History

 

Though the Air Guitar World Championships have been held since the last century, the UK did not join until 2006. There had been many air guitar events in the UK before, but it wasn't until Zac "The Magnet" Monro went to Oulu, Finland, as an independent competitor and became the first non-Finn to win the World Championship in 2001 that the art form gained acclaim in the United Kingdom. 

The Magnet returned to Oulu the next year and won the title a second time before retiring. He was considered the Zen Master of Air Guitar, due to his minimalist style - no wigs or silly costumes.

Spurred on by the media circus that followed, The Magnet judged a number of air guitar events that year, but none were run by World Championship rules, and none sent their champions to the AGWC. In the following years, no one he worked with would commit to joining the growing global network of the AGWC. 

In 2006 "The Magnet" joined forces with music impresario Chris York to hold the UK's first Official and affiliated championship, and Air Guitar UK was born. The first championship was held in August 2006 at the Islington Academy, London. That year Gabi "The Hoxton Creeper" Matzeu was sent to Finland as the UK's first official champion. In 2007, in the run-up to release of the cult film Air Guitar Nation, the second final played once again to a full house at the Academy. The rest, as they say, is history...

See our Hall Of Fame, below, for the full list of UK Air Guitar champions and their exploits:

2013

 Thom "W1ld Th1ng37" Wilding

World Ranking - 3rd

 Watch his UK Championships performance here.

 Watch his World Championships performance here.

 Check out the 2013 gallery here.

2012

Jon "Juan Nightstand" Morales

World Ranking - 9th

 Watch his UK Championships performance here.

 Watch his World Championships performance here.

 See the 2012 gallery here.


2011

Guy "The Bandit" Thompson

World Ranking - 10th

 Watch his UK Championships performance here.

 Watch his World Championships performance here.

 See the 2011 gallery here.


2010

Thom "W1ld Th1ng37" Wilding

World Ranking - 15th

 Watch his UK Championships performance here.

 Watch his World Championships performance here.

 See the 2010 gallery here.


2009

Thom "W1ld Th1ng37" Wilding

World Ranking - 7th

 Watch his UK Championships performance here.

 Watch his World Championships performance here.

 See the 2009 gallery here


2008

Danny "The Midnight Moses" Robertson

World Ranking - 8th

 Watch his UK Championships performance here.

 Watch his World Championships performance here.

 See the 2008 gallery here.

2007

 

Gabi "The Hoxton Creeper" Matzeu

World Ranking - 16th

 Watch his UK Championships performance here.

 Watch his World Championships performance here.

 See the 2007 gallery here.

2006

Gabi "The Hoxton Creeper" Matzeu

World Ranking - 4th

 Watch his UK Championships performance here.

 Watch his World Championships performance here.

 See the 2006 gallery here.