Tattoo 2016 - now on sale!

The 2016 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo celebrates the Queen's 90th birthday with 'Tunes of Glory' and over 1200 performers from Scandinavia, the Middle East, North America, Europe and the Antipodes - and tickets are now on sale (more Tattoo info and programme/ticket links here).


After yet another sell out event in 2015 (the 17th year in a row) the Tattoo will once again deliver an awe-inspiring spectacle of the very finest in precision drill and performance from around the globe.

Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer, Brigadier David Allfrey, said:

We are hugely excited at what lies ahead.  We are developing a remarkable score with some of the finest performers in the world.  It is such a privilege.

The programme will feature appearances from the internationally acclaimed New Zealand Army Band, the all-girl Lochiel Marching Drill Team, His Majesty The King's Guard from Norway, the Imps Motorcycle Display Team, the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces Band and Drill Team, and many others.


Also present, as always, will be the traditional and unmistakable Massed Pipes and Drums and the Massed Military Bands, delivering their stirring displays of sight and sound for the thousands in the stands. Shetland fiddle players, Hjaltibonhoga, will accompany huge displays from some of the finest highland dancers in the world, and of course the famous Lone Piper will play alone from high on the Castle battlements .

Brigadier Allfrey continued:

There will be a strong heritage texture to the Show, not just celebrating our Nation’s Armed Forces and their musical pedigree but also celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th year - a brilliant combination which provides us with a perfect excuse to bring together the best of our military musicians and those of some longstanding friends and allies.
The Tattoo always delivers huge colour and pace but I sense this coming year we will hit a new height.

The 2016 Tattoo's focus will again be music, movement and pageantry. Using cutting edge technology, lighting, sound and projections the show will chart the rich history of military music, during peace and war, and from the old to the new.


The esplanade of Edinburgh Castle will reverberate to the event's 2016 theme, 'Tunes of Glory', in this internationally renowned and always popular display.

The 2016 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place from 5-27 August.

Visit our Tattoo page for more information on the Tattoo, including tickets and the 2016 programme.

Images (from top):

  • Massed Bands (credit The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)
  • Imps Display Team (credit The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)
  • Massed Pipes and Drums (credit The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)

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