Piping Live! Launch World’s First Piping Jukebox in Glasgow – with a live piper inside!

Picture by Chris James

Danny Hutcheson will play a selection of chart hits and special requests in interactive booth

Jukebox will be situated on corner of Buchanan Street and Gordon Street from 11.30am-1.30pm on Tuesday 23rd July

The world’s first interactive Piping Jukebox, complete with live piper inside, will visit Glasgow’s Buchanan Street tomorrow (23rd July) from 11:30am until 1:30pm, giving the public a taste of what to expect from this year’s Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival.

Crowds will be treated to piping hot renditions of Lewis Capaldi’s number 1 single Someone You Loved and Piping Live! 2019 headliner Dougie MacLean’s Caledonia, among many other favourites before being invited to select the genre of the next song.

Situated at the corner of Buchanan Street and Gordon Street, the bespoke Piping Live! Jukebox is 8ft tall and features the official tartan of the National Piping Centre. With mock speakers and a coin slot, the Jukebox is designed to bring back memories of traditional jukeboxes. Five buttons on the front allow the public to select which genre they’d like to hear next.

The bagpipes will be played by Danny Hutcheson, a hotly-tipped young piper and previous Pipe Idol competition finalist. Danny will also perform in an Emerging Talent slot at the Piping Live! Street Café at the National Piping Centre on 14th August. A number of pop stars have duetted with pipers in recent years, including Tom Walker and Ed Sheeran. Other celebrity fans of the bagpipes include Sir Billy Connolly, Ewan McGregor, Sir Alex Ferguson, and the Queen.

Piping Live! returns to Glasgow on 10 – 18 August 2019 with headliners featuring Dougie MacLean, Tryst, Dàimh and Lúnasa, among others. Now in its 16th year, Piping Live! is the biggest festival of its kind, attracting over 40,000 music fans, families and tourists from all around the globe to watch more than 5,000 pipers perform at 150 events across the city. This year’s programme features performances by the very best international acts from countries including New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada and Scotland, and sees the return of the fiercely-contested Masters Solo, International Quartet and Pipe Idol competitions. In addition, there will be daily performances, family fun and the hugely popular Street Café will return to The National Piping Centre for the festival.

Roddy MacLeod, Festival Director of Piping Live! said: “From the latest chart hits, to the best known rock tunes and traditional Scottish folk, our Piping Jukebox shows the versatility of the pipes and offers a taste of what’s to come at Piping Live! Our programme is just as eclectic as the Jukebox’s songbook and we welcome everyone to come and experience all the festival fun with us when it takes place between 10 – 18 August.”