World Champion 2023 is Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura
Air Guitar World Champion 2023 is Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura from Japan. This is the third time she has won the title and she is now the most successful competitor in Air Guitar World Championships’ history.
Aapo “The Angus” Rautio from Oulu, Finland made it to the second place. The third place went to last year’s world champion Kirill “Guitarantula” Blumenkrats.
- Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura (Japan) 35,8 points (Videolink)
- Aapo “the Angus” Rautio (Finland) 35,2 points (Video link)
- Kirill “Guitarantula” Blumenkrats (France) 35,1 points (Video link)
- Matt “AIRstotle” Burns (USA) 34,8 points
- Corentin “Airgus” Fermont (Belgium) 34,6 points
- Frederic “French Kiss” Reau (France) 34,4 points
- Bryan “Dirty Beaujolais” Antoine (Belgium) 34 points
- Vincent “Lord Scrat“ Roussel (France) 33,5 points
Audience favourite: Frederic “French Kiss” Reau (France)
This year the audience got to vote their favourite for the first time.
Photos and videos are available for media in media folder that is constantly updated. The photos from the final will be updated as soon as possible after the final has ended. The compilation video of the final will be available on Saturday 26th August, the latest at 12 PM. Photo credits: Roosa-Maria Kauppila/Oulu August Festivals. Video credits: Air Guitar World Championships.
The evening was full of life, colours and energy on Friday August 25, when the 26th Air Guitar World Championships World Final took place in Oulu, Finland.
The Final was held in Oulu Rotuaari Square, which was packed with an audience of thousands of people.
There were 18 finalists in total, including Thursday’s Dark Horses and the National Champions. The competition was separated in two rounds, with eight competitors making it to the second round.
The Final was hosted by the esteemed Master of Airemonies, Dan “Björn Türoque” Crane and Finland’s very own Jani Kortti. The jury included Juha Torvinen (famous finnish guitarist from band called Eppu Normaali), Hanna Ikonen (the event’s producer from 2017 to 2022), Sami Ylisaari (Oulu’s Director of Culture), Anne-Maria Mäkelä (project manager at the Oulu Cultural Foundation) and Viera Karem (Startup Program Manager at BusinessOulu and Vice Chairman of the Association of Ukrainians in Northern Ostrobothnia). At Air Guitar World Championships 2023 we also saw the Acrobatic duo Kat & Jared performing their sexiest and most rocking acrobatics that were the cherry on top of the Finale.
The Air Guitar World Championships has been organized in Oulu since 1996. It has become an international media magnet of good mood, built on the foundation of captivating and avowed enthusiasts around the world.
Air guitar playing is not instrumental sports or arts, nor does it require any special venues or skills, so it is accessible to all. Air guitar can be grasped regardless of gender, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation and social status. Air guitar playing is equal. The purpose of the Air Guitar World Championships is to promote world peace – according to the competition ideology, wars will end, climate change will stop and all bad things will vanish when all the people in the world play the air guitar.
The Air Guitar World Championships is organized and held by Airnest Productions Ltd and it is part of the Oulu August Festivals.