Thanks to direct flights as well as efficient railroad and highway networks, Oulu is easily accessible. Flights from Helsinki to Oulu international airport swish you there in only 60 minutes. There are also several daily train (5-8h) and coach connections (8h) between the cities. Driving from Helsinki takes approximately 7 hours. 

Trains: VR
Car hire: Europcar 

Come and feel the unique vibe of the Air Guitar in the Capital of Northern Scandinavia!


DARK HORSES' QUALIFIYING ROUND, Thu August 24 @ 45Special, Saaristonkatu 12.
The bar is open daily 19-04. Age limit is 18 yrs.
Entrance fee 4,50 €. Service fee 2,50 € to be paid on entrance.

WORLD FINAL, Fri August 25 @ Kuusisaari, Oulu
The best way to arrive to Kuusisaari is to walk from the city center - distance is about 1 km. 
Air Guitar World Championships is a free event with no age limits so no tickets are needed for the World Final!

Festival area opening hours: tba
Airientation & Air Off: tba


There's a VIP tent at the World Final festival area. You can buy a VIP PASSPORT from our webshop. The price includes entrance to the VIP tent with best view to the stage and a buffet dinner. 

AIR GUITAR VIP PACKAGE includes a VIP Passport and accommodation at Radisson Blu Hotel Oulu. 
Book yours from the hotel! Inquiries: tel. +358 (0)20 1234 700,


Professional photo equipment requires press accreditation - see the PRESS section.
Pocket cameras & cell phone cameras are allowed.
All video cameras and other recording equipment are strictly prohibited.


Our partner hotel, The Radisson Blu Hotel is located on the banks of the Oulu River, and combines beautiful waterfront panoramas with citycentre convenience. The hotel is located at a ten minute walk from the festival area. It holds the Green Key eco-label for its high environmental standards. Visitors are pampered with excellent service and facilities, including sauna, pool and fitness centre, spacious rooms and restaurants with local delicacies.

AIR GUITAR PACKAGE: see above (VIP section).


There is a designated area for the disabled and visually impaired customers nearby the stage. Please arrive in good time advance to avoid the crowd.


All lost & found items will be delivered to the Oulu police station lost property, add. Saaristonkatu 8,
tel. 0295 416 029.


There is a first aid point at the festival area, which serves during festival opening hours. Nearest pharmacy can be found at the Rotuaari square in city center.


Let's not trash! Please sort your garbage in appropriate containers. 

All rights to changes reserved. Please check possible updates of this info page and schedules before you arrive to the festival site.





Air Guitar World Championships (AGWC) is an event concept of entertainment and showmanship with a flavour of rock parody. Since 1996, the contest has gone world­wide with massive international press coverage, several official national championships as well as tons of devoted fans in social media. In addition to the live audience, the event reaches millions of contacts via international media coverage every year.

Air Guitar World Championships is an internationally protected trademark and creative brand with unique niche appeal – for world peace with zero guitars. 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.”

The air guitar phenomenon goes far beyond the event, and it has inspired filmmakers, authors, academic researchers and journalists for nearly two decades – not to mention the devoted fan base that keeps on rocking in the free world for 365 days a year.



Media coverage listing:

Press video: (password: agwcpress)

Airnest Productions has a vast collection of video and photo material from past years. If you need some, don't hesitate to ask!


Air Guitar World Championships 2017

The 22nd Air Guitar World Championships are held in Oulu, Finland on 23-25 August 2017. The biggest air guitar event of the year, the World Final is celebrated on Friday 25th of August. The World Final has free entry, and it attracts an audience of 5000 - 7000 people, 5 000 - 15 000 online viewers and over 30 representatives of international media annually.


Air Guitar Office

Hanna Ikonen
Airnest Productions Ltd
tel. +358 44 700 1057

Jasu Rossi
Production Assistant
p. +358 50 911 4731

Anssi Ikonen
Press Coordinator
p. +358 44 725 2798


Postal address:
Airnest Productions Ltd.
Cultural Centre Valve
P.O. Box 42 (Hallituskatu 7)
90015 Oulu


Air Guitar World Championships is part of Oulu August Festival organized 1st of August - 2nd of September. A month-long celebration of culture features hundreds of events ranging from music and cinema to literature and performance arts.


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.


Oulu - the Capital of Northern Scandinavia. Breath-taking nature, world-leading technological expertise, cutting-edge university research. Young people and rich cultural life with a cool Finnish spirit. Big city character with a small town coziness. Real innovation means entering the unknown darkness - exceed your expectations in Oulu.