Air Guitar World Championships 2017

 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

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) airnestprod.com.

 

 

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. 

 

 

BLOG: THE CANADIAN AIR GUITAR EVENT MODEL – AIR GUITAR FOR GOOD

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?

A ROCKING WAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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...

 

THEME FOR 2017 IS CLIMATE CHANGE

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!

 

WORLD FINAL AT KUUSISAARI

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)

 

US AIR GUITAR QUALIFIERS

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 SEASON IN CANADA

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
NATIONAL FINAL – July 15th – MOD CLUB

More info: Air Guitar Canada 

 

 

NEW PRODUCER

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.

 

 

AMERICA’S AIRISTOTLE TAKES THE TITLE OF AIR GUITAR WORLD CHAMPION

The fourth time was a charm for American Matt "Airistotle" Burns, who won the 21st Air Guitar World Championships in convincing fashion on 26 August in Oulu, Finland. The word to describe the win in Finnish is "sisu," which means perseverance.

After three years of second-place finishes, Burns vaulted to the top of the pack to become the air guitar champion of the world.
"Since it's an Olympic year, I'm stoked to bring the title back home to my country," said Burns.

Burns unseated former champ Kereel "Your Daddy" Blumenkrants, his friend from Russia, who placed second. The close friendship of the two best air guitarists in the world is proof that the Air Guitar World Championships' message of unity and world peace is a real one.

Nicole "Mom Jeans Jeanie" Sevcik and her husband Luke "Van Dammage" Sevcik made competitive air guitar history as the first married couple to make the second round of competition, placing third and fifth respectively.

Peace and goodwill filled the air as a crowd of more than 5,000 sang along to a Karaoke performance of The Beatles' "All You Need is Love" during the show's halftime.

15 air guitarists from around the world competed in this year’s Air Guitar World Championships Final.

The results:

1. Matt "Airistotle" Burns (USA) 35,7 (17,7)
2. Kereel "Your Daddy" Blumenkrants (RUS) 34,8 (17,3)
3. Nicole "Mom Jeans Jeanie" Sevcik (USA) 34,3 (17,1)
4. Rob "The Marquis" Messel (USA) 34,1 (17,0)
5. Dave "G. Tso Money" Chen (TW) 33,7 (17,0)
5. Luke "Van Dammage" Sevcik 33,7 (17,0)
7. Manami "TAM" Morita (JPN) 33,6 (16,9)
8. Dave "Onkel Udo Wonz" Lang (GER) 33,3 (17,0)
9. Blake "The Canadian Tuxedo" Johnston (CAN) 16,8
10. Daniel "Moredrive" Oldemeier (GER) 16,7
10. Vincent "Lord Scrat" Roussel (FRA) 16,7
12. Jeffrey "The Airtiste" Stiles (USA) 16,5
13. Thom " w!ldth!ng" Wilding (UK) 16,3
14. Giesela "Gizzy Guitar" Visser (NZL) 16,2
15. Carlos "Hanzel the Manzel" Mengual (CAN) 15,8

High quality photos are available on Media Gallery: http://www.airguitarworldchampionships.com/en/press/media-gallery/

 


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.

MAKE AIR, NOT WAR

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