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Monday 8th August 2016

The Masters Solo Piping Competition – Piobaireachd

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 9:00

The best competing pipers of this generation return to the stage at The National Piping Centre as they take part in the annual Masters Solo Piping Competition. The overall winner of this competition qualifies for the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship in October, so you can expect to see the best of the best on show! Join… Read more »

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 10:30

From 10.30am from Monday 8th – Friday 12th August, all our Piping Live! pipe bands will perform at 2 locations on Buchanan Street before they appear in George Square. So if you want to follow a band, they will be at the steps at Glasgow Royal Concert hall first, then on to the Fiveways, half… Read more »

Museum Tours – Monday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Street Cafe – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns to Piping Live! 2016 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Here you will find free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much more! On Monday at the Street Cafe you can see: 12noon – Xeremiers de Soller – Mallorcan… Read more »

George Square – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 12:00

Piping Live! will once again be in its city centre home of George Square. After a triumphant return to the space in 2015, we will once again be filling the city’s premier outdoor space with the music of the bagpipes! With performances by pipe bands from all over the world, as well as international acts… Read more »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 12:00

The Piobaireachd of the Day at the College of Piping will see a prize winning performer (or two) present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performers are Jim McGillivray and William Donaldson. Tickets are £5 adults/ £4 concession… Read more »

Come & Try Piping – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place.

Pipe Band of the Day – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 13:00

The College of Piping presents a fantastic line up of pipe bands for Piping Live! 2016. These will be mini-bands who perform in concert each day. Today’s performers are The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. Based at The National Piping Centre, the NYPBoS is a non-competing band made up of the best young pipers… Read more »

Pipe Idol – Heat 1 – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 15:30

Pipe Idol is back for 2016! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

The Masters Solo Piping Competition – March, Strathspey and Reel

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 17:00

The best competing pipers of this generation return to the stage at The National Piping Centre as they take part in the annual Masters Solo Piping Competition. The overall winner of this competition qualifies for the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship in October, so you can expect to see the best of the best on show! The… Read more »

Glenfiddich Whisky Tasting – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 17:00

Join us in the Museum of Piping to test your tastebuds at this exclusive Whisky Tasting, brought to you by our festival sponsors Glenfiddich. There will be three malt whiskies of different ages for you to try, and you will be given a masterclass in how to really taste your malt. This session is for… Read more »

Festival Club – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 8th August 2016 at 22:00

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2016. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a full day of Piping Live! fun. Tonight’s line… Read more »

Tuesday 9th August 2016

Family Fun Day 2016

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 9:15

Come and join us on Tuesday 9th August from 09.15am for our Family Fun Day 2016. With Piping, Highland Dancing, Tenor Drumming with Tyler Fry, crafts, facepainting, story telling,and a special appearance by Cheeko the Clown, this fantastic morning of events will keep the weans entertained! Its for ages 6 + Under, and its £2.50… Read more »

CLASP World Amateur Solo Championships – Grade 3

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 10:00

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 3 will run on Tuesday 9th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Events are as follows: Piobaireachd 2/4 March Strathspey and Reel Jig To enter please visit the www.theclasp.co.uk or go to the booking entry page. The CLASP is sponsored by Wallace… Read more »

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands- Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 10:30

From 10.30am from Monday 8th – Friday 12th August, all our Piping Live! pipe bands will perform at 2 locations on Buchanan Street before they appear in George Square. So if you want to follow a band, they will be at the steps at Glasgow Royal Concert hall first, then on to the Fiveways, half… Read more »

Museum Tours – Tuesday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Street Cafe – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns to Piping Live! 2016 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Here you will find free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much more. As well as this, there will be our fantastic food and drink from the Pipers’ Tryst… Read more »

George Square – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 12:00

Piping Live! will once again be in its city centre home of George Square. After a triumphant return to the space in 2015, we will once again be filling the city’s premier outdoor space with the music of the bagpipes! With performances by pipe bands from all over the world, as well as international acts… Read more »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 12:00

