Tickets for the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships being held at Glasgow Green are going on sale. The event which has been associated with Glasgow for more than 60 years will be staged across 2 days on the 14th and 15th of August when up to 8000 pipers and drummers are expected to compete.
Tickets for the Grade 1 arena, which give ringside seats while the top bands compete for the title of World Champions are going on sale along with general admission tickets for both days. Around 220 bands are expected to compete across the 2 days with entries traditionally coming from around the world for what is the pinnacle of pipe band competition.
Tickets for the event range from as little as £2 for a concession ticket on Friday August the 14th to £28 for a ticket for the Grade 1 competition on Saturday afternoon where the battle for the World Championship will play out. Family tickets for 2 adults and up to 3 children on Saturday August 15 cost just £43 while children aged 5 or under won’t be charged.
The Worlds, as they are affectionately known, are a showcase for some of the finest pipe bands, pipers and drummers from around the world. The event also features Highland Dancing, a Highland Games, a children’s zone and a dedicated food village.
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, the organisation that delivers The Worlds on behalf of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “The World Pipe Band Championships are a long established cornerstone of Glasgow’s cultural calendar which the city looks forward to hosting every year. Everywhere you go, bands are practising for the competition performances which they have spent months, and in some cases, years perfecting. There’s nothing quite like the sights and sounds of Glasgow Green during The Worlds.”
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said: “The World Pipe Band Championships is a unique event which not only showcases Scottish culture but is a stage on which many of the most talented pipers and drummers come to shine. The Worlds is a great day out and an absolute must for anyone who loves to see and hear the talent, dedication and sheer hard work of musicians from all over the world as they test themselves competing for the ultimate prize in pipe band music.”
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events and The World Pipe Band Championships is undoubtedly one of the cultural highlights on our annual portfolio. It is a must-see for any visitor to the country and there is a strong pull for visitors from around the world to be part of this spectacular celebration of Scottish culture and heritage.”
Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival will
also return once again to venues across Glasgow between August 10 – 16,
bringing spectators from across the world to the city for the biggest
festival of its kind in the world. In exciting news, this year the
festival will return to George Square, in the heart of the city, where
pipers will be performing all day. They will also be holding over 200
events across Glasgow, with venues as varied as the performers - from
workshops to masterclasses, ceilidhs to concerts and street performances
bringing the city to life. Piping Live! will also be celebrating
Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink with a new Pipers Market showcasing
the very best of fresh, local, Scottish produce.