Tattoo 2015 marks RAF anniversary - tickets on sale 1 December

Tickets for the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo go on sale at 10am on Monday 1 December, with a special appearance by the Royal Air Force, and performers from across the globe offering a theme of 'East Meets West'.

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Fresh from a 16th consecutive sellout year, the 66th Tattoo will run from 7 to 29 August, and will include one of the most popular military college marching bands in the United States, the 70-piece Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes from Charleston, South Carolina. The USA will also be represented by a troup of Highland Dancers, who will join the Tattoo’s own celebrated dance teams to create incredible patterns on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Meanwhile, from the East will come over 100 musicians and an as-yet-unspecified 'cultural item' adding an unexpected new dimension to proceedings.

The Tattoo’s Producer, Brigadier David Allfrey, said:

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is privileged to be in conversation with around 30 countries at any one moment, with customers drawn from across the world and contingents from over 40 nations having performed with us over the years.  Even with this pedigree, the cast for 2015 looks rather special with 5 major international contributors in the mix.  The theme of ‘East Meets West’ has allowed us a broad canvas and an excuse to draw in friends from 5 continents as well as the home team!

In the year of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the Tattoo will welcome RAF Pipes and Drums, the RAF Squadronaires together with the Queen’s Colour Squadron for a display of piping, drumming, dance band classics and precision drill. In addition, the RAF Massed Bands, including representatives from across the air force, will join with Tattoo's Massed Pipes and Drums, adding over 120 musicians to their number.

Brigadier Allfrey continued:

We are delighted to be supported by the Royal Air Force under their Principal Director of Music, Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs.  The RAF bands have huge quality and depth, their presentation is first rate and, their music is both excellent and broad in its appeal.  Of course, in 2015, we will be marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.  This offers a splendid opportunity to showcase all the RAF have to offer.  We are all thoroughly looking forward to honouring 'The Few'

European performers are prominent too, including Switzerland's 30-strong Top Secret Drum Corps, and the Crossed Swords Pipe Band from Berlin, the first German pipe band to play at the Tattoo, returning for a second visit.

Home-based performers such as the Massed Pipes and Drums, Massed Bands, Highland Dancers and the Lone Piper will also all take part, to round out what looks another hugely impressive line-up.

Tickets for the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo go on sale on Monday 1 December at 10am, and are available as follows:

Image:  Massed Pipes and Drums (credit The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)

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