Piping Live! Festival Headliners Revealed

The headliners for this year's Piping Live! festival have been unveiled.

Organisers of the event, Glasgow's international piping festival, are promising some of the "hottest names in traditional music'' will take to the stage for the week-long musical extravaganza in August.

They include RURA, Anxo Lorenzo, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Band performances will take place in the city's George Square and on the steps of the Royal Concert Hall. The annual Pipe Idol competition will also be held, while a market will return to George Square, offering food and drink from around the country.

Festival director Roddy MacLeod said: "Bagpipes strike an emotional chord with people all over the world. There's no other instrument that can make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck quite like the pipes.

"This year's line-up is all about celebrating the rich history and international diversity of the bagpipes while heralding the future with some of the most exciting new players in the traditional music scene.''

Now in its 13th year, Piping Live! attracts 40,000 people from around the world each year to watch more than 5,000 international pipers perform at 150 events across Glasgow.

Joe Aitken, of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: "As the festival enters its 13th year, its continuing popularity reflects the quality and diversity of the programme while reinforcing Glasgow's reputation as a world-class major events destination.''

Piping Live! will take place from August 8-14, with tickets going on sale this Saturday.


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