Thank for the wonderful season of Air Guitar! We truly love you all, airheads! The 19th edition of Air will be celebrated on 27-30 August 2014.
"Losing Yourself in The Song Is a Beautiful Thing"
Two months have passed since Mean Melin was crowned the World Champion. Representing the international Air Guitar community has kept him busy lately - took him even to the BBC News to discuss the scientific aspect of the air guitar with a Cambridge professor - and yet he found some time to share his inspiring thoughts with us. Here's the story about a late bloomer who became the world's number one Air Guitarist. And he keeps doing us proud , that's for sure!
"It’s been two months now since I’ve had the honor of being the Air Guitar World Champion, and I have to tell you - it’s still sinking in. I had such an amazing time meeting people from all over the world who are addicted to this crazy sport/art form as much as I am.
I am a late bloomer. Five years ago was the first time I had even heard that this hilarious subculture of music fans and shame-free freaks even existed, and ever since my first competition, I have been working to spread the word as an air guitar ambassador in the U.S. I’m excited to expand that this year.
Scientifically proven: Air Guitar Improves Creativity
Scientists at Cambridge University have concluded that playing an air instrument unlocks the creative process. Our World Champion Mean Melin discuss the matter on BBC News with a Cambridge scholar - Watch and learn!
Interviews, articles, videos and other funny stuff
During the long post-festival weeks, AGWC Headquarters has had the pleasure to follow the amazing stories covered on the 18th edition of Air. We gathered some best bits and pieces on Storify, check it!
Air Guitarists and the International Day of Peace
In the name of Air Guitar, join the International Peace Day!
Air Guitar World Championships and Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard, the Spiritual Guide in Air Guitar, encourage all the Airheads around the world to participate in the peaceful celebration on Saturday 21 September.
Your action for peace can be either huge or tiny, visible or invisible, there or in air - no pressure! Some inspirational words by our Spiritual Guide:
"Greetings fellow air heads!
As many of you may remember during the Airimonies at this year's AGWC, I spoke a bit about the power of air guitar. I specifically talked about the feeling of happiness, love and peace that we all feel during the week we spend together. If you remember, I mentioned that those feelings didn't have to stay in Oulu. Instead, we can carry those feelings throughout the year in our everyday lives. We can achieve those feelings by very simply smiling at a person on the street. Or by holding a door open for a stranger. You can even spend an entire day giving out as many high fives as you possibly can! Not only will you benefit from the feelings that you will achieve from committing these peaceful acts, but the people on the receiving end will experience those same feelings as well. In turn, they may seek to do the same for others and then we've created this infectious spread of happiness, love and peace.
This Saturday (September 21st) happens to be International Peace Day. Again, we can achieve these feelings every day, but this Satuday let's all take this opportunity to combine our powers and project some positivity into the world. If we join forces with the rest of the world who observe this day, we'll be doing our part to make the world a better place!
- Nordic Thunder
Media Gallery: Photographs of the finalists available
Media Gallery has been updated. You will find high-resolution photographs of every finalist and the final it self in our Media Gallery. Log in with your whole name and e-mail address. Gallery can be found here.
All photos from the AGWC final are taken by photographer Maiju Torvinen, photos of the Qualifying Round fo Dark Horses are by Heidi Risto.
Make air, not war.