Piping Live! 2020 promises to be Piping Hot!


Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival returns from August 8-16. This year’s festival, based as ever at The National Piping Centre and venues across Glasgow city centre, will be the 17th. 

Already confirmed for 2020 is the return of the Silver Chanter invitational solo piping competition. The will be the 54th year of this iconic event and it opens the festival on Saturday, August 8. This black tie event sold out last year. 

In addition, Fred Morrison and Paddy Keenan are confirmed for the International Concert at Drygate on Monday, August 10. 

The popular International Quartet Competition, the Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial contest and the Friday Night Folk will all feature once more.  

Jack Lee, winner of last year’s Silver Chanter. Photo: Derek Maxwell.

It is hoped to extend the Street Cafè’s layout so that there is an even bigger space for audiences in the marquee.

A spokesman for The National Piping Centre said: “The team has an outline for the Learn@Live! workshop series already in process too, and we’ll have further details in due course. Last year’s inaugural workshops series at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland really was a memorable two days with some of the world’s best pipers and drummers. 

“There will also be pipe bands on Buchanan Street once again, so if your pipe band is coming to Glasgow for the World Pipe Band Championships and would like to be part of Piping Live! 2020, this is your chance! Please email marketing@thepipingcentre.co.uk for more information about our pipe band performances on Glasgow’s busiest shopping street.” 

Stuart Liddell playing in the Street Cafè marquee last year.

The full programme of events will be launched in May. In the meantime, organisers advise registering at the event website to receive updates. Updates can also be seen on the event Facebook page.

According to official figures, last year’s festival generated over £2million (approximately US$2.67million for the city of Glasgow’s local economy.