The Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Brightly dressed performers take part in the Edinburgh Festival Carnival on the city's Princes Street © Kenny Lam
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  • Massed pipe band in Highland dress in front of Edinburgh Castle
    The Massed Pipes and Drums are one of the highlights of every performance
  • Packed crowds on stands watch military bands performing on the Esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle
    The Tattoo is a huge hit with visitors from across the world and sells out almost every year
  • Female marching band performers with flags line up on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle
    The Tattoo attracts performers from all around the world
  • Fireworks bursting over a floodlit Edinburgh Castle
    Edinburgh Castle forms the impressive backdrop to every Tattoo performance

Staged every year as part of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a unique and memorable celebration of music, dance and military pageantry.

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the floodlit Edinburgh Castle, almost a thousand musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers perform on the cobbled Esplanade. Each year some of the most  memorable highlights are the stirring performances of the Massed Pipes and Drums and the Massed Military Bands that emerge from the huge castle gates playing the stirring battle tunes of Scotland's famed regiments.

Add to this the spectacular displays from the many overseas performers who bring music, action and colour to the event in Edinburgh and you have a winning blend that always keeps the Tattoo fresh, exciting and alive, even for the many faithful fans who return here every year.

This unforgettable spectacle is brought to an emotional and poignant close each evening as a lone piper, spotlit high on the castle ramparts, plays a haunting lament. Fireworks, a mass chorus of Auld Lang Syne from the audience and the roar of jets from a military flypast bring the curtain down on a truly memorable night's entertainment.

Called 'the most spectacular show in the world', it's enjoyed by a huge international TV audience in over 30 countries. But there's just no substitute for being there as part of the 217,000-strong audience that snap up Tattoo tickets each year for its three-week season.

Taste of the Tattoo

And if you’re still not convinced, check out one of the three exclusive Taste of the Tattoo performances at different locations across Scotland. In each special hour-long showcase  you can see some 600 performers from Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malta and the United Kingdom. Each taster starts at 12.30 and will be held:

  • Thursday 7 August in George Square, Glasgow
  • Tuesday 12 August in the Thistles Shopping Centre Precincts, Stirling
  • Tuesday 19 August in City Square, Dundee

The line-up will include audience favourites such as the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra, Highland Dancers from ‘Down Under’, Massed Military Bands, an Indian cultural troupe, and the inimitable Massed Pipes and Drums – it’s simply not to be missed!

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