One of the greatest shows on earth, featuring more than 1200 performers from around the world, heads to Sydney direct from its annual season on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, where it continues to boast sell-out performances entertaining more than 220,000 people each summer.
The production was officially announced yesterday (Wednesday 21 November) at the Sydney Opera House by the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, The Hon. Adam Marshall and the Minister for Veterans Affairs, The Hon. David Elliott, in the presence of Brigadier David Allfrey, MBE, the producer and Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as well as Australian Producer, Michael Cassel.
“The relationship between The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Australia runs broad and deep,” said Brigadier Allfrey. “We are linked institutionally through the Commonwealth, the Scottish Diaspora, military bonds, shared history and experiences and so many individual friendships and family connections.”
“It is a huge privilege for us to be invited to stage a Tattoo that stands to be bigger and more extraordinary than ever before. We are thrilled to bring together some of the finest pipers, drummers, military musicians and other performers to Sydney. We are very excited at the prospect and look forward to welcoming audiences from across Australia and further afield.”
The Sydney show, which is set against the backdrop of a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, will blend a thrilling mix of music, ceremony, military tradition, theatre and dance from the world’s best-massed pipes and drums. It will feature traditional Scottish favourites including pipers, fiddlers, highland dancers and precision drill teams, together with representatives from around the globe, as well as members of the Australian Defence Force.
“The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has a proud history of delivering world-class, public military events which entertain and inspire people all over the world,” said Minister Marshall. “I’m delighted the NSW Government has secured this event which is expected to attract more than 59,000 overnight visitors to Sydney and deliver an estimated $37 million in visitor expenditure.”
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place at ANZ Stadium – Sydney Olympic Park: 17 – 19 October 2019. Tickets on-sale from April 2019. Ticket waitlist now open. For more information, visit www.edinburghtattoosydney.com.au for details.