than 200,000 people. At the time this was one tenth of Melbourne's population!
The Seekers were accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hector Crawford. In 1993 this concert was listed as a World Record, as the largest concert crowd ever gathered in the southern hemisphere.
Favourite songs such as Morningtown Ride, Georgy Girl and The Carnival is Over, were all crowd pleasers. Film of this amazing event was incorporated into their 1967 Australian television spectacular, 'The Seekers at Home and Down Under', which was screened on the Seven Network and drew a record rating of 6,070,000. It still remains in the Top 10 Most Watched television specials in Australian history.