The Edinburgh Tattoo
Fri 5 – Sat 27 Aug 2016, Edinburgh Castle Esplanade.
The Edinburgh Tattoo is a spectacular show held every August with the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. It is a celebration of military pageantry featuring performers, musicians, singers and dancers from Scotland and all over the world.
Most famous for the regimental massed pipes and drums and massed military bands that play the iconic music of Scotland, the Tattoo is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the culture and heritage of the country. The Scots are joined by international military performers presenting their own national music and traditions, adding to the vibrancy and excitement of the evening.
Each year the Tattoo follows a new theme. The 2016 Tattoo will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth on her 90th Birthday with the theme Tunes of Glory. Hundreds of participants from across four continents are set to play a part in this year’s show. There will be music, display, dance and singing from international military regiments and cultural troupes. Following tradition, the show will be brought to an emotional climax by the famous ‘lone piper’ playing a lament high on the ramparts of the castle. The finale will include a spectacular fireworks display (extended on certain nights) and audiences of the later shows will be treated to an extraordinary military jet fly-past.
From the loyal fans who return to the Tattoo year after year to the newcomers eager to experience the extravaganza for the first time, the Castle Esplanade is sure to be packed out every night, so book early to avoid disappointment.