Full 2018 Tattoo programme revealed

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Details of the 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have been announced with Edinburgh Castle’s famous Esplanade playing host to over 1,200 performers in a celebration of the Royal Air Force and humanity's thirst for flight.

This year’s showcase, themed The Sky’s the Limit, marks the 100-year anniversary of the RAF and includes more than 300 young people as part of the celebrations of Scotland’s Year of Young People.

The programme will bring together both local and international talent for 3 weeks of thrilling performances spanning music, dance, and military performance. Projections and, for the first time, laser technology will be incorporated into each performance, sweeping audiences up into the story of how flight has gripped the imagination for so long.

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Brigadier David Allfrey, Chief Executive and Producer of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo said:

The time has finally come to reveal a magical line-up of talent set to keep the audience on the edge of their seats from start to finish. It’s an enthralling 90-minute spectacle that’s set to be one of our best shows yet with an army of young performers to the fore.
Audiences can expect to be spellbound by the sights, sounds and electric atmosphere created by our 2018 cast with incredible light and laser technology thrown in for good measure.  It is all about unleashing human potential, not just in the Show but in life generally.

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The Tattoo will feature some of the most beloved parts of the Show with the Massed Pipes and Drums, Highland DancersLone Piper and many other crowd favourites present and correct. As always though, 2018's show is a brand new production with a number of performers appearing for the very first time.

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Making their Tattoo debut this year will be the Royal Cavalry of the Sultanate of Oman’s Pipers on horseback, as well as its all-female marching band. The Central Band of the Czech Armed Forces and Ondras Military Art Ensemble will also appear for the first time, with the 113-strong group marking the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovak Independence.

In a celebration of young people and international partnership, the local Mary Erskine School choir will be joined by performers from the Edinburgh Girls’ High School in Malawi to perform throughout the main show before taking centre stage for a rendition of Amazing Grace which will close the event.

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And bringing Mariachi music and dance to Edinburgh audiences will be The Banda Monumental de Mexico, whose performance will even include their own spin on crowd favourite Despacito in collaboration with RAF brass, trumpets and horns.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), said:

In our 100th anniversary year, I’m really delighted that the Royal Air Force has the lead for this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a very special event in a very special year. Scotland has always been a vital part of that RAF story.
Throughout RAF100 and Scotland’s Year of Young People, the greatest legacy we can build is to inspire and unlock the potential of new generations, so that together, we can help shape our next century. The theme for this year’s Tattoo - The Sky’s The Limit - could not, therefore, be more appropriate.

With such an exciting line-up ready to celebrate the prescient themes of this year’s showcase, tickets are expected to sell out soon. To get yours and to find full programme information, visit the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo website.

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