Over 200 bands to compete at 70th anniversary World Championships

A total of 219 bands will compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2017 as the event celebrates its 70th anniversary.  Tickets for this wonderful showcase of Scottish culture which have been held in Glasgow for more than 30 years are on sale.

Bands from 15 nations including USA, Canada, Northern Ireland, France, England, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Austria, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Argentina and Scotland will be at Glasgow Green on 11 and 12 August.

The World Pipe Band Championships are the pinnacle of Pipe Band competition and are organised on behalf of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association by the City of Glasgow. Around 8000 pipers and drummers will compete over 2 days.

This year, the Worlds, as they are affectionately known, will be part of the celebrations for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. The World Pipe Band Championships are being supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

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.

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said: “Planning for the World Pipe Band Championships is a year round task for the event organisers and the bands who want to compete. We will be welcoming bands from all round the world who want to test themselves against their peers in pursuit of the title of World Champions. Every band will already be rehearsing hard in pursuit of a performance at Glasgow Green which is as close to perfection as they can get so we are already anticipating two days of fierce competition to mark the 70th anniversary of this event.”

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. 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.

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.

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