Near Record Entry for the Worlds

The World Pipe Band Championships will feature close to a record number of bands when the event returns to Glasgow next week. 235 bands from around the world have entered this year’s competitions which are being held on Saturday 11th August 2012 at Glasgow Green.

As well as the toughest pipe band competition in the world, visitors to the event can also enjoy the Glasgow World Highland Games, Highland Dancing competitions, an improved children’s zone and six of Scotland’s best known chefs will be appearing at cooking demonstrations at the Flavour of Scotland area using some of Scotland’s finest and best known ingredients.  

Among the chefs taking part in the demonstrations are John Quigley of Red Onion and Colin Manson from Malmaison. They visited Glasgow Green earlier today wearing the new Help for Heroes kilts to see where they would be cooking up a storm at the weekend. Help for Heroes Kilts are supplied through the world’s biggest kilt hire supplier Cameron Ross with a £4 donation going to the charity each time a kilt is hired.

Tickets for the Grade 1 arena, where the bands competing to be World Champions will perform have sold out. General admission tickets are still available and holders can access the Grade 1 seats for the morning qualifiers free of charge.

Every year more than 200 bands bring 8,000 pipers and drummers and thousands of spectators to Glasgow Green for the unique sights and sounds of the event which is affectionately known as “The Worlds”. The World Pipe Band Championships have been associated with Glasgow for more than 60 years. 

For further information about ticket availability, prices and concessions for the World Pipe Band Championships being held on Glasgow Green on Saturday 11 August 2012, please call 0141 353 8000 or go to

The World Pipe Band Championships are being organised by Glasgow Life on behalf of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and Glasgow City Council and are supported by EventScotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the RSPBA said: “The entry this year is an indication of just how much the bands enjoy coming to Glasgow Green every year to compete.  The pipers and drummers and all the supporters who come to watch enjoy a great day out and this year we have more than ever on offer. Their really is nothing quite like a day out at The World Pipe Band Championships.”

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