Air guitarists prepare to rock London in two UK Air Guitar Championships competitions, July and August 2010

Posted: 5th July 2010

If you're up for a laugh, then this might well sort you out: in July and August there is not one, but two separate "air guitar championships" finals.

UK Air Guitar Championships

First up is the "UK Air Guitar Championship", now in its fifth year, which takes place at the O2 Academy in Islington on Friday 6th August. This will be an opportunity to relish the sight (expect cliché head banging and over-the-top grimaces) of savvy nutters and gimmick geeks doing their best impression of some the world's greatest guitar heroes, strumming and finger-picking the air!

The winner to the UK Air Guitar Championships will receive the prize for Best Air Guitarist in the UK and be flown to Finland to represent the UK at the 15th Air Guitar Championships (25-27 August).

Also, should you be willing to enter the competition and impress with your virtual dexterity, fill in a form on ..., And, while one would expect, the UK AGC to only attract big hairy hunks, the competition is open to anyone and everyone, including chicks - yeehaa! Tickets are on sale now and cost a tenner each.

Official UK Air Guitar Championships Taking place a few weeks earlier are the "Official UK Air Guitar Championships", which, despite the similar name has nothing to do with the "UK Air Guitar Championship" we've just told you about, oh no. In fact, I'd wager a bet that the organizers of each event would probably like to wrap a virtual strat around each other's heads, but that's just speculation on my part. The Official UK Air Guitar Championships started in 1995.

The finals of the "Official UK Air Guitar Championships" [they both cling to the word "Official", so don't be fooled by wording - I'm not sure any of them are more official than the other - Ed] also take place in London, but at the Relentless Garage on Saturday 24th July, with tickets costing a familiar £10.

Solange Moffi

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