Published: August 31, 2010

SLOT concert down to 25 standing tickets; ScottishPower lined up for 2011 event

With only a few days left before the August 11th St. Laurence O’Toole “Evolution” show at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, there are only 25 standing-room tickets left, meaning that the event is almost certain to be sold out. The milestone will be the second straight year that all tickets have been purchased for the concert, following the 2009 sell-out of Simon Fraser University’s performance, and only the third time the 2,475-seat venue has been completely sold for the Pre-World’s show.

“For the second year in a row it looks as though the Pre-World’s concert is heading for a sell-out night with all seats now sold and only 25 of the available 100 standing tickets left,” said Dougie Orr, secretary of the Phoenix Honda-Glasgow Skye Pipe Band, the organizers of the event.

Orr also revealed that the ScottishPower Pipe Band of Glasgow will headline the 2011 Pre-World’s concert, already accepting the prestigious gig. He said that “ScottishPower will take up the challenge of following on from what is undoubtedly going to be a fabulous night in the run up to the pinnacle of the pipe band season.”

The 78th Fraser Highlanders also sold out the concert in 2003.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge of the concert,” said ScottishPower Pipe-Major Chris Armstrong.  “I want to try and put together something that I think is different to the usual pipe band concert. We are looking to create a sound unique to the band using other other instruments, such as a sting section, percussion and double bass. This is an amazing opportunity for us to showcase the talent within the band for musical arrangement and composition which I believe will help us put on a good concert.”

While the Pre-World’s Concert is not officially part of the Piping Live! festival, it is a marquee happening of the week, and was the first event to take advantage of the influx of visitors in Glasgow for the World Pipe Band Championships.

According to Piping Live!, the festival brought in £2.4-million to the local economy and is expected to garner close to £3-million this year. The 170 events over bring in more than 30,000 visitors to Glasgow, 41 per cent of whom are from outside of Scotland, with an estimated 25 per cent from Canada, 18 per cent from the United States and 11 per cent from Australia.

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