In Pictures: Air Guitar Championships UK

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In Pictures: Air Guitar Championships UK
Air beer - Mr Fucking Tim
Air beer - Mr Fucking Tim
Johnny guns
Johnny guns
'borderline freak' Boney Crisp
'borderline freak' Boney Crisp
Captain Hair Metal
Captain Hair Metal
Airway to Heaven - air sitar
Airway to Heaven - air sitar
Guitar themed pole dancing - Lulu II
Guitar themed pole dancing - Lulu II
Ned Zeppelin
Ned Zeppelin
White Lightning - air singing
White Lightning - air singing
A Boy Named Sue
A Boy Named Sue
Brian Maiden
Brian Maiden
Judges - Zak, previous champ and organiser. Ian, roadie to Robert Plant etc. Gazz, In Me guitarist
Judges - Zak, previous champ and organiser. Ian, roadie to Robert Plant etc. Gazz, In Me guitarist
The winners
The winners

And as the legend has it, a time will come when all will put down the cell-phones which burden them and the weapons that burden others, and pick up their Air Guitars together as one, and a new civilisation will be formed...

We arrived just as the judges of the Official Air Guitar Championships UK were telling it straight to kilt-clad comedian Holly Walsh that her airy efforts were more akin to cleaning a toilet than of any fretboard action they had seen. In just 60 seconds to show his worth, stag night contestant, Megan's Bitch, up next, fared much better by gaining points for his gold lame jacket, leopard print keks and impressive crowd surfing but losing some for 'playing' the same chord all the way though. Others lost points for: being Welsh (High Master Dawgg), having nipples too close together - a 'borderline freak' (Boney-Crisp), being half Barbie, half Zebra (Capt hair Metal) and doing what was tantamount to 'guitar themed pole dancing' (Lulu II).

Showing Zen-like mastery of the air guitar craft for us were the cloaked Midnight Moses who, in an inspiring move, chose to noodle away on the air sitar - this earned him a runners-up place, Bad Air Day, a female contestant in 6 inch heels, plucked from the audience, who definitely has a future in air guitar with her 'do it like no-one's watching' style. White Lightening, another audience member, rose to the challenge to the track 'Poison' with his impressive head-banging but lost points for too much 'air-singing'. Air guitar regular, A boy named Sue, was, in our eyes, the rightful winner (she came runner-up) with her upsetting and arousing style, raunchy guitar stances and technical nouse.

Wild Thing, the winner for the second year running, earned his place in the World Air Guitar championships in Finland - where it all began 15 years ago.

The event was held in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust and erm, World Peace

Additional reporting - Rauni Higson

Last Updated 09 August 2010