No one can pretend to play the guitar quite like Matt “Airistotle” Burns.
The American is the undefeated title holder of the World Air Guitar Championships, sealing his place for a second year at the event in Oulu, Finland on Friday night.
He thrashed about on stage to a heavy metal version of ‘I will survive’, swinging his hips to whoops from the audience.
Burns, of Staten Island, New York, finished ahead of runners-up Patrick “Ehrwolf” Culek of Germany and Alexander “The Jinja Assassin” of Australia, who tied for second place. Japan’s 15-year-old Show-Show placed third.
He successfully fended off competition from South Korea, Pakistan, Britain, Canada, Sweden and other countries.
The Air Guitar World Championships started off as a joke, but has grown into an annual celebration of guitar-miming chordeographers that draws people from around the world.
It’s now in its 22nd year.