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Featuring over 1,200 performers from around the globe in an unrivalled display before a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is coming to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium in February 2016
Over 1,200 performers will make their way to Melbourne in February 2016 for a breathtaking performance that defines spectacular. With its unique blend of military ceremony, music and entertainment, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most famous events in the world, playing to around 220,000 people each year in Edinburgh and attracting an annual television audience of 100 million.
At the heart of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the stirring sight and sound of the magnificent Massed Pipes and Drums of Scotland’s famous regiments. You can’t stage The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo without Edinburgh Castle as the dramatic backdrop – even if you are on the other side of the world — and Melbourne audiences will experience an extraordinary, life-size replica of the Castle façade with performers entering the stadium by crossing the drawbridge just as they do in Edinburgh.
The grand finale draws together the entire cast of more than 1,200 for that international song of love and friendship, Auld Lang Syne. The Lone Piper, standing high on the castle ramparts, brings the event to a poignant conclusion, leaving memories that will be treasured forever.
Etihad Stadium in Melbourne is the perfect venue – a closed roof means the show is comfortable rain, hail or shine, day and night. Gather your clan, get your tickets and be ready to be thrilled and entranced by this spectacular event.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Australian show will feature some of the most popular and best in their field massed pipes and drums including some from Australia and New Zealand who have previously performed at the Edinburgh Show. This will be a brand new show specially written and produced for Melbourne.
Yes, this is the REAL Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Melbourne event is produced by Brigadier David Allfrey from Edinburgh specially for Australian audiences. David has produced the last three Tattoos in Edinburgh. This is only the fourth time the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has toured outside Edinburgh.
Yes, the show will feature bands from UK, Scotland, Sweden, Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia.
DOOR OPENING TIMES:
Friday 12 February Doors Open 5.30pm Showtime 7pm
Saturday 13 February Doors Open 11.30am Showtime 1pm
Saturday 13 February Doors Open 5.30pm Showtime 7pm
Sunday 14 February Doors Open 11.30am Showtime 1pm
Sunday 14 February Doors Open 5.30pm Showtime 7pm
The show is 100 minutes
Yes, a selection of specially designed commemorative merchandise will be available for purchase at the event both internally and externally as detailed below;
- Externally at Gates 2 (programs only), Gate 5 and Gate 7
- Internally Level 1 Gate 3 (programs only) Gate 4, Gate 5, Gate 7
- Internally Level 2 Gates 4, 6, 8 and 9
- Internally level 3 Gate 4, aisle 4 Aisle 45 (programs only) and Gate 8
Children of three years and under are admitted free of charge providing they remain seated on an adult's lap. Children of four years and over pay full price.
Yes, you can take photos of the show for personal use. If you want to take photos for professional use please email email@example.com for information.
No, under no circumstances are your permitted to record the show.
You can bring in home prepared food and drink in for personal use. No alcohol is permitted to be taken into Etihad Stadium
If you have specific requirements please phone 136 100. More info is available HERE
About the Tattoo
From its early days, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been an international favourite. Performers from over 48 countries have taken part in the Tattoo, and around 30 percent of the 220,000 audience each year are from overseas.
Each year's Tattoo is very much a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe. In addition to this, the Tattoo has been televised in more than 40 countries. An annual television audience of 100 million watches the coverage worldwide.
The international flavour of the Tattoo has been deliberately developed as a key element in its capacity to entertain a huge, cosmopolitan audience. The Tattoo's unique ability to bring together thousands of people for this annual celebration of music and entertainment continues and the public's appetite for pomp and ceremony shows no sign of diminishing.
History of the tattoo
The word ‘tattoo’ comes from the closing-time cry in the inns in the Low Countries during the 17th and 18th centuries - ‘Doe den tap toe’ (‘Turn off the taps’).
The Tattoo is set up and run for charitable purposes. Over the years, it has gifted some £8 million to service and civilian organisations.
At the last official independent count, visitors to the Tattoo contributed an estimated £77 million to the Scottish economy.
48 countries from across six continents have been represented at the Tattoo.
Around 100 million people see the Tattoo each year on international television.
Approximately 70 per cent of each audience is from outwith Scotland. Half of these are from overseas.
From 1950 to 1991, there were four producers - Lt Col George Malcolm of Poltalloch, Brigadier MacLean, Brigadier Sanderson and Lt Col Dow.
Major Michael Parker then took over as producer for the 1992, 1993 and 1994 Tattoos. He was succeeded by Brigadier Melville Jameson in 1995, who in turn was followed by Major General Euan Loudon from March 2007-2010. Brigadier David Allfrey, a former Commander of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, has been producer of the Tattoo since 2011.
The first lone piper was Pipe Major George Stoddart. He played in every performance for the first eleven years. His son, Major Gavin Stoddart, followed his father as lone piper at the Tattoo and became Director of Army Bagpipe Music for 12 years.
The first Edinburgh Tattoo took place in 1950 and there were eight items in the programme.
Hollywood movie producer Mike Todd, the fourth husband of film star Elizabeth Taylor, made a documentary programme on the Tattoo in 1950.
The first overseas regiment to participate was the Band of the Royal Netherlands Grenadiers. The year was 1952, and there were also performers from Canada and France.
The first commercial twelve inch stereo LP record of the Tattoo was released in 1961.
The event was first seen in colour on TV in 1968.
New £16 million spectator stands and hospitality facilities were put in place at the Castle Esplanade for the summer of 2011. This innovative new amphitheatre replaced the 37 year old, award winning stands which were based on the pioneering Mero system used for Germany’s 1972 Munich Olympics.
2014 marked the Tattoo’s sixteenth successive sell-out season, generating approximately £10 million in box office receipts.