The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO:
Like most people, businesses and institutions, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been working hard to adapt to the unprecedented conditions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic while conforming to the contingency measures being set by our Governments. Accordingly, we have decided - for the first time in our 70-year history - to cancel all our shows set previously for the period 7 - 29 August 2020.
Brigadier David Allfrey MBE, Chief Executive, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said:
“Like most people, businesses and institutions, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been working hard to adapt to the unprecedented conditions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first instance, we have sought to comply carefully with Government advice and guidance in looking after our customers, staff, suppliers, stakeholders and all those who rely on our annual success and charity. In addition, we have been looking at how best to make a wider and constructive contribution to the national, regional, municipal and individual effort. The pandemic is impacting across the world, the Tattoo – along with other major events and festivals – will need to carefully understand and adapt to whatever is our new normal. We are keen to do this as a great many people have come to rely on our annual routines for their livelihood and their entertainment, with an associated benefit that stretches internationally and across Scottish and UK tourism. Now though, we judge it is impractical and undesirable to stage a Tattoo in anything like its normal form in August."
What makes it special?
The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution and a sellout year after year after year. Music, dance, and precision display with the Massed Pipe Band Drumming, the Massed Military Bands, cultural troupes, singers, 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 dedicated to putting on a spectacular performance each and every year with an annual audience of around 220,000. In addition, around 100 million people see the Tattoo each year on international television. No Edinburgh Tattoo performance has ever been canceled so you can rest assured that you’re in for an extraordinary night that you will never forget.