More than 200 bands have already entered for the World Pipe Band Championships, the pinnacle of Pipe Band competition. This year the two day event will be held at Glasgow Green on 12 and 13 August 2016 and currently 215 bands have signed up to compete for the title of World Champions with entries not closing until June 29.
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 the last 30 years.
Entries have already been received from as far afield as Canada, USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Zimbabwe as well as from across Europe, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Tickets and further information is 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.
As well as musical performances of exceptional quality, the World Pipe Band Championships welcomes up to 8000 pipers and drummers 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: “We’ve seen some huge entries for the World Pipe Band Championships in recent years and 2016 looks like being another big year. Top class bands from all round the world are already making sure they will be competing in Glasgow on August 12 and 13 for the title of World Champions and entries don’t close until the end of June. We are getting ready for two amazing, hard fought days of competition between the finest pipers and drummers in the world and an event which is a truly unforgettable experience of Scottish culture.”On top of 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!, the world’s biggest week of piping, celebrates Scotland’s national instrument and it’s culture between 8 and 14 August with concerts from the world’s top traditional musicians, performances by pipe bands from across the globe, family fun days and even come and try sessions.Headlined by the globally-famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers (Saturday 13th, O2 ABC), the festival will also feature daily performances by some of the best pipe bands from across the world, which will take place in Glasgow’s main civic space, George Square. You can also enjoy hearing bagpipes from other countries such as Slovakia, Spain, France and Ireland, which look and sound very different from the Great Highland Bagpipes. For more information and to book tickets: www.pipinglive.co.uk
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. Ends
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