World Pipe Band Championships cancelled due to Covid-19 again

The event, which attracts hundreds of bands from around the world, was due to be held at Glasgow Green this August.

World Pipe Band Championships cancelled due to Covid-19 again GlasgowLife

The World Pipe Band Championships 2021, due to take place at Glasgow Green in August, has been cancelled for the second year due to Covid-19.

The event would normally attract around 200 bands from around the world to compete before an audience of 35,000 people and had been held in the city every year since 1986.

But last year, because of the ongoing threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic, organisers had to call the competition off.

Announcing this year’s cancellation, Glasgow Life said it hoped the championships would return in 2022.

Kevin Reilly, chairman of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “The championships is the competition where bands, pipers and drummers want to test themselves against the very best.

“It is a showcase for the best bands in the world and it is evident getting bands ready to play the toughest competition in the world and get them to Glasgow is impossible this year.

“Everyone involved is naturally disappointed but we remain hopeful we can stage the worlds as we know them in 2022.”

The World Pipe Band Championships is delivered on behalf of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association by Glasgow Life and is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s events directorate.