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The top three performances of World Final can now be found on Youtube. More will be uploaded soon, but meanwhile, check out the amazing shows by Seven Seas, Airistotle and Mean Melin at www.youtube.com/worldairguitar.

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Sat 30 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

JAPAN BRINGS IN NEW AIR GUITAR BLOOD BY TAKING OVER THE WORLD TITLE

JAPAN BRINGS IN NEW AIR GUITAR BLOOD BY TAKING OVER THE WORLD TITLE

The Air Guitar World Champion 2014 is Nanami ”Seven Seas” Nagura of Japan

The Northern Finnish city of Oulu embraced yet again the world peace during the 19th edition of the Air Guitar World Championships. The World Final on Fri 29 August turned out to be victorious for the Japanese who had traveled to Oulu with the largest team in years – including this year’s national air guitar champion Nanami ”Seven Seas” Nagura.

After a tight air-off with the reigning US champion Matt ”Airistotle” Burns, Seven Seas turned out to be invincible also on the world final stage. The American team had to give in for the Japanese Air Guitar fury when the 19-year-old samurai girl beat also the 2013 World Champion Eric ”Mean” Melin, who scored the 3rd place. After two years under the US ruling, the trophy of Air Guitar shall spread its peaceful message from the land of the rising sun in 2014.

The message of peace was strongly present at the World Final celebration, when the all-shouting male choir Huutajat declared an Ode to Joy – along with the Ukranian and Russian air guitarists Rezo ”Baron Horse-Stealer” Gamrekelidze and Alex ”Devilseducer” Gott in a peace-loving Air Guitar statement. The audience was also enchanted with the sensual Finnish pop duo Ukkosmaine. The evening was hosted by Dan ”Björn Türoque” Crane and included also some special appearances of the 2011 and 2012 World Champions Aline ”The Devil’s Niece” Westphal and Justin ”Nordic Thunder” Howard.

The honorary jury included the Head of the Jury, guitarist Juha Torvinen, showdancer Outi Räsänen, a culture personality and the conductor of Huutajat Petri Sirviö as well as two national Air Guitar organizers Mathias Mertens (DE) and Ivalyo Botushanov (BG).

The compulsory round was performed on TNT Diet by Michael Monroe.

The Results of the Air Guitar World Championships Finals

1. Nanami ”Seven Seas” Nagura (JP) 35,3 (17,4)
2. Matt ”Airistotle” Burns (US) 35,3 (17,1)
3. Eric ”Mean” Melin (US) 35,0
4. Keisuke ”The Ninja” Nagatsuka (JP) 34,6
5. Lee ”Brymtime” Brymer (CA) 34,4
6. Rob ”Windhammer” Weychert (US) 33,7
7. Daniel ”Moredrive” Oldemeier (DE) 33,5
8. Michael ”The Destroyer” Heffels (NL) 33,4
9. Sabrina ”Lady Liberty” Schramm (DE) 33,1
9. Corentin ”Airgus” Fermont (BE) 33,1
11. Doug ”The Thunder” Stroock (US) 16,2
12. Del-Kun Dave ”G. Tso Money” Chen (TW)16,1
13. Atanas ”Air Grinder” Tsvetkov (BG) 16,0
14. Guy ”The Bandit” Thompson (UK) 15,9
15. Charlotte ”Boy Named Sue” Clarke (UK) 15,8
16. Marquina ”Marteeka” Iliev (US) 15,5

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Sat 30 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Final scores are here!

