World Pipe Band Championships
The World Pipe Band Championships returns once more in all its traditional tartan glory to Glasgow Green. Taking place annually in August, "The Worlds" as it is best known, sees over 200 piping bands from more than 11 countries strike up their iconic pipes, don the drum and march in military precision to crowds of tens of thousands admiring spectators.
A real highlight for both visitors and Glasgow locals, the World Pipe Band Championship is a weekend full of exciting competition, prestigious titles, skilful highland dancing and awe-inspiring highland games.
The title of World Pipe Band Champion has been hotly contested since 1930. Even after years of practice, preparations and dedicated rehearsals, each band will have to be on top of their game across the two magical days of competition.
In order to achieve the coveted title, Grade One bands must take part in two events; The Strathspey and Reel and the Medley. The Strathspey and Reel or "set" consists of a precise march while performing 3 pre-arranged tunes. For the Medley, a short selection of carefully self-arranged tunes are performed and then judged upon a strict set of criteria.
The Worlds is a real sight and of course sound to behold, come join Holiday Inn Express Glasgow as we spend a perfect weekend in Glasgow.
Piping Live! Festival
The Worlds will coincide with the annual Piping Live! The week-long programme of concerts, performances, and workshops takes place a various venues around Glasgow.
St Enoch Square is the primary spot to savour the fantastic Piping Live! festivities. Complete with a new performance tent, some of the best folk musicians and pipers from across the globe will serenade the streets of Glasgow with daily performances.
Great value hotel for The Worlds
Our hotel is only a 5 minute walk from Glasgow Green, the setting for the remarkable World Pipe Band Championship. For a comfortable and convenient hotel that is very convenient for this fantastic weekend of Scottish culture, Holiday Inn Express Glasgow is a great choice. Get a lovely, comfortable night's rest and an inclusive breakfast when you awake when you're in town for the musical highlight of the year.