GLASGOW GREEN TO HOST THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

A total of 219 bands will compete at the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green on Friday and Saturday (11 and 12 August) as the event celebrates its 70th anniversary.  Around 8000 pipers and drummers will play for the ultimate prize in Pipe Band Competition in front of tens of thousands of spectators. 

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.

Tickets for this wonderful showcase of Scottish culture which have been held continuously in Glasgow for more than 30 years are on sale. Tickets for the event and full information are available via www.theworlds.co.uk.  VIP packages are also available. You can buy tickets by calling 0141 353 8000 and in person at the Royal Concert Hall box office. 

This year, the Chieftain for the event will be Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Eva Bolander. 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. 

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.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander said: “My first experience of Glasgow more than 30 years ago was as a piper in a band that travelled from Sweden for the event. To be asked to be chieftain is a special honour. I am really looking forward to outstanding performances from the best bands in the world, and enjoying the unique atmosphere of Glasgow Green.  It promises to be an unforgettable experience for everyone who goes along.”   

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said: “At the heart of the World Pipe Band Championships are brilliant musicians seeking to prove they are the best of this best. Planning for the event itself is a year round process but getting ready to compete is a life-long pursuit of excellence coupled with months of rehearsal. For any band to win the World title is a huge achievement and to watch them all compete is a real pleasure.” 

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “It is wonderful to once again welcome bands from all around the world back to Glasgow for the World Pipe Band Championships in this special anniversary year. Piping is a quintessential part of our history and heritage so it’s fantastic to be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the World’s during Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. 

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and EventScotland is delighted to be a long-standing supporter of the Worlds. I wish all the bands taking part in this year’s Championships the best of luck.”

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.

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. 

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

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. 

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​Notes to Editors 

EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. 

EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland. For more information about VisitScotland see www.visitscotland.org or for consumer information on Scotland as a visitor destination see www.visitscotland.com. 


2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 

2017 is the year to delve into the past and discover Scotland’s fascinating stories through a wide-ranging variety of new and existing activity to drive the nation’s tourism and events sector, boosting tourism across Scotland.
The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology begins on 1 January 2017 and will end on 31 December 2017.  It will build on the momentum generated by previous themed years in Scotland including the 2015 Year of Food and Drink, Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Year of Creative and the Year of Natural.
The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland, and supported by a variety of partners including Creative Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Built Environment Forum Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums Galleries Scotland and Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland.
The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is supported by £570,000 of Scottish Government funding.
The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology events fund is managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. 
For more information visit visitscotland.com/HHA2017 or join the conversation at #HHA2017