19th Air Guitar World Championships

The Air Guitar Circus takes over Oulu on 27-30 Aug 2014! The World Final is battled at Rotuaari Square on Friday 29 August starting at 7.30 p.m. The Final event is free of charge - Join the carnival!

Watch the World Final Live Online

The World Final will be streamed online on Fri 29 August, starting at 7.40 p.m. (EET) at www.kaleva.fi/ilmakitara. Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Scribble feed by using #agwc2014

Performance order for the finals is here!

The final lottery has been done, and here is the performance order for tonights show.

1. Doug ”The Thunder” Stroock (US)

2. Keisuke ”Keisuke The Ninja” Nagatsuka (JP)

3. Del-Kun Dave ”G. Tso Money” Chen (TW)

4. Rob ”Windhammer” Weychert (US)

5. Daniel ”Moredrive” Oldemeier (DE)

6. Marquina ”Marteeka” Iliev (US)

7. Guy ”The Bandit” Thompson (UK)

8. Corentin ”Airgus” Fermont (BE)

9. Nanami ”Nanami Seven Seas Nagura” Nagura (JP)

10. Eric ”Mean Melin” Melin (US)

11. Sabrina ”Lady Liberty” Schramm (DE)

12. Atanas ”Air Grinder” Tsvetkov (BG)

13. Charlotte ”Boy Named Sue” Clarke (UK)

14. Lee ”Brymtime” Brymer (CA)

15. Matt ”Airistotle” Burns (US)

16. Michael ”The Destroyer” Heffels (NL)

 

The Final Jury includes five members: The esteemed head of the Jury, guitarist, the Keith Richards of Finland, Juha Torvinen, the CEO of Cable Factory (Helsinki) and the director of choir Huutajat Petri Sirviö, a show dance expert Outi Räsänen. Also two National Championships' organizers of the AGWC Network: Ivalyo Botushanov (BG) and Mathias Mertens (DE). 

If you are not lucky enough to be present in Rotuaari Stage, you can see the show streamed live online in  www.kaleva.fi/ilmakitara starting at 7.40 p.m. (EET)

Keep on rockin' in the free world! PEACE!

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Fri 29 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Eight Dark Horses Go Through to the World Final

Eight Dark Horses Go Through to the World Final

Keisuke the Ninja (right) and The Thunder Stroock (left) took were the top2 Air Guitarists at the Dark Horses Qualifying Round.

Altogether 20 Dark Horses battled over the last spots in the Air Guitar World Championships Final in Oulu, Northern Finland on Thursday 28 August. The highest scores were given to Japanese Keisuke ‘Keisuke The Ninja’ Nagatsuka who took over the first place with his Asian fury. The second best scores were given to Doug ‘The Thunder’ Stroock (US) and the third spot was taken over by Del-Kun Dave ”G. Tso Money” Chen (TW).

Dark Horses Qualifiying Round, complete results:

1. Keisuke "Keisuke the Ninja" Nagatsuka (JP) 18,0
2. Doug "The Thunder" Stroock (US) 17,8
3. Del-Kun Dave "G. Tso Money" Chen (TW) 17,4
4. Rob "Windhammer" Weychert (US) 17,3
4. Marquina "Marteeka" Iliev (US) 17,3
4. Guy "The Bandit" Thompson (UK) 17,3
7. Corentin "Airgus" Fermont (BE) 17,1
8. Daniel "Moredrive" Oldemeier (DE) 16,7 (16,8)
8. Shingo "Airguitaryman Shingoro" Harima (JP) 16,7 (16,6) 
10. Marie "Chuck Airy" von Borstel (DE) 16,6 
11. Tom "Sgt. Wrecker" Hill (AU) 16,2 
12. Jan "Geeky Gisbert" Fischer (DE) 16,1 
12. Valentina "Electric Butterfly" Urm (RU) 16,1 
14. Jessica "Aerojess" Lange (DE) 15,9 
15. Michael "Giant Junk" Vucovich (US) 15,8 
16. Merlin "Airlectic Shock" Schumacher (DE) 15,5 
17. Soile "Office Rat" Suvanto (FI) 15,2 
18. Mitsuaki "Inogami Koushou" Inoue (JP) 15,1 
19. Mikael "Spike" Dahlbom (SE) 14,6 
20. Noriko "Angel Prop Norry" Irie (JP) 14,4


The honorary jury included Artistic Director of Oulu Music Video Festival, Otto Kylmälä, singer of the flamenco band Bajo Cero & producer of the Jojo - Oulu Dance Centre Anna Murtola and Neondad guitarist and esteemed Air Guitar model Jarkko Halunen, and two National Championships' organizers of the AGWC Network: Aline ”The Devil’s Niece” Westphal from Germany and Dan ”Björn Türoque” Crane from the United States.

