The Creme de la Creme of Air Guitarists Gather in the Northern City Oulu This Week

The Ultimate Mayhem of Airness Offers Prestigious Guests and Sparkly Spectacle

The climax of the Air Guitar Season, the 16th annual World Final of the Air Guitar World Championships, will be battled at the Oulu Marketplace starting at 6 p.m. (EET) on Friday 26 August 2011. The final will be streamed online at starting at 8 p.m. EET.

The final festivities start with the traditional Declaration of Air Guitar Peace which will be announced by the City of Oulu Mayor, Mr. Matti Pennanen. In addition to the world’s best air guitarists, the stage will be taken over by Finnish pop idol Anna Abreu, Oulu-based rock band Moses Hazy, France’s most wicked air band Airnadette and one of the youngest world finalists,  Aapo ”Little Angus” Rautio (FIN).  

The reigning World Champion, the little golden Frenchman Sylvain ”Günther Love” Quimene is challenged by the five contestants who will clear their way through the Dark Horses' Qualification Round on Thursday 25 August, but also by the Air Guitar elite from all over the world. The Marketplace stage will be taken by national Air Guitar champions from Malaysia, United Kingdom, United States, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Czech Republic, France, Ukraine, Brazil and Estonia. The Final jury is chaired by Finnish guitar legend Juha Torvinen for the respectable 16th time. Torvinen is joined by radio producer Jani Kortti from YleX. The jury is completed by three national championships organizers.

The final battle over the spots in the sun will take place at rock bar 45 Special starting at 11 p.m. on Thursday. The five highest scored air guitarists will win their way to the World Final. The Qualifying Round will be judged by an Air Guitar Researcher Amanda Griffkin, Russian Champion 2008 & 2009 Alexander ”Devilseducer” Gott and World Finalist Hilkka ”Gore Kitty” Haaga and two national AGWC Network organizers.

The final Air is let out during the Media Brunch on Saturday 27 August starting at noon at 45 Special. The cozy afternoon gives the media a chance to chit-chat with  the new champion and other contestants. The bruch ends on the documentary on Airnadette  conq-airing America – United States of Airnadette on 2 p.m.