Air Guitar World Championships



the coolest events come from oulu

BALTIC SNOW CALL 2018 is an international snow sculpting contest which brings together top sculptors from 10 different countries to battle over gold and glory in Nallikari, Oulu on February 21st - 25th. This one of a kind snow sculpting competition is part of the International Association of Snow and Ice Sculpture’s official event calendar.

Sat 24th Art of Snow and Light with Lumo Light Festival. The contest area will be illuminated and turned into a unique and magical Winter Art Park. More info coming soon!

Sun 25th The awards ceremony starting at 1pm at the contest site. Three best teams will be awarded and the amazing air guitar legend Nordic Thunder performs, so don't miss it! Free entry.

More info & program:

Photo: Anna Koivukangas


Our friends at POLAR BEAR PITCHING worked hard and so the fifth event became a reality. Startup companies jumped to a hole cut through the ice in the frozen Baltic Sea to pitch to international investors and global audience. Polar Bear Pitching combines modern international business culture and the cornerstone of Finnish culture, sisu.

AGWC was also involved in this wonderful madness as Markus "Black Raven" Vainionpää descended into the icy waters and showed how air guitaring is done with an attitude! Check out for yourself at the livestream!

More info here



AGWC 2018 

Prepare for the awesome 23rd edition - The Air Guitar World Championships will take place on August 22nd - 24th 2018. Venue and program will be annouced later. Stay tuned! 



air guitar workshops

AGWC is a part of Oulu August Festival. In 2017, as Finland celebrates its centenary of indepence, we were also making Identiteettien kaleidoskooppi ("caleidoscope of identities") happen - a series of events which aims to point out characterictics and strengthen difference as a part of being a Finn. 

Previous World Champions Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard and Markus Vainionpää lead air guitar workshops for children and youngsters. They encouraged the participants to be creative and express themselves boldly, and told about the positive things that playing an air guitar has brought in their lives, such as border crossing friendship and sense of community. 





AGWC finalists had a photoshoot with WWF's panda shirts at the backtage area. Make Fresh Air, Not War!

Photos: Olga Lesonen


visitor survey

Visitor survey and the lottery have been executed for 2017.

Thank you!

Matt “The Airistotle” Burns takes the title of Air Guitar World Champion again

The 22nd  Air Guitar World Championships were held in Oulu, Finland in freezingly cold weather. Despite the poor weather conditions, the performances from the 15 finalists were steaming. The reigning champion, Matt “Airistotle” Burns (USA) defended his title successfully with the score of 35,4, only the fourth time in the contest´s 22 years of history. The runner ups, Patrick "Ehrwolf" Culek from Germany and Alexander "The Jinja Assassin" Roberts from Australia were tied for the second place with the score of 34,6. Third place went to Japanese 15-year-old Show-Show, who competed for the first time outside Japanese soil.

15 air guitarists from around the world competed in this year’s world finals. Here are the results: 

1.Matt "Airistotle" Burns, USA, 35,4

2.Patrick "Ehrwolf" Culek, Germany, 34,6

2.Alexander "The Jinja Assassin" Roberts, Australia, 34,6

3.SHOW-SHOW, Japan,  34,5

4.Luke "Van Dammage" Sevcik, USA, 34,3

5.Genevieve "The Phoenix" LeBlanc, Canada, 34,1

6.Nicole "Mom Jeans Jeanie" Sevcik, USA, 33,9

7.Toshio "Shariten Kd" Kado, Japan, 33,5

8. HAN SU "Devil's Adam" YONG, South-Korea, 16,7

8. Thom "w!ldth!ng" Wilding, United Kingdom, 16,7

9. Marc "Airbreaker" Dumont, Germany, 16,5

10. Steve "Fran Chopin" Ruggiero, USA, 16,4 

11. Del-Kun "G. Tso Money" Dave Chen, Taiwan, 16,2  

12. Mikael "Goilarn" Nyrén, Sweden, 16,1

12. Rizwan "Papa Air" Ahsan, USA/Pakistan, 16,1

High quality photos are available here. Photographer: Juuso Haarala. Please note that the photos can be used without a compensation only for non-commercial web use. The photographer has to be mentioned. For print photos contact hanna(a) 


New World Champion of Air Guitar will be crowned tonight, as the World Finals takes place in Oulu, Finland. 


1. Del-Kun "G. Tso Money" Dave Chen, TWN

2. Mikael "Goilarn" Nyrén, SWE

3. Rizwan "Papa Air" Ahsan, USA/PAK

4. Luke "Van Dammage" Sevcik, USA

5. Marc "Airbreaker" Dumont, GER

6.  Alexander "The Jinja Assassin" Roberts, AUS

7. Toshio "Shariten Kd" Kado, JP

8. HAN SU "Devil's Adam" YONG, KOR

9. Steve "Fran Chopin" Ruggiero, USA 

10. Thom "w!ldth!ng" Wilding, ENG 

11. Matt "Airistotle" Burns, USA 


13. Genevieve "The Phoenix" LeBlanc, CAN

14. Nicole "Mom Jeans Jeanie" Sevcik, USA

15. Patrick "Ehrwolf" Culek, GER

The Finals start at 8 PM (Finnish time) and it can be watched from this address:


For more info, please call Mr. Anssi Ikonen, +358 40 725 27 98


A U.K. air guitar veteran and an American living in Thailand playing a French character tied for first place at the Dark Horses’ Qualifying Round for the Air Guitar World Championships on Thursday 24 August.