The Piobaireachd of the Day at the College of Piping will see a prize winning performer (or two) present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performer is Sarah Muir, who won the MacGregor Memorial competition and Piping Live’s… Read more »

Come & Try Piping – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place

Lunchtime Recital – Stuart Liddell

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 13:00

Stuart Liddell, Pipe Major of Grade 1 Inveraray and District Pipe Band, and 2 time Glenfiddich Solo Piping Champion will perform in recital for Piping Live! on Tuesday 9th August in The National Piping Centre Auditorium. So make sure you get tickets to hear this fantastic performer in recital. This event is Sponsored by McCallum… Read more »

Pipe Band of the Day – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 13:00

The College of Piping presents a fantastic line up of pipe bands for Piping Live! 2016. These will be mini-bands who perform in concert each day. In a last minute change to the schedule, today’s performers will be Dan Nevans and John Cameron who will present a selection of tunes. Tickets are £5 adults / £4… Read more »

Piping at a Higher Level – RCS Degree and HNC

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 14:00

Join students and course leaders from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as they present their current work. You can also find out more about the opportunities to study piping at a higher level with a Q&A session. There will also be information available about the new HNC Music – Piping course at The National Piping… Read more »

pipes|drums presents Pipes+Drums

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 14:00

We are delighted that the pipes|drums Magazine’s annual Pipes+Drums Recital by Grade 1 pipe-majors and lead-drummers will return on Tuesday 9th August at 2pm. This year’s recitalists comprise more than 50 collective World Pipe Band Championships, World Pipe Band Drumming Championships and World Solo Drumming Championships and enough solo piping hardware to start a precious metals… Read more »

Gaelic Taster Session – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 15:00

Join The National Piping Centre Librarian, and fluent Gaelic speaker James Beaton as he guides you through the basics of the Gaelic language, and how it relates to piping.

Pipe Idol – Heat 2 – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 15:30

Pipe Idol is back for 2016! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

Glenfiddich Whisky Tasting – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 17:00

Join us in the Museum of Piping to test your tastebuds at this exclusive Whisky Tasting, brought to you by our festival sponsors Glenfiddich. There will be three malt whiskies of different ages for you to try, and you will be given a masterclass in how to really taste your malt. This session is for… Read more »

International Quartet Competition 2016

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 19:30

This Piping Live! staple returns for 2016, to showcase the best in international Pipe Bands, just days before they take to Glasgow Green for the Worlds. Eight pipe bands from across the globe will send 4 of their pipers to compete in this head to head challenge, as 10 hidden judges decide who will take home… Read more »

Festival Club – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 22:00

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2016. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a full day of Piping Live! fun. Tonight’s event… Read more »

Wednesday 10th August 2016

CLASP World Amateur Solo Championships – Grade 2

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 10:00

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 2 will run on Wednesday 10th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Events are as follows: Piobaireachd 2/4 March Strathspey and Reel Jig To enter please visit the www.theclasp.co.uk or go to the booking entry page. The CLASP is sponsored by Wallace… Read more »

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 10:30

From 10.30am from Monday 8th – Friday 12th August, all our Piping Live! pipe bands will perform at 2 locations on Buchanan Street before they appear in George Square. So if you want to follow a band, they will be at the steps at Glasgow Royal Concert hall first, then on to the Fiveways, half… Read more »

Museum Tours – Wednesday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Street Cafe – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns to Piping Live! 2016 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Here you will find free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much more. As well as this, there will be our fantastic food and drink from the Pipers’ Tryst… Read more »

George Square – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 12:00

Piping Live! will once again be in its city centre home of George Square. After a triumphant return to the space in 2015, we will once again be filling the city’s premier outdoor space with the music of the bagpipes! With performances by pipe bands from all over the world, as well as international acts… Read more »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Chris Armstrong

