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The Rock-itt : April 2010
According to the Airguitar Australia website, sensational prizes are up for grabs for the National title which includes the major prize of a trip for one to Europe, including airfares and accommodation, to attend and compete in the 15th annual Air Guitar World Championships (AGWC) qualifying round in tropical Finland, August 2010. State and Territory Championships are also richly rewarded with a trip for one, including airfares and accommodation, to attend and compete in the AUST & NZ Final, Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT, Saturday 29th May, 2010. The 2010 AGWC attracted a large field of international competitors totalling 16 including: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, United States, Canada, Norway, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, South Africa, Finland, Estonia, Russia and Greece. French man, Sylvain 'Gunther Love' Quimene won the 2010 AGWC title. The way it works is contestants play two rounds: 1) Free Round being a self-chosen song, and 2) Mystery Round. Air guitarist's guitars must be invisible, where they can play electric, acoustic, or bass air guitar -- or all of them and assistance from personal air-roadies is allowed! It is the judge's job to pay close attention to the air guitarist's showmanship (originality, charisma, artistic impression) and technique (strum and chord synchronisation). Competitions are being held all round Australia, and the NSW venue was Mona Vale Hotel. The Grand Final was held on Saturday night March 27, 2010 and was hotly contested by three champion players: Phillip Crowley "Infectious", Glen Brown "Dynamo Fretburner" and Dale "Redemption" Kerrigan. The winner was Dale "Redemption" Kerrigan in his skin-tight glittery 70's leotard. He amazed the packed crowd in the Plantation Bar with his spectacular antics which included: air jumps, table jumping, climbing tall building pillars, aerial star jumps and his rapid pulsating body movements which gave the impression he was being electrocuted. Second place was awarded to Glen Brown "Dynamo Fretburner" who strutted on to the stage in his true rock-god attire, ripping off his shirt he received screams from the women in the audience and continued on through his routine 'stage-crashing' himself into rock stardom! A big crowd was in hand to witness this unique event, and I am told that in April, The Pole Princess dancing competition will be run on Thursday nights 8th, 15th, and finals on 22nd April, 2010. To compete in this event visit www.monavalehotel.com.au For more information about the Air Guitar State or National competitions visit http://www.airguitaraustralia.com The NSW Finals for the National 2010 Australian Air Guitar Championships, Mona Vale Hotel, Sat 27th March, 2010 By DaveTozer.com.au ( for more images of the event visit www.myspace.com/davetozerphotos)