Colour me good: the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns to the Scottish capital

This article is from 2019

Colour me good: the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns to the Scottish capital


We anticipate a spectacular kaleidoscope at the Tattoo

In a season packed to the gills with sensory ravishment, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo may truly top the bill. For what else can compete with the sheer wall of sound produced by pyrotechnics, pipes and drums at full blast?

This year, the Tattoo takes inspiration from the bold and bright colours of the kaleidoscope, an invention of the Scottish physicist David Brewster. The instrument's sublime symmetries will be captured in the Tattoo's famously precise stagecraft, featuring military and cultural performers from home and abroad. As ever, the show will be narrated by the golden voice of Alasdair Hutton, and led by the Massed Pipes and Drums, Pipers Trail, Tattoo Dance Company, and Shetland fiddlers group Hjaltibonhoga.

Though the rest of the line-up has yet to be announced, the Edinburgh Castle esplanade has previously been graced by ensembles from as far-flung as Turkey, Mexico and Malawi, and with such a theme, there's every expectation that this year's spectacle will be its most colourful yet.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Castle, 2–24 Aug, Mon–Fri, 9pm, Sat, 7.15pm, 10.30pm, £33–£640.

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event draws crowds and performers from all over the world, with massed pipes and drums, military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Fri 6 Aug

£25–£90 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 7 Aug

£25–£90 / 0131 225 1188

Sun 8 Aug

£25–£90 / 0131 225 1188

…and 20 more dates until 28 Aug

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