Tickets for the World Pipe Band Championships, the pinnacle of Pipe Band music are now on sale. The two day event will be held at Glasgow Green on 12 and 13 August 2016 and will feature hundreds of bands competing to be named World Champions.
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 have been associated with Glasgow for more than 60 years and have been held in the city continuously for 30 years.
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 sell out in advance. Details of hospitality packages will be available at a later date.
As well as musical performances of exceptional quality, the World Pipe Band Championships welcomes up to 8000 pipers and drummers from well over 200 bands and visitors from across the world. They all come together for an unforgettable and unique 2 day celebration of Scottish culture.
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: "These championships have been exceptional in recent years with many fantastic performances from top class musicians from all over the world. The level of competition has seen more and more bands come to the fore to compete for the ultimate prize in Pipe Band music and we can expect a similarly hard fought contest this year. There is nothing like the sights and sounds of The Worlds at Glasgow Green and bands from all over the world are already practising hard seeking musical perfection as they prepare to battle for the title of World Champions."
As well as two days of top class pipe band competition, the Worlds features a whole range of events for the whole family to enjoy including Highland Dancing, a Highland Games, Children's Zone and a huge range and variety of food and drink.
Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival is the biggest festival of its kind in the world and this year's week-long celebration will see over 150 events take place in various venues across the city from August 08 – 14. Musicians will play daily throughout Glasgow, including band performances in George Square and on the steps of The Royal Concert Hall. The annual Pipe Idol competition and International Quartets competition will return to this year's programme and the Pipers Market' will be back in George Square, providing the best fresh and local food and drink from across Scotland. This year's stellar line-up includes RURA, the Scott Wood Band, Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout and there will be special concert on Saturday night, featuring the world famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers at 02 Academy Glasgow.
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.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland's Director of Events, said: "Scotland is the home of pipe band music and we are delighted that some of the finest musicians from across the globe are again set to descend upon Glasgow Green for The World Pipe Band Championships. The event is a spectacular celebration of Scottish music and culture held in a tremendous setting, and is sure to draw impressive crowds from all over Scotland once more in 2016."
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