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Have you perfected the art of air guitar? You know, the arm-flailing, lip-syncing daze that happens when an awesome rock guitar solo comes on? Well, if you think you are the master of this cheap, cheap instrument, then you might be just the right person for the official Air Guitar World Championships held at the Oulu Music Video Festival in Finland each year.
And no, this is not even a joke! Contestants from all around the world compete at the Festival each year in the name of world peace, sharing the belief that “wars would go away if everyone just played air guitar”.
At the end of August each year, participants each have two rounds to test their air guitar skills, and are judged on aspects like ‘mimesmanship’, ‘stage presence’ and even ‘airness’ – or how engaging the performance was to the judges and audience. To make it more difficult, each participant has to perform one of their rounds without knowing what song will play next, and the only instrument allowed on stage during the performance is, well, an air guitar…
The grand prize is not too bad either, it’s a custom made Flying Fynn guitar and VOX BM Special amplifier donated by Brian May, the guitarist from the iconic rock band Queen. This year, Japans Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura took the grand prize, take a look at her rocking performance below!
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