When Is The Edinburgh Tattoo: It is a yearly series of military tattoos performed by members of the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and foreign military bands, and artistic performance teams on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. The event is held in August as part of the Edinburgh Festivals. It is free to attend.
As former Edinburgh Lord Provost George Grubb put it, the Tattoo is the “ultimate crowd-pleaser.” Each year, tickets for its Summer performances sell out months in advance, with throngs of people arriving in Edinburgh by bus and coach each night during the Festival.
Edinburgh Tattoo built a new grand stand for £16 million pounds in 2011 to accommodate the growing crowds. A total of 8,700 seats are available in the new grand stand, which provides a third more room per seat than the previous grand stand, which has been in use since 1972.
The Tattoo would have celebrated its seventieth anniversary in the year 2020. The event, called “The Platinum Edition,” will commemorate the Tattoo’s “enduring capacity to connect the Armed Forces with society and bring people together to appreciate the cultures and traditions of allies and friends,” according to the official description.
It was intended to honour the great maritime history of the Royal Navy and to tie in with Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, which was being celebrated in 2015. The Royal Navy, which is regarded as the Senior Service due to the fact that it is the oldest of the British Armed Forces, is in command for the year 2020.
Even after a year, the circumstances were still not favourable for a large-scale event of this magnitude, despite the fact that limitations had been substantially relaxed.
“Despite the general sense of optimism surrounding the United Kingdom’s recovery from the Pandemic and our tremendous enthusiasm to stage a performance this year, it has become clear that the financial risks associated with delivering The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on a large scale on the Castle Esplanade in August are simply too great,” the Tattoo said in a statement.
The Royal Military Tattoo Festival, which is internationally renowned and features performers from more than 48 countries, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Edinburgh each year from all over the world for this annual celebration of music and entertainment, which is held in the Scottish capital. Every year, approximately 200,000 people attend the event, with screenings broadcast to an additional 100 million people across the globe through television.
Throughout the August Festivals, the Tattoo will be performed every weekday evening and twice on Saturdays. Each year, a new topic is introduced; for example, in 2018, Scotland commemorated the Year of Young People and the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force with the theme “The Sky’s the Limit,” which explored humankind’s greatest achievements. In 2019, the theme “Splash of Tartan” was used to commemorate the history, tradition, and colour of Scotland’s worldwide family, which included people from all over the world. 2020 was designated as “The Platinum Edition,” and we anticipate that this designation will be carried over to 2022.
A 100-minute programme, the Tattoo celebrates the history, heritage, and colour of Scotland’s worldwide family, as well as the history, heritage, and colour of Scotland itself. While the Tattoo’s 1000 or so performers include military bands and performers from all over the world, including the Piper’s Trail, the Tattoo Dance Company, and the Shetland fiddlers Hjaltibonhoga, it also features a significant home contingent, including the Tattoo’s own “house band,” the Piper’s Trail, the Tattoo Dance Company, and the Shetland fiddlers Hjaltibonhoga.
The stirring assembly of the Massed Pipes and Drums, which includes members of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, is an important component of the evening’s festivities. The huge booms and fireworks display of the event reverberate across Edinburgh each night, especially on Saturdays, when the Tattoo puts on a longer fireworks display for the crowds.