In pictures: Countdown to Piping Live! 2016 begins

Hayley McInnes, 25, from Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band (left) and Robyn McKay, 19, from St Lawrence O'Toole Pipe Band, Dublin. Picture: SNS Group

Hayley McInnes, 25, from Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band (left) and Robyn McKay, 19, from St Lawrence O'Toole Pipe Band, Dublin. Picture: SNS Group

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Glasgow has officially begun the countdown to two of the city’s largest annual music events due to kick off next week.

Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival and the World Pipe Band Championships return to the city from 8th to 14th August and 12th and 13th August respectively.

Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival and The World Pipe Band Championships will return to Glasgow next week. Picture: SNS Group

Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival and The World Pipe Band Championships will return to Glasgow next week. Picture: SNS Group

Bands and competitors from around the world will converge on Scotland’s largest city to take part, including 100 top pipers and drummers from as far away as Australia who will form the Piping Live! Big Band.

Bands will also be taking part in events across the city, including performances on Buchanan Street and George Square.

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Pipers Robyn McKay (left) and Hayley McInnes. Picture: SNS Group

Pipers Robyn McKay (left) and Hayley McInnes. Picture: SNS Group

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