Thom ”w!ldth!ng” Wilding and faux Frenchie Steve “Fran Chopin” Ruggerio, along with eight other air guitarists from 12 different countries have advanced to tomorrow’s competition - the 22ndAir Guitar World Championships.

Altogether 20 Dark Horses took part in the qualification. These winners will face off against four champions from the U.S., Japan, Germany, and Canada, as well as reigning world air guitar champion Matt “Airistotle” Burns (US).

1. Steve ”Fran Chopin” Ruggiero (USA) 17.4
1. Thom “W!ldth!ng” Wilding (ENG) 17,4
2. Han Su “Devil´s Adam” Yong  (KOR) 17,2
3. Toshio “Shariten Kd” Kado  (JP) 17,0
4. Alexander ”Jinja Assassin”  Roberts (AUS) 16,9
5. Luke ”Van Dammage” Sevcik (USA) 16,8
5. Marc ”Airbreaker” Dumont (GER) 16,8
5.Rizwan “Papa Air” Ahsan (USA/PAK) 16,8
6. Mikael “Goilarn” Nyrén (SWE) 16,6
7. Del-Kun (G. Tso Money” Dave Chen (USA) 16,4

8. Tom “ Sgt. Wrecker” Hill (AUS) 16,3
9. Matthew “His Airness” Dailey (USA) 16,2
10. Park Jin “The Clown” Woo (KOR) 15,8
10. Tim "Six String General" Granlund (USA) 15,8
11. Katharina "President AirPump" Tomaschek (GER) 15,7
12. Matti "Höpö-Masa" Högman (FIN) 15,5
13. Amy "Stack Attack" Stack (USA) 15,4
14. Kimmo "Izzy" Nurmi (FIN) 15,0
15. Kari "Kari"Pulkkinen (FIN) 14,6
16. Jeffrey "Asian Invasion" Mo (CAN) 14,4

Photos can be found here. Photographer: Juuso Haarala.

The 22nd Air Guitar World Championships takes place tomorrow night 25 August at 8pm UTC +3 and can be watched via livestream at


agwc merchandise 

We have new awesome t-shirts and bags available! The merchandise has a picture of Air Guitar World Championship legends. Our merchandise is being sold this week at our info desk (the Radisson Blu hotel, Hallituskatu 1, Oulu.) Opening hours: Wed 23rd - Thu 24th 12pm-4pm & Fri 25th 2pm-6pm. If there's any left after the festival, we'll sell the rest via our webshop.


Airheads fighting against climate change

Check out some cool climate pledges below, and leave your's here. For environmen't sake.

Make Fresh Air, Not War!


introducing the 2017 National champions 

We asked this year's awesome, newly crowned national champions a few questions - find out what they had to say about themselves and how they got involved in air guitar from our blog!


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - minimizing your carbon footprint

Households do not need to make massive changes to reduce emissions. Recycling old clothes or saving energy at home helps to reduce the effects of climate change. Helping the environment has a big significance on which kind of world we live in the future. In WWF's blog there are three things listed that YOU can do to help slow down climate change.

It is advocated that sustainable options are always better, because the burning of fossil fuels is one of the leading causes of climate change, increasingly putting our environment, wildlife, and people at risk. And with smarter, more sustainable green ways of producing energy, we can help conserve Earth's precious resources. Read from the blog about the little things that you can do; for example, buy environmentally-friendly products or install energy-efficient light bulbs. Little things matter!

Our partner WWF Finland states that climate change might just be the largest environmental issue ever faced and a single person can influence by changing living, traveling and eating habits. So, let's reduce, reuse and recycle!


Markus "Black Raven" Vainionpää had an awesome videoshoot with a couple of Japanese comedian stars and a production company. Read more about the greatness from our blog.


You'll find the Final week's schedule from the PROGRAM section. Affordably priced tickets to the Airientation day on Wed 23rd August and World Final's VIP passes and packages can be bought at our webshop!



Air Guitar World Championships is held at Kuusisaari's new event park. The World Final is free of charge and without age limitations. There is food and merchandise to be bought and a bar area for adults. We recommend to arrive early due to security check.

A superb Hard Rock band Temple Balls starts the show with an energetic live show! 

6 pm Gates open
7 pm Temple Balls
8 pm World Final begins



VIP Passports for the World Final are being sold at our webshop!

The price is very affordable and includes entry to VIP with best views and a buffet dinner. Buy yours now and experience the unique vibe of an internationally acclaimed entertainment event at the new Kuusisaari event park on Fri 25th August!



