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Air Guitar Championships Oulu, Finland - 24 August 2017

Where

Getting There

Getting There

Buses
nearest bus station:
Oulu Bus Station: on Ratakatu (Take Matkahuolto bus company Helsinki to Oulu)

shuttle bus:
Koskilinjat Shuttle Buses 8 & 9 from Oulu Airport to city centre (15 km)

special festival bus:
Walk from Bus or Train Stations to Kirkkokatu Oulu Central Square (main festival site)

Other
nearest airport:
Oulu (OUL)

nearest train station:
Oulu Station: on Rautatienkatu (Helsinki to Oulu = 6 hours)

 

 

Tickets

  


options:
Free events, Pay per event
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Prices in the table are quoted in EUR
Adult62AGCW World Final VIP ticket
Adult40AGCW Arientation ticket (extra event)
Adult20AGCW ticket at the door (extra event)
Adult18AGCW ticket pre-booked (extra event)
Air Guitar World Championships Tickets
  • Air Guitar contests are FREE.
  • Dark Horses’ Qualifying Round are FREE.
  • World Final Championships are FREE.
  • Extra event tickets sold at the door.

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Oulu, Finland

Rotuaari Square
65.010912, 25.469203
type of festival
music
rock, metal, rock & roll, acoustic & instrumental
other events
dance: modern, free style, extravaganza, dancing; art: visual arts & installations, multimedia; theatre: experimental
start Thu, 24 August 2017
end Sat, 26 August 2017

AGWC: Air-Guitar Champs Shred Finland

Air Guitar World Championships, which began as a gag in 1994, is now a global event where the world’s best air-shredders, from a 13-country network, perform rock-metal shows with imaginary instruments & vie for the Master of Air gold (with a prize of a hand-crafted electric guitar) in the name of world peace. Throngs of spectators, champ competitors + their air-roadies, and non-champ dark horse contenders, descend upon the city to party and contend in qualifying contests & championship air guitar concerts where masters & challengers, decked-out in wacky get-ups and touting names like “Your Daddy” or “Operation Rock A Pussy”, battle for world domination until winners are declared by an air celebrity jury at Kirkkokatu Square in Oulu Finland.

About

AGWC: Air-Guitar Champs Shred Finland

Air Guitar World Championships (AGWC) has developed from being just a Finnish thing into a global “Airness” movement. The message: “Wars would end, climate change would stop and all bad things disappear, if all the people in the world played the air guitar”.

Airientation

Thousands gather on the first day to talk airness and air-artistry. Venues throughout the city stage parties and air-performances, including official ticketed events like the band Airnedette, with their rock musical “We Will Dub You”. Dark Horse qualifying begins on day two with the non-national champ air-guitarist’s round of dark horses contending to clinch a spot in the final at the city-centre’s full-fledged rock-n-roll stage. Of course plenty of side-parties and generous imbibing occur all around Oulu well into the night.

Airs & Outs

AGWC Network comprises 13 countries that send their national champions as prospective air-heroes to Finland as qualified finalists. The pre-registered dark horses, often dozens, must prove air-worthy to get to Oulu and move onto the finals. Once in Finland, and having reached the second-round final, the jury scores participants for originality, absorption into the music, stage presence, technical merit, artistic impression and airness. The finals, or Air Guitar World Championships, is the big day that rocks the people of airness with the pantheon of network champion performances and winning dark horses shredding for gold, and where the hand-made guitar is awarded to the world champ.

Air guitar shredders with invisible instruments rock Finland for world peace!

contributor: Paul Graham
published: 03 March 2016
updated: 18 October 2016
Age: Family, an event with no age restrictions, but things can get rather wild!
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Details

Details

General: biggest in the world, popular, best in the world
Ambiance: indoor, urban, street
Features: bizzare, djs & sound systems, self-expression, debauchery, partying, live music & shows, street parties, awards

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  • The AGWC Network includes:

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Beds & Eats

Accommodation

AGWC Official Accommodation

Amenities

Eats & Drinks: Bars, Restaurants, Water
Fresh & Clean: Toilets
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: no
Accessibility: yes
AGWC Oulu Amneties
  • Main events take place at Rotuaari Square.
  • There are concessions and amenities at the venues.

When

Dates

start Thu, 24 August 2017
end Sat, 26 August 2017
Air Guitar World Championships Dates
  • AGWC usually takes place in late August.

Season & Weather

Season: Summer
Temperature: 12 to 20 °C

Oulu weather in August is cool with frequent rain, so bring your brolli!

Contact

Contact

Tel: +358 504 003 538
Air Guitar World Championships Contact
Oulu August Festival

Promoter

Air Guitar Office  / Airnest Productions Ltd: Cultural Centre Valve, P.O. Box 42 (Hallituskatu 7), Oulu, Finland.

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