Piping Live! celebrates the ‘moments that matter’ 2016 headliners revealed today

Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival, the world’s biggest week of piping, will return to Glasgow from 8th – 14th August, 2016. The festival headliners was unveiled today by projection mapping a series of incredible images onto the National Piping Centre.

All images were crowdsourced via Piping Live!’s social media channels to celebrate the fact that Scotland’s national instrument has provided the soundtrack for so many of life’s big moments throughout history. From marching onto the battlefield to the mesmerising opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, to wedding ceremonies and funerals; bringing in the New Year, to celebrating Scottish heritage the world over – bagpipes are always at the heart of huge moments.  Everyone has an emotional reaction when they hear the pipes begin to play – whether that be joy, sadness, nostalgia or hope – making the instrument like no other.

Festival organisers brought the images to life by having a lone piper perform a haunting medley of the best known tunes in front of the projection, before inviting the public to enjoy this year’s big moment – Piping Live!

Now in its 13th year, Piping Live! is the biggest festival of its kind. Attracting 40,000 people from around the globe each year to watch over 5000 international pipers perform at 150 events across the city.

Some of the hottest names in traditional music will perform this year, including RURA, Anxo Lorenzo, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton and the world famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Band performances will take place in George Square and on the steps of The Royal Concert Hall.  The annual Pipe Idol competition and fan favourite, the International Quartets competition will return to the festival, while the Pipers Market’ will be back in George Square, providing the best fresh and local food and drink from across Scotland.

 The weekend will also see the most important piping competition in the world take place in Glasgow for the 30th consecutive year, as The World Pipe Band Championships returns on 12th and 13th August. Each year 8,000 pipers from more than 200 countries travel to Glasgow Green to compete to be named best in the world for piping and this year will see Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band defend their title after becoming the first Scottish band to win the coveted title in more than a decade.

 Roddy MacLeod, Festival Director of Piping Live!, said: “Bagpipes strike an emotional chord with people all over the world. There’s no other instrument that can make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck quite like the pipes. From major historical events, to personal moments like weddings and graduations, to shared moments of triumph like the Commonwealth Games or a cup final – bagpipes have set the scene for so many powerful memories at home and throughout the world.

 This year’s line-up is all about celebrating the rich history and international diversity of the bagpipes while heralding the future with some of the most exciting new players in the traditional music scene.”

 Ross Ainslie, performing at this year’s Piping Live!, said: “Piping has allowed me to travel all over the world and make a career out of something I love. Some of my earliest memories in piping were listening to Gordon Duncan's "Just for Seumas" album on the way to practices with the the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band in Pitlochry and I’ve been completely inspired in the music since. Piping Live! is a great week for catching up with pals old and new.”

 Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to support Piping Live! in 2016, an event which promotes this incredibly significant aspect of Scottish history and culture.  The pipes are recognised the world over as a symbol of Scotland and we are excited at the prospect of venues across the city of Glasgow coming alive to the sound of songs new and old for the week-long festival in August.”

 Joe Aitken, Head of Major Events at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Every year, tens of thousands of people from across the UK and overseas are drawn to Glasgow in August as the city becomes the epicentre of world piping. Piping Live! is at the heart of that attraction, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience a truly spectacular week of superb traditional Scottish music and culture. As the festival enters its 13th year, its continuing popularity reflects the quality and diversity of the programme while reinforcing Glasgow’s reputation as a world-class major events destination.”

Tickets for Piping Live! are on sale Saturday 30th April at 9.00am and available by logging onto www.pipinglive.co.uk 

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