The Air Guitar VIP package includes the following:

  • VIP-passport for the AGWC Final 25th August 2017: entrance to VIP tent with an excellent view to the stage and buffet dinner. 
  • accommodation at Radisson Blu Hotel Oulu, close to the festival area
  • Super Breakfast
  • evening and morning saunas with swimming pool
  • access to EasyFit fitness center
  • complimentary WiFi (200 MB)

Book yours from the hotel! 

Inquiries: tel. +358 (0)20 1234 700,

See also the INFO-section and our ridiculously cool brochure (PDF) 



Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard repreented AGWC and Oulu at Astana Expo, Kazakstan. Read all about the amazing trip here!




Media accreditation for the Air Guitar World Championships is now open. We will give you further information on the event when accepted accreditations are confirmed.

Please read and fill the form carefully. Inquiries: anssi (a)



The Enrolment has begun

The world finalists will be chosen at the National Championships held in the Air Guitar Network countries during the following weeks. Other air guitarists have a chance to win a golden ticket to the Final in the Dark Horses Qualifying Round in Oulu on Thursday 24 August. The contestants can sign up in the qualifying round at the Air Guitar World Championships website.

The registration deadline is Friday 11 August. National Champions and the Dark Horses will challenge the reigning World Champion, Matt “Airistotle” Burns, who returns to Oulu from USA to defend his title. 




Air Guitar Canada

If it’s about making joy and creating world peace – why not have fun doing it while raising money for charitable interests?


People ride bikes, run marathons, eat hot dogs, pour buckets of ice water on their heads – all in the name of getting attention to causes and challenging others to contribute to worthy initiatives. Why not Air Guitar?

Read more from our blog...



We at Air Guitar World Championships are concerned about the quality of our dear instrument, an thus this year's theme is climate change. Each of us can make a difference with what we have. Let's do all we can to keep our mutual instrument playable also in the future!

We gladly cooperate with responsible operators. If you want to stand out positively, contact us (see the INFO section).

More on the theme soon. Until then: Make fresh Air, Not War!



Air Guitar World Championships Final will be held on Fri 25th August at Kuusisaari (an island near Oulu city center) - as a part of the new event park's Grand Opening! The Super Weekend, "Kuuskan paluu", is organized in collaboration with the City of Oulu.

More info and entry for Dark Horses' Qualifications and press accreditation coming soon - stay tuned! 



JAPANESE air guitar season

Air Guitar qualifiers will begin in June in Japan!

Preliminary round:
3 Jun at Shinjuku Loft, Tokyo
17 Jun at Shinjuku Loft, Tokyo
22 Jul at Shinjuku Loft, Tokyo

Final round:
4 Aug Dark Horse in Yunomoto Hot Spring, Kagoshima
5 Aug FINAL in Yunomoto Hot Spring, Kagoshima 
6 Aug Air Off in Yunomoto Hot Spring area, Kagoshima

More info: AG Japan (in Japanese)



Air Guitar Season starts in April in USA! 

4/28 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
5/6 – Custer, SD – The Frontier Grill
5/11 – Aurora, IL – Two Brothers Roundhouse – Wayne’s World 25th Anniversary Festival
5/12 – Austin, TX – Full Circle Bar Austin
5/19 – Seattle, WA – LoFi Seattle
5/20 – Nashville, TN – The Family Wash/Garage Coffee
5/20 – Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge
5/20 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Blue Lagoon
5/26 – Denver, CO – 3 Kings Tavern
6/3 – Des Moines, IA – Doc's Lounge
6/10 – Newport, AR – Jacksonport State Park – Portfest Festival

More info: US Air Guitar



Air Guitar Canada has published dates for regional events and National Championships!

Ottawa – May 6th – House of Targ – TICKETS
Toronto - May 13th – Drake Underground – TICKETS
Red Deer, AB – June 1st – Bo’s Bar and Grill – TICKETS
Eastern Ontario (Gananoque) – Fri. June 9th – Firehall Theatre 
Saskatoon – June 10th – Farmer’s Market – FREE EVENT (Suggested Donation $10)
Kamloops, BC – June 15th – CJ’s NightClub – TICKETS
Medicine Hat – June 17th – The Local – PWYC
Stony Plain, AB – Fri. June 23rd – Moonshiners Bar 
Montreal – TBA
Hamilton – July 5th – This Ain’t Hollywood – TICKETS

More info: Air Guitar Canada 




Hanna Ikonen has started working as the new producer for the Air Guitar World Championships. Ikonen has studied Cultural Management and Production and worked as a producer in different parts of Finland.

”I’m excited about the opportunity to produce and develop this magnificent event! The sense of community and creativity of the network around the competition has impressed me. Music is one of the dearest things in my life and I can’t wait to experience the awesome atmosphere of the Air Guitar World Championships.”

Air Guitar World Championships 2017 will be held in Oulu, Finland at August 23th - 25th.

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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