WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2015 EVENT AT GLASGOW GREEN
Tickets for the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships being held at Glasgow Green are going on sale at 10am today (Wednesday April 15). 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. Hospitality packages for Saturday will also be available at a later date. For further information please go to www.theworlds.co.uk
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.
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.
Early bird “Golden Tickets”, giving music fans access all the festivals’ coveted evening concerts, are now on sale for Piping Live! As well as this, the £90 package gives festival goers free entry to the Piping Live! festival club and a free tshirt. Available from www.thebagpipeshop.co.uk and to collect from The National Piping Centre now.
The World Pipe Band Championships are organised by Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council and the RSPBA with support from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and VisitScotland through its EventScotland team.
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life 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.”
Roddy MacLeod, Director and Founder of Piping Live! International Piping Festival, said: “We are always thrilled to welcome participants and visitors back to Glasgow for Piping Live! and The World Pipe Band Championships each August. The city comes alive as both Glaswegians and tourists enjoy the various cultures and traditions from across the globe to enjoy pipe band music. There is always a brilliant family atmosphere, with all ages in attendance, and we’re sure this year will be no different.”
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Glasgow is home to an enviable, diverse and ever-growing programme of annual major events and festivals. The World Pipe Band Championships are firmly at the heart of Glasgow’s cultural calendar, offering thousands of piping fans from across the UK and overseas the chance to experience a spectacular week of superb traditional Scottish music and culture. Moreover, the Worlds generates significant economic benefit for the city and its continuing popularity reinforces Glasgow’s reputation as a world-class host for events with global appeal.”
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.”