The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is coming back to Australia in February 2016. This time the event will be held at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium and feature more than 1200 performers from around the world.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an iconic mix of military ceremony and pomp, music and entertainment. It is one of the most popular and most watched events in the world. Each year the Edinburgh show attracts around 220,000 people and a television audience of 100 million. The event is an annual series of Military tattoo performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams in Edinburgh, Scotland.
So, what's a military tattoo? Well, it's a military performance of music and/or display of armed forces in general. The term originates from the early 17th century Dutch phrase 'doe den tap toe', which literally translates to 'turn off the tap' – a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military forts to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their respective barracks.
This will be the fourth time the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has toured overseas. As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2000, the Tattoo visited New Zealand. It came to Australia in 2005 and again in 2010, as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.
The 2016 Melbourne event will be produced by Brigadier David Allfrey from Edinburgh. It will be a brand new show specially written and produced for the Australian audience, featuring bands from the UK, Scotland, Sweden, Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand.
The highlight of the event will be the dramatic sight and sound of the Massed Pipes and Drums of Scotland's famous regiments. The grand finale will bring together the entire cast for the legendary song of love and friendship, Auld Lang Syne, while the Lone Piper, who stands on the castle ramparts, will bring the event to a grand culmination.
To make up for the lack of the spectacular backdrop of the Edinburgh Castle, there will be a full-size replica of the Castle façade. As in Edinburgh, the performers will enter the stadium by crossing the drawbridge.
Each show will last 90 minutes and promises to enthral everyone. The event will be held at Etihad Stadium, which has a closed roof so you can be sure that the show will go on uninterrupted come rain or sun.
Dates and Time: Friday 12 February 2016 – 7pm Saturday 13 February 2016 – 1pm
Saturday 13 February 2016 – 7pm
Sunday 14 February 2016 – 1pm
Sunday 14 February 2016 – 7pm
Tickets are on sale now. Check out the seating plan here.