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Tonight welcomes the opening night of the 2019 Royal Military Tattoo.
Etymology of the term “Tattoo”
With the establishment of modern barracks and full military bands later in the 18th century, the term “tattoo” was used to describe the last duty call of the day, as well as a ceremonial form of evening entertainment performed by military musicians.
In 1949 Edinburgh held its first Military Tattoo, the modest event was entitled “Something About a Soldier” a the aimed to portray the Army’s support of the International Festival.
The show was held at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens which still stands proudly below the castle.
We’d recommend visiting as a good comparison, as now, 7 decades later the show has progressed into the world-renowned showcase we know today.
In 1977 the first female took on the prestigious role of being the lone piper. Officer Elaine Marnoch took the role in her strides as she performed to the full battlements of Edinburgh Castle. Furthermore, in 2016, Scottish solider Lance Bombardier Megan Beveridge made history as the youngest piper to take on the role, aged 21.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance takes place every weekday evening and twice on Saturdays throughout August and has never been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. (Us Scots aren’t scared of a bit of ‘dreich’ or ‘baltic’ weather)
Make sure to wrap up with plenty layers to stay warm during the performance.
Fit for a Queen
In 2010 HM Queen Elizabeth awarded the event the title of ‘Royal’ to honour the celebration of 60th years running.
Which gives us the title we know it as today, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Who’s in the Audience?
The stands at Edinburgh Castle can accommodate a nightly audience of 8,800 people.
This means that throughout the multiple live performances 220,000 people can enjoy the tangible atmosphere of the live show.
In 2018 the Tattoo was televised in 40 countries. This year between 100-300 million people are set to enjoy it worldwide.
Did you know?
The Tattoo benefits several charitable causes. It has been estimated that over £10 million have been donated to arts, military and civilian charitable organisations.
Running alongside Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe the city is at its peak.
The Edinburgh August buzz is not to be missed!
Call us on 0131 556 3840 for more details.
The superb Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will be staged in Sydney in 2019 as part of a move to more overseas events as the sell out event in August continues to take advantage of increasing global demand.
The ANZ Stadium in Sydney’s Olympic Park will play host to the event between 17-19 October 2019.
The ANZ Stadium is approximately 16km from central Sydney and can be easily accessed by train (but a cruise is ideal as well!). It was the main stadium for the 2000 Olympics and since then has held many great events including Rugby Union Internationals, Rugby League Grand Final as well as a huge array of International
It is expected around 166,000 spectators will see the cast of several hundreds musicians and dancers perform against a backdrop of a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle.
Brigadier David Allfrey MBE, chief executive of the Tattoo, said (in a press release for the launch of the event) : “The relationship between The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Australia runs broad and deep.
“We’re linked institutionally through the Commonwealth, the Scottish Diaspora, military bonds, shared history and experiences and so many individual friendships and family connections.
“It is a huge privilege for us to be invited to stage a Tattoo that stands to be bigger and more extraordinary than ever before.”
If your looking at heading to Sydney some useful tips
1. Base yourself at the heart of the City where the major attractions are (Circular Quay and Darling Harbour especially). Its still easy to access the stadium.
2. Get good tickets – well worth it if you are making the effort to attend.
3. Look at other parts of NSW – make the effort to go to the Blue Mountains, further on the waterways and explore the region.
4. Do the iconic attractions – Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Visit the Opera House, Cruise the Harbour, Walk the Botanic Gardens, wander through the Rocks and feel the atmosphere around Darling Harbour!
We often get asked on the best seats as it’s always a special occasion to attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Attached are some photos of my visits in 2018 – fantastic performance and one view from Section 4 and the other from the Royal Gallery (thanks to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the invite!). The weather was awful on the Royal Gallery preview show but in Section 4 it was a lovely night.
In terms of options there are a few
Entry Level – Section 16 (or similar price range)
These are still good seats – they are next to the Castle so some of the lighting displays on the castle and some of the salutes to the Royal Gallery where the guest of honour takes the salute may be restricted.
It provides a great view of all the performers as they emerge from the Castle and are next to the choir area.
Standard Level – Section 4 (or similar price range)
Upgrade Tickets – Section 7 (or similar price range)
Sections 7-10 are the same price range but section 8&9 are often used for hospitality so not often available within packages. This really is no issue as the front on view of the Castle is spectacular from all these seats. These also provide the best entrance and exit options as close to the main entry of the esplanade.
Hospitality Tickets – Various Sections
The best of the Hospitality is in the Gatehouse or Queen Anne Room as these can include the Royal Gallery but the dining options are hosted in the historic parts of the Castle.
Whilst other options may include fantastic meals and additional tattoo performers we feel if you are going to upgrade then the Gatehouse and Queen Anne provide the best.
The Hospitality also includes Queue jump and often post Tattoo refreshments – a nice way of avoiding the whole crowd if this helps even if the seating is not front on.
I had the honour of listening to the Brigadier who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the event (and life in general), definitely worth the admission if you get to hear him speak!
Hospitality is excellent and well worth it but if above your budget please feel free to ask us and we’ll advise on plenty of pre-show restaurant options to cover all tastes.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is quite simply a phenomenal performance in a truly iconic setting.
Feel free to call us on 0131 556 3840 if you have any questions.
8.30am – 5.30pm Monday – Friday
Phone: +44 (0)131 556 3840