Tickets for the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships being held at Glasgow Green are going on sale at 10am today (Wednesday April 15). The event which has been associated with Glasgow for more than 60 years will be staged across 2 days on the 14th and 15th of August when up to 8000 pipers and drummers are expected to compete.
Tickets for the Grade 1 arena, which give ringside seats while the top bands compete for the title of World Champions are going on sale along with general admission tickets for both days. Around 220 bands are expected to compete across the 2 days with entries traditionally coming from around the world for what is the pinnacle of pipe band competition.
Tickets for the event range from as little as £2 for a concession ticket on Friday August the 14th to £28 for a ticket for the Grade 1 competition on Saturday afternoon where the battle for the World Championship will play out. Family tickets for 2 adults and up to 3 children on Saturday August 15 cost just £43 while children aged 5 or under won’t be charged. Hospitality packages for Saturday will also be available at a later date. For further information please go to www.theworlds.co.uk
The Worlds, as they are affectionately known, are a showcase for some of the finest pipe bands, pipers and drummers from around the world. The event also features Highland Dancing, a Highland Games, a children’s zone and a dedicated food village.
Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival will also return once again to venues across Glasgow between August 10 – 16, bringing spectators from across the world to the city for the biggest festival of its kind in the world. In exciting news, this year the festival will return to George Square, in the heart of the city, where pipers will be performing all day. They will also be holding over 200 events across Glasgow, with venues as varied as the performers - from workshops to masterclasses, ceilidhs to concerts and street performances bringing the city to life. Piping Live! will also be celebrating Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink with a new Pipers Market showcasing the very best of fresh, local, Scottish produce.
Early bird “Golden Tickets”, giving music fans access all the festivals’ coveted evening concerts, are now on sale for Piping Live! As well as this, the £90 package gives festival goers free entry to the Piping Live! festival club and a free tshirt. Available from www.thebagpipeshop.co.uk and to collect from The National Piping Centre now.
The World Pipe Band Championships are organised by Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council and the RSPBA with support from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and VisitScotland through its EventScotland team.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events and The World Pipe Band Championships is undoubtedly one of the cultural highlights on our annual portfolio. It is a must-see for any visitor to the country and there is a strong pull for visitors from around the world to be part of this spectacular celebration of Scottish culture and heritage.”