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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, part of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival, returns to Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade this August. Look forward to lively performances from the Massed Pipes and Drums and the Massed Military Bands. Highlights this year include performances from the Brazilian Marine Corps Martial Band and Bavaria’s German Mountain Army Band.

Watch various bands perform at the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo

The word ‘Tattoo’ comes from the last order and closing time shouts in Dutch – ‘Doe den tap toe’ which literally translates to mean ‘close or turn off the tap’.  A signal was sounded on a drum which told soldiers to return to the Barracks. The English Army first encountered the phrase while fighting in Belgium and the Netherlands in the 17th century.

Grab your ticket and join the 217,000 others who, over three weeks, will see 1,000 musicians and performers from over 40 countries taking part in this year’s military Tattoo.

The Edinburgh Tattoo has been an annual event since 1950, when there were just 8 items on the programme. Every year since then, it has taken place without fail at the same location - Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade. Since 1950, over 100 million people have experienced the Tattoo in person, with another 100 million people watching it through International Television channels each year.

When all is said and done, it’s time some for the extravagant finale. After the National Anthem has been played, the audience will break into a chorus of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. A lone Piper will then play a tune while fireworks light the sky and jets roar by in a brilliant military fly past. A spectacular end to a spectacular night!

Location: Edinburgh Castle

Date: 2nd - 24th August 2013

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