Online Festival

Saturday 8th - Sunday 16th August 2020


Silver Chanter
8th August
Pipers of the World Talks
10th-11th-12th August
Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge 13th August
Old Blind Dogs
14th August


Piping Live! 2020 is the 17th edition of the Glasgow International Piping Festival. In April this year, the heart-breaking decision was taken to cancel our festival due to the global pandemic. However as the world has slowly started to reopen, we knew we had to bring some of the usual flavour of the festival to you, our fantastic audience. We hope that these concerts and talks will bring a taste of what you can usually expect from Piping Live! all from the comfort and safety of your own home. So get the BBQ on (it never mattered it was raining at Piping Live!), pull on your Piping Live! tshirt and tune in to our livestream for a great week of piping!

Support Us

This year has been a very strange year for all of us. Cancelling our action packed week of live concerts, talks, workshops, sessions, come and trys, book launches and more really affected our charity. Bringing a small programme to you is our way of thank you for your support over the last 17 editions of the festival, but now we need to ask for your support again.

In 2019, Piping Live! stretched nearly 300 hours of entertainment and to return to that in 2021 we need your help. Every pound you donate will go towards keeping as much of our festival in place for all, whatever your age, stage or interest. If you enjoy the festival, please contribute.

Gies a quid... Fling us a fiver... Tap us a tenner... or feeling even more Generous?!

Donate by Text Message!
Send BAGPIPES (chosen donation amount) to 70085
e.g. BAGPIPES 10 to 70085 to donate £10
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Sponsors & Supporters

William Grant Foundation
Event Scotland
People Make Glasgow
The National Piping Centre
Creative Scotland
McCallum Bagpipes
Bagpipe News
The Bagpipe Shop
Trad TV

Programme Advertisers


The Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) has also gone online for the first event in the 2020/21 Season. On Saturday 8th August around 50 competitors will take place, playing live for their recording, which will then be sent to judges to be judged on Sunday 9th August, with the results announced around 8pm that day.

CLASP is open to all amateur pipers aged 18+ from across the world. If you would like to start competing, then head over to the website and find out more about how you can join the CLASP and start competing.