The very best pipe bands are back in Glasgow for The World Pipe Band Championships being held at Glasgow Green on Saturday (August 13). 230 bands from 12 countries have made the journey to Glasgow with the ultimate aim of being crowned World Champions.

More than 8,000 pipers and drummers will perform in front of thousands of people throughout the day. Tickets for the Grade 1 arena where bands will compete for the world title have already sold out but general admission tickets are available in advance and on the day itself.  Around 40,000 people are expected at the event.

The World Pipe Band Championships 2011 also hosts the fiercely contested Drum Major competition, Highland Dancing, Glasgow World Highland Games and a children’s zone featuring Hamleys Toy Store.  The Worlds will also be celebrating Scotland as a land of food and drink with a Flavour of Scotland Marquee featuring four of our finest chefs and high-quality produce.

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “Record advance ticket sales and a huge entry shows just how popular The Worlds is. Bands love coming to Scotland and playing in front of tens of thousands of people on Glasgow Green. Demand for tickets gets stronger every year and this year families will have more to see and do while enjoying the best pipe band music in the world.”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said, “Piping has a huge international appeal and is synonymous with Scotland’s cultural identity and heritage. We welcome the thousands of competitors and spectators that will attend on 13th August and hope that they enjoy the spectacle that will take place on Glasgow Green along with a few other delights that Scotland has to offer.”

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