Final Scores, AGWC 2014

1. Nanami "Seven Seas" Nagura (JP) 35,3 (17,4)

2. Matt ”Airistotle” Burns (US) 35,3 (17,1)

3. Eric ”Mean Melin” Melin (US) 35,0

4. Keisuke ”Keisuke The Ninja” Nagatsuka (JP) 34,6

5. Lee ”Brymtime” Brymer (CA) 34,4

6. Rob ”Windhammer” Weychert (US) 33,7

7. Daniel ”Moredrive” Oldemeier (DE) 33,5

8. Michael ”The Destroyer” Heffels (NL) 33,4

9. Sabrina ”Lady Liberty” Schramm (DE) 33,1

9. Corentin ”Airgus” Fermont (BE) 33,1

11. Doug ”The Thunder” Stroock (US) 16,2

12. Del-Kun Dave ”G. Tso Money” Chen (TW)16,1

13. Atanas ”Air Grinder” Tsvetkov (BG) 16,0

14. Guy ”The Bandit” Thompson (UK) 15,9

15. Charlotte ”Boy Named Sue” Clarke (UK) 15,8

16. Marquina ”Marteeka” Iliev (US) 15,5

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Fri 29 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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)

National Champions 2014: Destroyer (NL)

National Champions 2014: Destroyer (NL)

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.

Now this is something that we don't see every day: A World Champion returns on the Final stage nine years after his championship year. Meet Destroyer, the Dutch Champion and the World Champion 2005! 

Name: Destroyer
Years active: 10
Where do you get your Airness?: In my head, as it is enourmously big and filled with compressed air.
Oulu - hot or not? Hot like a steaming volcano!
Name your Air Guitar Idol: Heart Buckboard for his perseverence and creativity and Hot Lixx Hulahan for realness and fun
Greetings to the Air Guitar Family: Let 'm roll and keep the faith!

www.air-guitar.nl

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Fri 22 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2014: BOY NAMED SUE (UK)

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2014: BOY NAMED SUE (UK)

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: Boy Named Sue
Years active: 7
Where do you get your Airness? Deep in my soul, also from being a total badass.
Oulu - hot or not? Describe the home of Air Guitar in five words: Heart & soul of rock & roll.
Name your Air Guitar Idol: Taryn Kapronica.
Greetings to the Air Guitar Family: I'm a woman who isn't called Sue. That is the least weird thing about me.

airguitaruk.com

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Thu 21 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

National Champions 2014: Brymtime (CA)

National Champions 2014: Brymtime (CA)

Photo by Nick Cheeseman

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.

An Air Guitar World Championships first-timer, Brymtime, will represent Canada in the World Final 2014: 

Name: Lee 'Brymtime' Brymer
Years in Air Guitar: First year
Where Do you get your Airness: Deep down inside me is a fiery passion for music, Air Guitar allows me to express that through the air, the air that surrounds us.
Oulu - Hot or Not? Describe the home of Air Guitar?: I don't really know much about Oulu, but from what I've seen from the pictures and the videos it looks like there's a lot of energy and enthusiasm around the competition, and i'm looking forward to figuring it out from there.
Name Your Air Guitar Idol: I'm so new to Air Guitar that I'm still figuring this one out. 
Greetings to the Air Guitar Family: Greetings from Canada, looking forward to meeting you, rocking out with you and having a pint after.

airguitarcanada.org.

 

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Tue 19 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

National Champions 2014: NANAMI seven seas NAGURA

National Champions 2014: NANAMI seven seas NAGURA

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.


The first National Champion we're about to meet is the lovely Japanese Champion NANAMI seven seas NAGURA.

Name: NANAMI seven seas NAGURA
Years in active: 2 years
Where do you get your Airness?: When I listen to rock music on portable audio player with big volume. 
Oulu – hot or not? Describe the home of Air Guitar in five words: Hot, of course! My five words: lake, cool, energy, destination and passion.
Name your Air Guitar Idol: Dainoji DAICHI
Greetings to the Air Guitar Family:
Hello everyone! I'm NANAMI seven seas NAGURA coming from the country of the rising sun, Japan. In Air Guitar World Championship, I will show my passionate air guitar performance with NAGURA NANAMI style as the representative of Japan. And you'll be surprised! Are you ready?

 

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Fri 15 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)