THE world’s first interactive Piping Jukebox, complete with live bagpiper inside, will be taking requests from shoppers on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street.

Tourists and office workers will be treated to renditions of Lewis Capaldi’s number 1 single Someone You Loved and Piping Live! 2019 headliner Dougie MacLean’s Caledonia, before being invited to select the genre of the next song.

The jukebox will be stationed between Buchanan Street and Gordon Street from 11:30am until 1:30pm on Tuesday, giving the public a taste of what to expect from this year’s Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival.

With mock speakers and a coin slot, the jukebox will be played by Danny Hutcheson, who will be performing in the Emerging Talent slot at the Piping Live! Street Café at the National Piping Centre on August 14.

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A number of pop stars have duetted with pipers in recent years, including Tom Walker and Ed Sheeran.Other celebrity fans of the bagpipes include Sir Billy Connolly, Ewan McGregor, Sir Alex Ferguson, and the Queen.

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Piping Live! returns to Glasgow on 10 – 18 August with headliners including Dougie MacLean, Tryst, Dàimh and Lúnasa set to perform.

Now in its 16th year, Piping Live! is the biggest festival of its kind, attracting more than 40,000 music fans, families and tourists from all around the globe to watch more than 5,000 pipers perform at 150 events across the city.

This year’s programme features performances by the very best international acts from countries including New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada and Scotland, and sees the return of the fiercely-contested Masters Solo, International Quartet and Pipe Idol competitions.

In addition, there will be daily performances, family fun and the hugely popular Street Café will return to The National Piping Centre for the festival. 

Roddy MacLeod, Festival Director of Piping Live! said: From the latest chart hits, to the best known rock tunes and traditional Scottish folk, our Piping Jukebox shows the versatility of the pipes and offers a taste of what’s to come at Piping Live!

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"Our programme is just as eclectic as the Jukebox’s songbook and we welcome everyone to come and experience all the festival fun with us when it takes place between 10 – 18 August."

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Piping Live! is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, Glasgow Life, and Specsavers.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Events play a key role in our visitor economy and EventScotland is delighted to be continuing its support of Piping Live!, which attracts visitors and performers from all over the world to experience its exciting programme of performances and competitions.”

Piping Live! fans in the UK can now also support the festival by donating by SMS (from UK mobiles only). To do this, they can send BAGPIPES (chosen donation amount) to 70085 e.g. BAGPIPES 10 to 70085 to donate £10. Fans can donate up to a maximum of £20 this way.