Tattoo heads back down under in 2016

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has announced exciting plans to perform in Australia and New Zealand in February 2016.

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Melbourne's Etihad Stadium will host over 1200 performers in 3 performances between 12-13 February 2016. A few days later, Westpac Stadium, Wellington will play host to the world-famous show, from 18-21 February 2016.

Launching the Melbourne season, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle said:

If there is one world event that we do not have currently that I would like to attract, it is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and I am pleased to today announce that it is coming to Melbourne.

The Melbourne shows will feature a full size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the Massed Pipes and Drums of Scotland’s famous Regiments and performers from around the world, in one of the biggest entertainment events ever staged at the Etihad Stadium.

Tattoo Chief Executive & Producer Brigadier David Allfrey said:

In over six and a half decades our unique event has been presented abroad on only three occasions.  So we are delighted to be returning this time to Melbourne with a brand new show with the best bands and performers from around the world.  To play in Melbourne is an extraordinary privilege and we are delighted to be an exciting new addition to the 2016 calendar.  This will be an event Melbourne will remember for a lifetime.

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Regarding the New Zealand shows, Brigadier Allfrey continued:

We are exhilarated at the prospect of bringing The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to Wellington.  By any standards, to play the Westpac Stadium is an extraordinary venture and we are very much looking forward to all it entails.

The show, presented by the New Zealand Festival, will also feature the Edinburgh Castle replica as a backdrop to traditional Scottish favourites including the UK’s best precision drill teams, pipers, fiddlers and highland dancers, plus numerous performances from both military and civilian cultural groups from beyond Britain.  The 2016 Tattoo will also commemorate the spirit of the ANZACs.

New Zealand Festival Executive Chair, Kerry Prendergast said:

There really is nothing else on earth like the Tattoo. Each year, when performed in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle it sells out, with 220,000 people getting the chance to see it live every year. A further 100 million people watch on TV. It’s one of those once in a lifetime cultural experiences that stays with people long after they see it.

Images: 
Massed Pipes and Drums (credit The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)
Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle with Brigadier David Allfrey (credit The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)

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