The 20th anniversary of Air Guitar World Championships was celebrated in Oulu 26-28 August 2015. The memorable 20th anniversary celebration included some dramatic moments at the World final stage in the rainy weather, as well as special programme when the French air band Airnadette joined the anniversary party with their We Will Dub You-musical comedy.

The Rotuaari Square got to witness an anniversary show with 17 most talented airtists in the international Air Guitar scene: seven national champions, the nine luckiest Dark Horses’ from the qualifiers as well as the reigning world champion Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura of Japan. At the end of extremely tight competition and thrilling 3rd-round Air Off, Kereel “Your Daddy” Blumenkrants was crowned as the first ever Russian champion, leaving Matt “Airistotle” Burns from the United States to the second place.

The rainy weather didn't dampen the spirits of thousands of air guitar fans who crowded the town square of Oulu to celebrate unusual, long-running event and watch the best air guitarists from around the globe battle it out for air supremacy. The world final was a dramatic conclusion to a historic night of good vibrations and creativity that also included a performance by French musical-comedy troupe Airnadette and modern circus group Race Horse Company from Finland as well as some mass karaoke leaded by talented Finnish artist Mikael Saari.

Author/comedian Dan ”Bjorn Turoque” Crane, a beloved member of the international air guitar community, served as Master of Airemonies for the eighth time and once again kept the crowd entertained. Seven former world champions also returned to Oulu to perform and celebrate 20 years of absurdity.

The honorary jury included the Head of the Jury, guitarist Juha Torvinen,  Air Guitar World Champions Eric Melin (2013) and Markus Vainionpää (2000) and two national organizers, Aline Westphal (Germany) and Lisa Farnan (US).

The  compulsory second-round song was ”Phantom Man” by the Finnish band Atom Notes.




The final results Air Guitar World Championships 2015: 

1. Kereel “Your Daddy” Blumenkrants 34,8 (RU) (17,8)
2. Matt “Airistotle” Burns 34,8 (US) (17,5)
3. Michael “Operation Rock a Pussy” Lovely (US) 34,1
4. Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura 34,0 (JP)
5. Tom “The Sweaty Fury” Trevisan (IT) 33,6
6. Junichi “Jun Jun” Kamada 33,5 (JP)
7. Sabrina “Lady Liberty” Schramm (DE) 33,4
8. Jeffrey “The Airtiste” Stiles (US) 33,2
9. Beth “CindAirella” Melin (US) 33,0
10. Eero “Oulu’s Own Son” Ojala (FI) 32,8
11. Thom “w!ld th!ng” Wilding (UK) 32,7
12. Emmanuelle “Miss Issippy” Stempniakowski (BE) 16,4
13. Jason “Thrust” McNeely (CA) 16,2
14. Zac “The Magnet” Monro (UK) 16,1
14. Patrick “Ehrwolf” Culek (DE) 16,1
16. Ilmars “Hell Machine” Auzins (LV) 15,7
16. Sita “Guilty Director” van Sante (NL) 15,7