In 1998 the event was transferred to the Oulu Market Place as the interested audience grew bigger and bigger. Also a British TV crew was present. Of the twelve competitors, the winner was an agile drama student called Juha Hippi, being awarded with a Fender Stratocaster. A crowd around the world could join the party, because the event was streamed live over the Internet. Finally all the people around the world were invited to play the Air Guitar. Since then the night of Air Guitar has ended in people collectively playing the Air Guitar to Neil Young's classic "Rockin' in the Free World".


1. Juha Hippi (FIN)
2. Teja Kotilainen (FIN)
3. Danny Turano (AUS)


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