The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo


Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s imposing castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most iconic events in Edinburgh's calendar. Bringing together audiences from across the globe, the Edinburgh Tattoo celebrates the skills and talents of military bands and display teams from throughout the world. There are few such moving festival moments, a fact to which any of the over 220,000 people who experience it live in any noral year can attest – not to mention the further 100 million who watch television broadcasts of the event! 

Audiences get into the spirit and stamp and cheer to the sounds of the military pipes and drums, clap to the Highland Dancers and watch in awe at some of the daredevil feats of accomplished motorcyclists or intricate marching formations. The sounds of the bands will be heard throughout the city, followed by the cheers of the audience, the roar of military jets flying over the city, and finally the glorious fireworks that colour the night sky. Tickets for the 2022 Tattoo - themed around the collective power and connection of voice - are now on sale HERE.  

What makes it special?

  • The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution and normally a sellout year after year after year, with usic, dance, precision display, and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo celebrates musicians and performers from all around the world and opens Scotland’s arms to welcome spectators from near and far to join in the fun.
  • With changing yearly themes, each Tattoo is different from the previous one. Past themes have included concepts such as Scotland’s homecoming, creativity and nature.
  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is normally dedicated to putting on a spectacular performance each year with an annual audience of around 220,000 - with an additonal c100 million watching on television around the globe
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