Piping Live! Festival

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Piping Live! Festival
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Frequency Annual
Location(s) Glasgow
Years active 11
Attendance 30,000

The Piping Live! Festival (a.k.a. Piping Hot Festival) is an annual bagpiping event held in Glasgow by the National Piping Centre. The festival was created in 2003 and occurs on the run-up to the World Pipe Band Championships.[1] It is estimated that the festival alone adds £12 million to Scotland's tourism revenue and it is the largest bagpipe festival in the world.[1][2]

The festival is always opened with performances in the Royal Concert Hall by musicians including The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.[3][4] The festival itself consists of over 150 individual events including free classes, concerts and ceilidhs throughout the week.[5][4] The festival also has its own "Canada Day" to celebrate the multitude of Canadian Grade I bands who participate in the Championships.[6] The Piping Centre also produces and releases albums around the festival, such as Seudan by the band of the same name in 2011.[7]

The festival won Event of The Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards in 2008 and in 2010 Eve Muirhead was named the festival's ambassador in an effort to reach out to a younger audience.[8][9] The event is directed by Roddy MacLeod.[1][10]


  1. ^ a b c Augustine, Lalila (August 11, 2012). "Piping festival sells twice as many tickets as last year". The Herald (Glasgow). p. 8. 
  2. ^ "Pretty Little Skirl". Daily Record. August 9, 2011. p. 23. 
  3. ^ Duncanson, Hilary (June 3, 2009). "Prince to Meet Young Entrepreneurs". Press Association Mediapoint. 
  4. ^ a b Gray, Rebecca (August 7, 2012). "City tunes up for the Olympics". Evening Times (Glasgow). p. 18. 
  5. ^ "Scotland's own Olympics will be piping hot!". Evening Times (Glasgow). July 18, 2012. p. 9. 
  6. ^ Reid, Marelle (August 3, 2012). "SFU pipe band off to world championships; Burnaby-based pipers heading off to Glasgow for annual competition". Canwest News Service. 
  7. ^ Gilchrist, Jim (August 3, 2011). "Folk, Jazz, Etc : Different key for pipe treasures". The Scotsman. p. 37. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Caroline (August 8, 2009). "City braced for its biggest ever piping festival". The Herald (Glasgow). p. 9. 
  9. ^ "The pipes are calling a younger audience". The Times (London). May 19, 2010. p. 16. 
  10. ^ Gilchrist, Jim (August 14, 2010). "Review: Glasgow alive with pipers for clash of the titans". The Scotsman. p. 36.