THE online entry system for this year’s Royal National Mod is now open, An Comunn Gaidhealach has announced.

Competitors wishing to take part in the event, taking place between October 14-22 in Perth, have until 10pm on July 15 to submit their entries.

The major musical and cultural event will return with a full suite of in-person competitions, alongside the retention of some online competitions and the launch of new categories.

It will be the first time the city of Perth has hosted the 130-year-old event celebrating Gaelic language and culture since 2004.

On the back of delivering online competitions for the previous two Royal National Mods amid the coronavirus pandemic, some online competitions will remain, including solo singing, instrumental, and choral categories for juniors and seniors.

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The online element proved popular for those wishing to take part in the event from afar, and will allow competitors to enter, record and upload their performances through the digital system. The online competitions and performances will be showcased via The Royal National Mod’s social media channels as part of the event in October.

This year will also see the addition of a new Cogadh nan Comhlan (Battle of the Bands) competition to the junior competition syllabus.

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Cogadh nan Comhlan will provide an opportunity for young people to perform live on stage, with the winning bands receiving a recording session experience with Wee Studio in Stornoway.

On top of competitions including singing, bardachd, instrumental, drama and Highland dancing, a new TikTok contest will be launched, as well as Sruth – an event aimed at encouraging more natural conversation among young people.

The senior competition syllabus will also welcome a new accompanied choirs’ competition aimed at harmony singing groups consisting of between five and 10 singers and a solo singing contest, The CalMac Competition, open to adult learners.

The senior piping events will now feature Premier/A and B grade competitions – both grades will have a pìobaireachd, and march, strathspey and reel event.

Marina MacKay, Mod officer at An Comunn Gaidhealach, said: “It is a joy to announce the entries for the Royal National Mod 2022 in Perth are now open.

“It will be a fantastic moment to welcome hundreds of competitors back to perform in person this year and we have no doubt the calibre of entries will be incredible once again.”

The full list of competitions taking place can be found in the Md syllabuses available at, and entries can be submitted online.