Glasgow counts down to annual celebrations of piping

Glasgow will once again be the global focus of piping, as thousands of pipers arrive in the city to perform and compete next week (8 – 14 August).  Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival, sees hundreds of events take place throughout the city before The World Pipe Band Championships return to Glasgow Green on 12 and 13 August, bringing competitors from all over the world to compete for the ultimate prize in pipe band competition.

Known as the world’s biggest week of piping, Piping Live! celebrates Scotland’s national instrument with concerts from the world’s top traditional musicians, performances by pipe bands from across the globe, family fun days and even come and try sessions. Headlined by the globally-famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers (Saturday 13th, O2 ABC), the festival will also feature daily performances by some of the best pipe bands from across the world, which will take place in Glasgow’s main civic space, George Square.

You can also enjoy hearing bagpipes from other countries such as Slovakia, Spain, France and Ireland, which look and sound very different from the Great Highland Bagpipes. For the first time, pipers can take part in a massed band procession through the streets of Glasgow with proceeds going to Asthma UK.  For more information and to book tickets, visit

The World Pipe Band Championships return to Glasgow Green on 12 and 13 August and will welcome 235 bands who will fight it out for the ultimate title of World Champions. Bands are coming from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USA, South African and Zimbabwe as well as from across Europe to compete. 

For more in formation on the World Pipe Band Championships, visit

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