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 12:00

The Piobaireachd of the Day at the College of Piping will see a prize winning performer (or two) present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performer is Chris Armstrong, gold medallist and Pipe Major of ScottishPower Pipe Band Tickets… Read more »

Come & Try Piping – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place

Lunchtime Recital – Willie McCallum

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 13:00

The record holding 8 time Glenfiddich Solo Piping Champion Willie McCallum will take to the stage at The National Piping Centre for the second in our Lunchtime Recital Series. So join us on Wednesday 10th August for a fantastic chance to hear a recital from one of the greats of piping. Tickets are available online now… Read more »

Pipe Band of the Day – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 13:00

The College of Piping presents a fantastic line up of pipe bands for Piping Live! 2016. These will be mini-bands who perform in concert each day. Today’s performers are ScottishPower Pipe Band. This Grade 1 powerhouse will follow their pipe major’s Piobaireachd of the Day performance. Tickets are £5 adults / £4 concession and are… Read more »

Piobaireachd in the Pub

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 14:00

Think you don’t like Piobaireachd? Don’t know too much about it? Already a devotee? This session is for you. . In this “pub session” Murray Henderson and Bruce Gandy explain and play some of their favourite piobaireachd passages showing Ceol Mor’s beauty, variety and vitality. The new combined edition of “Sidelights to the Kilberry Book”… Read more »

The Piobaireachd Compositions of Cpt John A. MacLellan MBE

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 14:30

A recital/ talk about some of the tunes contained in the new book “Complete Compositions of Ceol Mor”. Colin MacLellan and Jenny Hazzard will play excerpts of the tunes interspersed with background information and anecdotes about the music and its creation. A must – listen for fans of new, creative Ceol Mor composition. Excerpts  played… Read more »

Gaelic Taster Session – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 15:00

Join The National Piping Centre Librarian, and fluent Gaelic speaker James Beaton as he guides you through the basics of the Gaelic language, and how it relates to piping.

Pipe Idol – Heat 3 – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 15:30

Pipe Idol is back for 2016! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

Glenfiddich Whisky Tasting – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 17:00

Join us in the Blue Room at The National Piping Centre to test your tastebuds at this exclusive Whisky Tasting, brought to you by our festival sponsors Glenfiddich. There will be three malt whiskies of different ages for you to try, and you will be given a masterclass in how to really taste your malt…. Read more »

Piping Live! Presents Glasgow Gin Club

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 17:30

Piping Live! Presents Glasgow Gin Club will be an intimate, unique event in the Museum of Piping at The National Piping Centre. Come and try 4 of Scotland’s finest craft-stilled gins during this fabulous week of celebration. Each guest will receive 4 gin and tonics with the perfect garnish and gin knowledge direct from each Ambassador. Nibbles,… Read more »

Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society Concert

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 19:30

The L.B.P.S. is once again delighted to be part of Piping Live! and taking part this year are four of the world’s greatest pipers ; Angus MacKenzie and Angus Nicolson, (Border Pipes) two heroes of our traditional music, Callum Armstrong, (Border Pipes) a spectacular and consummate all round musician, innovator and improviser and Brighde Chaimbeul,… Read more »

Festival Club – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 22:00

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2016. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a full day of Piping Live! fun. Tonight will… Read more »

Thursday 11th August 2016

CLASP World Amateur Solo Championships – Grade 1

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 10:00

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 1 will run on Thursday 11th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Events are as follows: Piobaireachd 2/4 March, Strathspey and Reel Hornpipe & Jig To enter please visit the www.theclasp.co.uk or go to the booking entry page. The CLASP is sponsored by… Read more »

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 10:30

From 10.30am from Monday 8th – Friday 12th August, all our Piping Live! pipe bands will perform at 2 locations on Buchanan Street before they appear in George Square. So if you want to follow a band, they will be at the steps at Glasgow Royal Concert hall first, then on to the Fiveways, half… Read more »

Museum Tours – Thursday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Fred Morrison Pipes – Uillean Pipes Launch

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 11:00

Join Fred Morrison in the Auditorium of The National Piping Centre as he launches his new range of Uillean Pipes. Hear him play, then find out more about his brand new range.

