Edinburgh Tattoos back with a bang as it returns after Covid cancellation

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is back with a bang as it welcomes fans for the first time in three years.

The Tattoo, which was last held on the grounds of Edinburgh Castle in 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the event, will see more than 900 artists see thousands of visitors next month.

The show’s new creative director, Michael Braithwaite, said he can’t wait to see what viewers think of it, as more than 8,000 eager tattoo fans turned out to Castle Esplanade on Thursday’s preview night.

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Swiss Top Secret Drum Corps during work rehearsal for this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Radford Barracks, Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

“This is where it really comes alive, the audience is half the performance. The rehearsal looked great but having an audience is going to take it to a whole new level,” he said.

“We’ve got some new contemporary slots in the show, we’re doing some interesting new things with Scottish dance and even with the bagpipes, I don’t want to give too much away, but we’ve got a few surprises up our sleeve.

“But also what people really expect, massive pipes and drums coming across the drawbridge, military bands, precision drills, it’s a jam-packed event this year.

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Members of the massive pipe and drums attending the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle (Jane Barlow/PA)

“The mystery is hitting many bases. We know what the crowd is expecting, but they also expect to be surprised and delighted, so we are pretty confident we got it right based on the initial response.”

On Friday, artists from around the world are set to take part in this year’s show Voice, which creators say is inspired by people around the world who, despite being different, through spoken word, song, music Keep adding and sharing your voice creatively. and dance.

The 2022 show features artists from Canada, Germany and Australia, among other countries, as well as domestic talent from the UK.

The New Zealand Army Band will make its seventh appearance at the show, and Mexico’s Banda Monument will rock the stage with more than 100 performers in theatrical costume and the country’s bright carnival atmosphere.

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The Princess Royal during working rehearsals for this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Jane Barlow/PA)

Swiss sensation The Top Secret Drum Corps are also part of the 90-minute show, with their energetically precise drumming, which has gained global recognition since first appearing in Tattoo in 2003, while the United States Army Field Band performed their shows. Started by bringing military mash. -Up of traditional and contemporary hits.

Buster Howes, chief executive of Tattoo, said: “The talent on display during rehearsals blew me away and I’m sure the audience will be able to feel the electric atmosphere on the Esplanade tonight.”

The show, which runs until August 27, opens with original composition and vocals from The Highland Day and ends with a bang as fireworks light the skyline over the 3,000-year-old fort.

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Members of the Banda Monument de México rehearse Thursday (Jane Barlow/PA)

On Thursday, the Princess Royal told participants she was “extremely grateful” to those who “rised up to the challenge” of performing at the annual event.

Speaking to bands, dancers and singers from “the four corners of the world”, Anne said: “It’s a great shame that we haven’t been able to do this for the past few years.

“I hope you all know what makes so many people happy and what good it brings.

“Above all, I hope you enjoyed being a part of it, and from my point of view, thank you very much for taking the time to do this for me.”