weird event: July 2011 Archives

Justin Howard has been crowned as US Air Guitar Champion after donning a surprisingly skimpy viking-related outfit and rocking out under the name "Nordic Thunder".

The long-haired and suitably bearded rocker strummed, plucked and generally rocked the stage for 60 seconds at the event in Chicago - cheered on by hundreds of fans

After winning the US title, Nordic Thunder will now take part in the three day event which is the world finals in Finland starting on August 26.

And while we could describe his outfit and performance, it's probably easier if you click play… we promise you won't regret it.

275x250.jpg A garden shed which is used as a tiny music venue for online gigs has won the coveted Shed of the year award 2011, despite being in a state of disrepair.

Jon Earl from Somerset took the annual title after impressing judges including  Sarah Beeny and DJ Simon Mayo with the unusual use of his very special shed.

Two years ago Jon emptied the wooden hut and established it up as a music venue - inviting acts to play there and have performances featured on his ‘Songs from the Shed’ website.

The resulting videos have been watched more than 350,000 times and so far more than 150 acts have played in the 12ft by 10ft shed… including a 26-strong gospel choir. Really.

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