21st Air Guitar World Championships in August

The world’s best air guitarists gather again in Oulu, Northern Finland for the 21st time in 24–26th of August. Ever since 1996, the Air Guitar World Championships has spread the peaceful message of Air Guitar across the world. The contest has gone world-wide with massive international press coverage, several official national championships as well as tons of devoted fans in social media. In addition to the championships, this year the four-day festival offers air guitar-spirited side program in unique Finnish environment.

Enrolment for the competition begins

Before the main event in Oulu, the air guitar masters are searched in the official National Championships in several different countries. Only the official air guitar champions chosen at the National Championships win their way straight to the World Final in Oulu. Other air guitarists have a chance to win the golden ticket to the Final in the Dark Horses Qualifying Round held in Oulu on Thursday 25th of August. The contestants can sign up in the qualifying round at the Air Guitar World Championships website starting from 24th of May. The registration deadline is Monday 8th of August.

The festival culminates in the World Final that is battled in the main square of Oulu on Friday 26th of August. National Champions and the Dark Horses will challenge the reigning World Champion, Kereel “Your Daddy” Blumenkrants (RU) who returns to Oulu to defend his title. The world final is hosted by Dan “Björn Türoque Crane” (US).

Four-day experience for air guitar fans

In addition to the contest events, Air Guitar World Championships also offers special program for the international travellers as well as the local audience. The festival starts with warm-up day Airientation on Wednesday 24th of August. Airientation takes place at the riverside of Oulu, and offers the participators chance to visit Finnish sauna speciality, Kesän Sauna. The get-together evening is organized in Villa Lipporanta. The post-festival trip Air Off is organized in Rokuanhovi, calming location by the lake in beautiful Finnish environment.

The contest events are free of charge for the audience. More info on the travel packages including Airientation and Air Off programme can be found on the event’s website.

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. At the end of the competition, the whole universe is invited to play the Air Guitar for the world peace.


 The festival is part of Oulu August Festival that brings all manner of cultural events to city of Oulu and its surroundings on 4 August–3 September 2016. A month-long celebration of culture features hundreds of events ranging from music and cinema to literature and performance arts.


More info: www.airguitarworldchampionships.com

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Air Guitar World Championships is part of Oulu August Festival network http://www.oulunjuhlaviikot.fi/en/