Street Cafe – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns to Piping Live! 2016 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Here you will find free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much more. As well as this, there will be our fantastic food and drink from the Pipers’ Tryst… Read more »

George Square – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 12:00

Piping Live! will once again be in its city centre home of George Square. After a triumphant return to the space in 2015, we will once again be filling the city’s premier outdoor space with the music of the bagpipes! With performances by pipe bands from all over the world, as well as international acts… Read more »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 12:00

The Piobaireachd of the Day at the College of Piping will see a prize winning performer (or two) present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performer is Callum Beaumont, double gold medallist and the youngest ever winner of… Read more »

Pipe Idol – Heat 4 – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 12:00

Pipe Idol is back for 2016! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

Come & Try Piping – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place

Lunchtime Recital – Angus MacColl

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 13:00

Join us on Thursday 11th August to hear the current Glenfiddich Solo Piping Champion, Angus MacColl perform in recital. This will be the third, and last, in our lunchtime recital series, and is one not to be missed. This will be a fantastic recital from a truly great performer! Ticket are available online now from Ticketweb… Read more »

Pipe Band of the Day – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 13:00

The College of Piping presents a fantastic line up of pipe bands for Piping Live! 2016. These will be mini-bands who perform in concert each day. In a last minute change to the schedule, today’s performance will be by Lomond & Clyde with new Pipe Major this season David Wilton. Come and see how they… Read more »

Wallace Bagpipes presents Armstrong Bagpipes

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 14:00

A showcase of both Wallace Bagpipes & Armstrong Bagpipes; a new product designed by Pipe Major Chris Armstrong in conjunction with Wallace Bagpipes. Chris and members of Scottish Power Pipe Band will be performing on this new magnificent instrument so come along for a listen!

The International Collection – Book 3 Launch

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 14:30

The International Collection – Book 3 is the latest in the series of Bob Worrall’s tune books. We are delighted to be hosting a launch event for this fantastic new collection which contains close to 100 tunes by Bob Worrall and a number of other celebrated composers within its pages. The event will feature a… Read more »

Gaelic Taster Session – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 15:00

Join The National Piping Centre Librarian, and fluent Gaelic speaker James Beaton as he guides you through the basics of the Gaelic language, and how it relates to piping

Pipe Idol Grand Final

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 17:00

Who will be Pipe Idol 2016? After four heats of fierce competition the four finalists will play one last time in front of a panel of secret judges to see who will be crowned champion. Watch throughout the week as the finalists are chosen. For 2016 we have moved this fantastically popular event to a bigger venue… Read more »

Glenfiddich Whisky Tasting – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 17:00

Join us in the Museum of Piping to test your tastebuds at this exclusive Whisky Tasting, brought to you by our festival sponsors Glenfiddich. There will be three malt whiskies of different ages for you to try, and you will be given a masterclass in how to really taste your malt. This session is for… Read more »

Piping Live! 2016 Presents A Summer Session with Glasgow Gin Club

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 18:00

Let the Gin Begin! Join Glasgow Gin Club on Thursday 11 August in the Performance Tent in George Square for an exclusive event. Come and try some of Scotland’s finest craft-stilled gins with accompanying brand ambassadors on hand to share their expertise and fun facts. Each guest will receive 4 gin and tonics, all served with… Read more »

Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 19:30

Carrying on the tradition started in the Lord Todd Bar at Strathclyde University, The Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge will pit four top pipers against each other as they take to the stage to perform a medley of their favourite tunes. This will be exciting dynamic piping at its very best. Confirmed to play… Read more »