High quality photos of the qualified Air Guitarists can be found on Media Gallery.

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Fri 29 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Those Steamin' Dark Horses Tonight!

The exciting lottery for the performing order for Dark Horses tonight in 45 Special has been done.

1. Marie "Chuck Airy" von Borstel (DE)
2. Jessica "Aerojess" Lange (DE)
3. Merlin "Airlectic Shock" Schumacher (DE)
4. Tom "Sgt. Wrecker" Hill (AU)
5. Doug "The Thunder" Stroock (US)
6. Shingo "Airguitaryman Shingoro" Harima (JP)
7. Keisuke "Keisuke the Ninja" Nagatsuka (JP)
8. Noriko "Angel Prop Norry" Irie (JP)
9. Corentin "Airgus" Fermont (BE)
10. Rob "Windhammer" Weychert (US)
11. Mitsuaki "Inogami Koushou" Inoue (JP)
12. Valentina "Electric Butterfly" Urm (RU)
13. Soile "Office Rat" Suvanto (FI)
14. Mikael "Giant Junk" Vucovich (US)
15. Del-Kun Dave "G. Tso Money" Chen (TW)
16. Marquina "Marteeka" Iliev (US)
17. Jan "Geeky Gisbert" Fischer (DE)
18. Daniel "Moredrive" Oldemeier (DE)
19. Michael "Spike" Dahlbom (SE)
20. Guy "The Bandit" Thompson (UK)

Good luck to all the contestants! Let the Airness Lead You!

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Thu 28 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Recycled & Demilitarized - The 2014 Edition of Air Gear is here!

Recycled & Demilitarized - The 2014 Edition of Air Gear is here!

The official Air Guitar World Championships merchandise 2014, brought to you by our friend Varusteleka - one of the biggest army stores in Europe.

Something old, something new - This year you can choose from two different prints: ”Airness Is Next to Godliness” by comic artist Mari Ahokoivu, and last year's visual ”Make Air, Not War" print by our lovely graphic designer Mikko Arhippainen. Prints are made by Kooma - hand-made clothes from Oulu since 1998.

Promo Pics photographed at the kooma boutique, by Valokuvaamo Palovaara - Pekka Palovaara. 2013 photos taken at Northern Finnish soul scenery, a swamp of Yli-Ii.

Limited edition: merchandise is available only in the event in 2014 at Cultural Centre Valve (Hallituskatu 7, Oulu) and at the World Final venue. These beautiful outfits were sold out last year, don’t waste any time to get your own.

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Tue 26 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

National Champions 2014: Lady Liberty (DE)

National Champions 2014: Lady Liberty (DE)

The National Champions 2014 blog series presents the Air Guitarists who represent their country in the World Final on Friday 29 August. The T-shirts are donated by the City of Oulu that welcomes all the airheads to join the Air Guitar circus on 27-30 August.

Name: Sabrina "Lady Liberty" Schramm
Years in active: 1.5 years
Where do you get your Airness: The love for music drives me.
Oulu in 5 words: I, have, never, been, there! I guess it is very Interesting, fun, Full of Airness and awesome people!
My Air Guitar Idol: The guy in the bar who plays with all his heart not careing about a thing - we all know him!
Greetings to the Air Guitar Family: Airy greetings, see you in a week!

See more info on Air Guitar Germany.

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Mon 25 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)


The purpose of the Air Guitar World Championships is to promote world peace. According to the ideology of the Air Guitar, wars would end, climate change stop and all bad things disappear, if all the people in the world played the Air Guitar. This is why the whole universe is invited to play the Air Guitar for the world peace at the end of the competition.

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