The World Pipe Band Championships will celebrate its 70th anniversary later this year when the event returns to Glasgow Green on 11 and 12 August. Tickets for the event will go on sale at 10 am on Tuesday 25 April with prices being held at 2016 levels.
The World Pipe Band Championships are the pinnacle of competitive Pipe Band competition and are organised on behalf of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association by the City of Glasgow. This year, the Worlds, as they are affectionately known, will be part of the celebrations for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
The first ever World Pipe Band Championships were held at Murrayfield in Edinburgh in 1947. The event was first held in Glasgow in 1948 and has been staged in the city continuously since 1986.
This year, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland defends the title they reclaimed last year. The band has been World Champions five times in the last six years.
In recent years, over 225 bands have travelled from all over the world, bringing around 8000 pipers and drummers to compete in eight grades for the world title. Entries for this year’s event are open and the final list of participants will be confirmed six weeks before the championships.
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said: “The World Pipe Band Championships has developed and changed throughout its history but at its core the challenge to Pipe Bands is still the same. They spend months rehearsing for their shot at the World Title, all the time searching for the perfect performance that will show off their full talent as a band. A day out at the Worlds is to experience a unique showcase of Scottish culture but also to enjoy musicianship and teamwork of extraordinary quality. There is nothing quite like it.”
Tickets for the event and full information will be available via www.theworlds.co.uk with discounts on some tickets for people buying in advance. You can also buy tickets by calling 0141 353 8000 and in person at the Royal Concert Hall box office.
Tickets for the showpiece Grade 1 competition can sell out in advance. Hospitality packages for both days are available. Under 5s attend the event for free.
As well as the best Pipe Bands in the world, the event also hosts Highland Games, Highland Dancing and a great showcase of Scottish food and drink.
The World Pipe Band Championships are being supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland Director of Events, said: “The World Pipe Band Championships are a wonderful spectacle, attracting the best pipers and drummers from around the world, and EventScotland is delighted to be continuing its long-standing support of the event.
“Scotland is the perfect stage for piping events given their central role in our culture and it is wonderful to be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Worlds in Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.”
Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival is the biggest festival of its kind in the world and the week-long celebrations will see over 200 events take place in various venues across the city from 7 – 13 August. Its diverse programme is famed for bringing the best pipers and pipe bands in the world to Glasgow and 2017 is set to be just as outstanding, with a stellar line to be announced next week. The programme will also see performances by the very best international acts from countries such as Estonia, Argentina, Canada, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Australia and Italy, as well as numerous events including the fiercely contested Master Solo, International Quartet and Pipe Idol competitions. Tickets go on sale Tuesday 25 April via www.pipinglive.co.uk.