Please note that the Edinburgh Summer Festivals have been cancelled for 2020 due to the Covid-19 situation. Please visit the event websites for more information.
Hear, hear the pipes a-calling…
Brace yourself for an unforgettable spectacle! Staged every year as part of Edinburgh's world-famous summer festivals, the Edinburgh Tattoo is a unique and memorable celebration of music, dance and military pageantry. It will probably blow your socks off.
The most spectacular show in the world? We think so!
Why? For starters, it takes place against the backdrop of the floodlit Edinburgh Castle - talk about dramatic! Almost 1,000 musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers perform at the Edinburgh Tattoo on the Esplanade. Each year you can expect stirring performances of the Massed Pipes and Drums and the Massed Military Bands that emerge from the huge castle gates, playing the inspiring 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.
A rousing finish
This unforgettable event is brought to an emotional and poignant close each evening as a lone piper, spot lit 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. What a show!