The World Pipe Band Championships are being held in Glasgow for the 30th consecutive year. This year, The Worlds welcomes one of the biggest fields in the history of the event to compete at Glasgow Green on 12 and 13 August. A total of 234 bands from all over the world are making the journey in the hope of securing the ultimate prize in Pipe Band competition.
Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band are the defending World Champions after they became the first Scottish band to win the coveted title in more than a decade. The World Pipe Band Championships were first held in Glasgow almost 70 years ago
Entries have been received from as far afield as Canada, USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Zimbabwe as well as from across Europe, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Scotland.
Full ticket information is available at www.theworlds.co.uk. You can also buy tickets by calling 0141 353 8000 and in person at the Royal Concert Hall box office. Family tickets for 3 children and 2 adults for the full final day of competition cost £31 if bought in advance.
The World Pipe Band Championships welcomes up to 8000 pipers and drummers from around the world. Also on offer is a fantastic Children’s zone, Highland Dancing, Highland Games and great food and drink.
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “Glasgow has been home to the World Pipe Band Championships for the last 30 years and you can see from the strength of the entry that the appetite from bands to come and play at Glasgow Green remains as strong as ever. We are looking forward to a very strong day of competition from some truly gifted, dedicated and outstanding musicians. If you have never been to Glasgow Green during The Worlds, you have never truly appreciated the sights and sounds of this uniquely Scottish occasion.”
The Lord Provost of Glasgow and Chieftain of the World Pipe Band Championships, Sadie Docherty, said: “It is an enormous privilege to be asked to be chieftain of this truly incredible event. Glasgow is proud to have such a long association with the World Pipe Band Championships and with bands who are constantly striving to improve in the pursuit of the title of World Champions. Coupled with Highland Games, Highland Dancing and a great family zone, it promises to be unforgettable.”
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “Over the past thirty years, the World Pipe Band Championships has gone from strength-to-strength; showcasing Scotland as the perfect stage for events by attracting some of the best piping and drumming talent from around the world. Glasgow always delivers a fantastic event, drawing thousands of visitors to Glasgow Green to enjoy the world-class competition and 2016 is sure to be another stand-out year in the event’s long-history.”
Piping Live!, the world’s biggest week of piping, celebrates Scotland’s national instrument and it’s culture between 8 and 14 August 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 more information and to book tickets: www.pipinglive.co.uk
Glasgow will host the World Pipe Band Championships until 2021. The event is delivered by Glasgow Life on behalf of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and Glasgow City Council and is supported by EventScotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.