Piping festival eyes Games spin off

Organisers of one of the world's biggest piping festivals are promising a "fantastic" atmosphere to carry on the momentum from the Commonwealth Games.

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About 50,000 spectators and 8,000 musicians from around the world are expected at Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival next week.

There will be more than 150 events over seven days, including performances and competitions which will take place around the city.

Musicians from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, the US and Canada are among the 26 countries taking part, as well as pipers from Scotland, France and Spain.

Festival organiser Alisdair McLaren said: "I think it's going to be a fantastic atmosphere especially straight after the Commonwealth Games. It's going to be a carry-on from that.

"Because it's bringing all these musicians in from around the world, the atmosphere is very electric."

The festival hub is at the National Piping Centre but this year there will also be an event space in Candleriggs in Glasgow's Merchant City.

Performances will take place there while there will also be a street food festival.

Piping Live! director Roddy MacLeod said: "It's important for us to bring performances into the city centre as it gives Glaswegians and visitors a taste of the festival.

"Not only does it give them a chance to see the best Highland bagpipe bands from around the world, but also piping disciplines which can take them by surprise and sound very different from the expected."

The festival runs from August 11 to 17 and culminates in the World Pipe Band Championships.

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