Rocking success

In a double celebration, 96.5 CAYROCK partnered up with Hard Rock Cafe for the second annual Cayman Islands Air Guitar Championship and Cinco de Mayo party.

Ian Cortina’s rendition of ‘Robot Rock’ by Daft Punk earned him the grand prize trip for two to the world-famous ‘Hard Rock Calling’, a two-day festival in London’s Hyde Park.

The event was hosted outside the Hard Rock Café in George Town. In addition to the competing air guitarists, there were live performances by Charlie Goes Electric, Ratskyn and Suckerbox.

‘The turnout was fantastic. It was a highly-energized crowd of over 400 partygoers,’ Phil Vinciullo, dms Broadcasting’s network promotions and marketing manager, said. ‘The crowd was encouraged to make the most noise for their favourite contestant, and it was a close call between Ian and the first runner-up, Leslie Daley.’

Leslie ‘Lenny Kravitz’ Daley, rocked it out to ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’, and was appropriately clad in a full-body leather suit and platform boots – complete with Lenny-like dreads.

For his victory, Ian received a trip for two to the world-famous Hard Rock Calling, a two-day festival in Hyde Park scheduled in late June and headlined by Eric Clapton and the Police.

He will be flown British Airways to London, and will be provided with complimentary accommodation and spending money, as well as receive two VIP passes granting backstage access.

Eight contestants compete. The second runner-up was Sean ‘Angus the 2nd’ Higgins. He performed ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC.

‘All the air guitarists brought their A-game, but Ian’s performance was undeniably awesome and definitely surpassed expectations of the level of talent anticipated. We can’t wait to see what he does next year,’ said 96.5 CAYROCK Programme Director and Morning Show Host, Ben Maxwell.