Piping Live! in 2018!

We will be returning slightly later than usual this year.

Piping Live! will take place from Monday 13th – Sunday 19th August 2018.

The World Pipe Band Championships will be on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th August 2018.

Applications are now being taken for Pipe Idol 2018. If you will be aged 21 + Under and would like to take part, please complete this survey.

If your pipe band are coming to Glasgow and would like to take part in our Street Performances, please email marketing@thepipingcentre.co.uk for more information.

We can’t wait to see you all in 2018!

That’s a Wrap for 2017!

And it’s all over for another year! A massive thank you everyone involved in making Piping Live! 2017 happen – artists, staff, volunteers, sponsors, traders and, most importantly, YOU, our amazing audience!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the World Pipe Band Championships on Friday and Saturday, and to Grade 1 World Pipe Band Champions 2017: Inveraray & District Pipe Band!

Sylvain Hamon, Scott Wallace and Connor Sinclair participated in a fantastic afternoon of piping yesterday. Congratulations to Connor Sinclair, who became 2017 champion after winning the Irish and Scottish rounds , with Sylvain Hamon winning the Breton round. With thanks to Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust & McCallum Bagpipes.

Let us know what you thought of this year’s festival by joining us on social media! You can also share your pictures with us by using the hashtags #PipingLive and#MomentsThatMatter – we’d love to see them!

We hope to see you all again in 2018 to celebrate even more #MomentsThatMatter

And the winners are…







The competitions have come in thick and fast this week, with the RT Shepherd & Son International Quartet Competition won by Inveraray and District Pipe Band, Pipe Idol was won by Robbie MacIsaac – who won a set of Fred Morrison Reel Pipes and then the P/M Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge, sponsored by McCallum Bagpipes, was won by Stuart Liddell to a sell-out crowd at the Strathclyde Suite of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Now onto the worlds….

And the Masters Champion 2017 Is….









Congratulations to Jack Lee from Canada who won the Overall title at the Masters Solo Piping Championship last night.

The prizelist was:

1. Jack Lee
2. Glenn Brown
3. Niall Stewart
4. Roddy MacLeod

March, Strathspey and Reel
1. Angus MacColl
2. Craig Sutherland
3. Niall Stewart
4. Roddy MacLeod

Congratulations again to Jack, who qualifies for this year’s Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship on Saturday 28th October in Blair Castle. Find out more and get tickets for the Glenfiddich online now!

Livestream is back for 2017!







We are delighted to announce that we are once again livestreaming the Masters Solo Piping Championships on Monday 7th August. This livestream is sponsored by R.G Hardie & Co. So tune in from 9am UK time, to watch the world’s top soloist compete in Piobaireachd and then around 5.30pm UK time (on conclusion of the Piobaireachd) for the March, Strathspey and Reel.

And if that wasn’t enough, you can also tune in at 1pm on Tuesday for the Lunchtime Recital by Callum Beaumont, 1pm on Wednesday for Jack Lee and then 2pm on Thursday for Willie McCallum’s recital. These 1 hour recitals are sponsored by McCallum Bagpipes.

Find out more

The #PopUpPiper is back!

Our #PopUpPiper surprised young patients and staff at the Royal Hospital for Children with a visit this week, to help celebrate the inspiring work of everyone at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity! Here’s a wee look at what happened…

Our #PopUpPiper returns to twitter next week, so if you have a special event or need a shout out, tweet us at @GlasgowPiping and make your request!

If you still want to sign up to the Piping Live! Big Band, there are still a few spaces left – head over to the page now and find out more.

Time to Tart-an Up Your Beard with our Bonnie Beard Booth!









This year, we are offering to tart-an up your beards at this year’s event with the introduction of the world’s first Bonnie Beard Booth! The Bonnie Beard Booth will open at George Square 12noon- 3pm on Thursday 10th August at Glasgow’s George Square. Ladies, don’t feel left out, this can be done on your fringe or long hair too.

We want you to grow your facial fuzz to take full advantage of the booth when it pops up in George Square. The booth will be run by beard experts, Braw Beard Oils who will allow bearded gents to choose from a variety of tartans and styles, making it the ultimate accessory for all Piping Live! events.

Roddy MacLeod, Festival Director of Piping Live! said: “Bagpipes and tartan are two important symbols of Scottish heritage and culture that continue to evolve through the talents of emerging musicians and designers and we’ve celebrated both at Piping Live! for fourteen years now. We’re delighted to add the Bonnie Beard booth to this year’s festival, where bearded pipers and kilties can take their image to the next level! There’s just four weeks to go until thousands of visitors and musicians arrive from all over the world for this year’s event – so now’s the time to ditch the razors and let’s fill the city with tartan beards!”

Beard care expert and Braw Beard Oil founder, John Jackson said: “Men around the world are embracing their facial hair – there’s been plenty of variations from glitter beards to bauble beards – and this is another great example of how you can have some fun with it. For one day only, we’re going to blow piping fans and grooming enthusiasts away with some truly special facial patterns.”

Keep Piping Live! And Braw Beard Oil updated with your beard growth progress on Twitter using #bonniebeard. All appointments are free and first come, first served, so get there quick!

Bill Livingstone Book Launch – Pre-Order now!

We are delighted to be hosting the launch of Bill Livingstone’s memoirs here at Piping Live!, in the National Piping Centre Auditorium on Thursday 10th August from 4.30pm. The event will be hosted by Stuart Liddell and is sponsored by McCallum Bagpipes.

Entitled Preposterous: Tales to Follow, the 276-page work covers over seven decades of Bill’s life, ranging from his childhood in the tough mining town of Copper Cliff in northern Ontario, Canada, to some of his most high-profile solo and pipe band ventures around the world.

“This book has been in the works for several years now,” said Bill. “Writing it has been a roller-coaster ride of emotions as I have not held back on putting my memories, my views and my feelings out there for everyone to see. Seeing it finished is simultaneously elating and terrifying.”

Preposterous: Tales to Follow is available for pre-order now from The Bagpipe Shop.co.uk until Friday 21st July. Check out the details of the launch event in Glasgow here

Download the full Piping Live! Programme

Take a look to the right….

The Piping Live! Programme is now available as a PDF download.

Take a peek now and plan your week!