Festival Club – Thursday feat. Daimh

Date & Time: Thursday 11th August 2016 at 22:00

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2016. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a full day of Piping Live! fun. Tonight’s event… Read more »

Friday 12th August 2016

Museum Tours – Friday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Friday 12th August 2016 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Street Cafe – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 12th August 2016 at 12:00

Its the last day of the Street Cafe for Piping Live! 2016 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Here you will find free music from 12 noon each day. There will be international artists, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much more. As well as this, there will be our fantastic food and drink from… Read more »

George Square – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 12th August 2016 at 12:00

Piping Live! will once again be in its city centre home of George Square. After a triumphant return to the space in 2015, we will once again be filling the city’s premier outdoor space with the music of the bagpipes! With performances by pipe bands from all over the world, as well as international acts… Read more »

Come & Try Piping – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 12th August 2016 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 12th August 2016 at 12:30

From 12.30pm on Friday 12th August, all our Piping Live! pipe bands will perform at 2 locations on Buchanan Street before they appear in George Square. So if you want to follow a band, they will be at the steps at Glasgow Royal Concert hall first, then on to the Fiveways, half way down Buchanan Street… Read more »

Glenfiddich Whisky Tasting – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 12th August 2016 at 17:00

Join us in the Museum of Piping to test your tastebuds at this exclusive Whisky Tasting, brought to you by our festival sponsors Glenfiddich. There will be three malt whiskies of different ages for you to try, and you will be given a masterclass in how to really taste your malt. This session is for… Read more »

Jigs, Muneiras and other Magical Melodies

Date & Time: Friday 12th August 2016 at 19:30

This fantastic concert will see two of the best piping acts around take to the stage with a distinctly Scottish/Spanish flavour. Anxo Lorenzo brings his trio from Galicia to tear up the stage with his Gaita, as they take you on a whirlwind through Spain and beyond. Then one of the most exciting bands on… Read more »

Rona Lightfoot’s 80th Birthday Bash!

Date & Time: Friday 12th August 2016 at 20:00

The Glasgow Uist and Barra Association are delighted to be honouring Rona Lightfoot in Glasgow with a traditional Ceilidh to mark her 80th Birthday at Piping Live! Rona was a trailblazer for female pipers in the early 70s and is frequently credited with being the first woman to compete at the Northern Meeting and in… Read more »

Festival Club – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 12th August 2016 at 22:00

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2016. Join us for the last night of 2016, which will feature emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a full day… Read more »

Saturday 13th August 2016

World Pipe Band Championships 2016

Date & Time: Saturday 13th August 2016 at 9:00

The World Pipe Band Championships 2016 will take place on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 August 2016 on Glasgow Green. This amazing spectacle will see over 200 pipe bands from across the globe come together to compete for the crown. Book your tickets now. The Worlds are coming!  

After World’s Shindig feat. Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Date & Time: Saturday 13th August 2016 at 20:00

The Chillis are back at Piping Live! We are delighted to announce that the Red Hot Chilli Pipers will tear up the stage of the stage of the o2 ABC for the After World’s Shindig 2016. Come along for a fantastic night of Bagrock as they present their exciting brand of piping music fusing traditional… Read more »

Sunday 14th August 2016

Gordon Duncan Memorial Piping Competition

Date & Time: Sunday 14th August 2016 at 15:00

Gordon Duncan, from Pitlochry in Perthshire, was widely regarded as one of the most skilled and innovative traditional music performers and composers of modern times. The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust was formed to raise funds for the promotion of piping and other forms of traditional music amongst young people in Scotland. The pipers will hail… Read more »

Ross Ainslie, Ali Hutton and Friends

Date & Time: Sunday 14th August 2016 at 19:30

Wrapping up Piping Live! 2016 in style, this closing concert promises to be special. Following on from the Gordon Duncan Memorial Competition, and commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Gordon’s passing, we bring you two of the best musicians who have taken on his legacy – Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton. Set to release a new album… Read more »