Pipe bands from 13 countries due to compete at World Pipe Band Championships this weekend


The World Pipe Band Championships will feature 214 bands from 13 countries when they return to Glasgow this weekend. The Worlds are being held on August 17 and 18 at Glasgow Green when around 8000 pipers and drummers will compete for the ultimate prize.

More than a quarter of the total entry are coming from overseas with nations represented including New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, France, Canada, Oman, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Eire, USA, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Up to 40% of the competitors this year are expected to be under the age of 25. The World Pipe Band Championships is part of the Partner Programme for the Year of Young People 2018. The Year of Young People 2018 provides a platform to promote and celebrate the talents, achievements and contributions of Scotland’s incredible young people.


Glasgow first hosted the World Pipe Band Championships in 1948 and has been the host city for the event every year since 1986.

This year, the Chieftain of the World Pipe Band Championships will be Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Eva Bolander, who first visited the city as a piper in a band.

Tickets for the World Pipe Band Championships, are on sale with some categories already sold out. Seats for the finale of the Grade 1 competition which will decide which band will be World Champions are sold out.

The World Pipe Band Championships are the pinnacle of competitive Pipe Band competition and are organised on behalf of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association by the City of Glasgow. The current World Champions are Inveraray and District Pipe Band.

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said: “Year after year, Pipe Bands across the world head to Glasgow and the World Pipe Band Championships to compete and test themselves against their peers. The competition this year is the fiercest it has ever been with the standards across each grade higher than ever. We are looking forward to another memorable occasion knowing that whoever comes out on top on Saturday night will deserve to be World Champions.”

Glasgow’s Lord Provost and Chieftain for the World Pipe Band Championships for 2018, Eva Bolander said: “Glasgow and the World Pipe Band Championships are inextricably linked and we love welcoming pipers and drummers from all over the World to compete. I know what it’s like to put months of work into rehearsing as part of a band to head into the arena to be judged on one single performance. The musical ability on display at Glasgow Green this weekend, coupled with the friendly rivalry brings an atmosphere and experience that simply can’t be matched.

Tickets for the event and full information are available via www.theworlds.co.uk You can also buy tickets by calling 0141 353 8000 and in person at the Royal Concert Hall box office.

The World Pipe Band Championships are held in Glasgow at the same time as the city hosts Piping Live!

Piping Live! is a week-long celebration of bagpipes and traditional music, taking place between 13 – 19 August. It brings over 40,000 music fans to Glasgow and sees over 150 events take place in various venues across the city. Ticketed events include firm favourites, The Masters Solo Piping Competition Lowland and Borders Pipers’ Society and International Quartet Competition 2018, plus much more.

Listen to some of the best live acts for free at the festival Street Café, there will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much more. Each event will showcase the world’s most talented musicians in modern trad music. Keep updated on ticket information here.