NEAR RECORD ENTRY FOR THE WORLDS AS PIPE BANDS PREPARE TO COMPETE IN GLASGOW FOR THE ULTIMATE PRIZE

230 bands have entered the World Pipe Band Championships which are being held in Glasgow on 14th and 15th August 2015. In total 15 nations are expected to be represented at The Worlds as they are affectionately known when they return to Glasgow Green next month.

More than a hundred bands will travel to Scotland to compete from countries all over the world including bands from Austria and Malaysia for the first time. Bands from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, England, Oman, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium and the Netherlands will also attend. More than 50 bands are coming from outwith the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Glasgow Green is expected to welcome up to 8000 pipers and drummers when the World Pipe Band Championships return to the city. Advance tickets for the Grade 1 Arena where the best Pipe Band in the world will be crowned are also expected to sell out well ahead of the event.

Tickets for the event range from as little as £2 for a concession ticket on Friday August 14 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 are also available. For further information please go to www.theworlds.co.uk

Live streaming of the event will be available via www.theworlds.co.uk on Friday August 14 and via the BBC website on Saturday August 15. BBC Scotland will also broadcast television highlights post event.

The Worlds complete a week-long celebration of piping in Glasgow with Piping Live! bringing the best contemporary and traditional performances to the city from 10th to 16th August. For more information please visit www.pipinglive.co.uk.

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