Piping Live! up for three Scottish Event Awards
Piping Live!, the biggest event of the piping and drumming year, has once again been recognized by the Scottish Event Awards, gaining nominations in three categories – Best Large Event, Best Cultural Event and Best Traditional Event. Piping Live! is in good company, with other nominees including the Open Championship and the pop music industry’s MOBO Awards.
“We are delighted to be finalists for three categories in this year’s Scottish Events Awards,” said Roddy MacLeod, director of Piping Live! “It’s great news for the festival, now approaching its seventh year, and for the traditional music scene it celebrates. Fingers crossed!”
In an official release, the Scottish Event Awards described Piping Live! as an event that “attracts a diverse audience for the week-long musical party.”
The Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival made its debut in 2003, taking advantage of the influx of pipers and drummers and their family and friends visiting Glasgow for the World Pipe Band Championships. Before Piping Live!, members of non-UK bands would spend five or more days with little more to do than practice and anxiously await the competition.
The winners will be announced on September 9, 2010, at a gala at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, which has recently had a £20m refurbishment.
Last year the Haddington Pipe Band of Scotland received a 2009 Scottish Event Award for the organization of the Pipe Idol and Massed Band Parades in March and April of 2009, which resulted in an official pipe-tune composed and named for the East Lothian area.