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UK Armed Forces Star in Global Show

03 August 2017

Hundreds of sailors, soldiers, and airmen are set to star in the world renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Returning for a 68th season, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a thrilling display of music, dance, and military entertainment from around the world, rooted firmly in Scottish culture and history. It will take place on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle from 4-26 August 2017.

In recognition of this being the Year of the Royal Navy, and Scotland’s unique role in building UK warships, the finale will see the Esplanade transformed into an aircraft carrier flight deck, featuring a Lynx Mk III maritime aircraft, and a CGI projection onto the Castle walls of an aircraft taking off from the deck. As the audience arrives they will also walk under a life-sized model of the new F-35B fighter, with Royal Navy personnel providing a warm welcome too. 

Celebrating the theme ‘Splash of Tartan’, these Armed Forces musicians will make up a cast of 1,200 artists performing to a live audience of 220,000, and a global TV audience of more than 100 million.

Performers from 48 countries have taken part in the extravaganza with this year’s top international acts including the United States Naval Forces Europe Band and the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force Central Band. 

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo facts:

The Tattoo was first conceived in 1949 with the 1st performance in 1950

25 performances over August to a live audience of 8,800 each evening - 220,000 across the season  

HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, is the Patron of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

It has a VIP capacity of 148 each performance (3,700 including nightly salute takers)

Now into its 68th season, it has sold out for 18 years consecutively

Over 50 countries have taken part

The Show has been seen live by more than 14m people over the years

Filmed by the BBC in ‘High Definition’ for 59 and 90 minute programmes

Peak TV viewing figures of 5.3m in the UK and 100 – 300m globally

One of 11 Edinburgh Festivals delivering £280m to the City of Edinburgh and £313m to the national economy

Source: MOD