This is no ordinary Tattoo Festival – The 2012 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Festival

2005 Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Taken from Wikipedia)

Tattoo. What is the first thing that comes to your mind? Most people would think it is a body decoration. However, a traditional tattoo is a performance worth travelling miles to watch. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the world’s most spectacular annual musical shows and Scotland’s best-selling performance. This year, it is back with more exciting displays and music. From August 3 to 25, the 2012 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo would be performed nightly against the majestic backdrop of the ancient Edinburgh Castle which is a short 10-minute walk from Fraser Suites Edinburgh. Part of the Edinburgh Festival in August, the 62nd extravaganza has two big themes this year: a joyous celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and the year of Creative Scotland. With these two special celebrations gracing the event, you certainly should not give this remarkable 2012 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo a miss.

History of Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The word “Tattoo” was first derived from “Doe den tap toe” (‘Turn off the taps’) during the 17th and 18th centuries. After the British Army stationed in Flanders during the War of the Austrian Succession heard the closing-time cry (“Doe den tap toe”) in the inns, they began using the term as a signal to the last duty of the day. The signal was played daily by the British regiment’s Pipes and Drums. When military bands were established in the late 18th century, Tattoo became an evening entertainment consisting of music, marching, and the performance of displays by military personnel. So in 1949, the first Tattoo in Edinburgh, entitled “Something About a Soldier”, was performed at the Ross Bandstand at Princes Street Gardens. But the first official Edinburgh Military Tattoo, with just eight performing items, actually took place at the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in 1950. The show attracted about 6000 spectators. Year after year, the capacity of the spectator stand was increased to meet the rising demand for this fabulous performance. Today, about 217,000 people watch the live performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Edinburgh Castle over a three-week season.

What to look forward

The 2012 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will be showcased by an array of nearly 1000 local and international performers that consists of hundreds of pipers, drummers, musicians, singers and dancers, as well as one of the World’s most sensational percussion groups: Switzerland’s Top Secret Drum Corps. With innovative production technologies, including high quality surround sound systems, compelling graphics, and colourful lighting, the 90-minute show with a contemporary edge is set to entertain a large cosmopolitan audience.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2007 (Taken from Wikipedia)

Every year, the music of the Massed Pipes and Drums and the Massed Military Bands, formed by the British Army and the Commonwealth nations like Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand, is always one of the traditional favourites of the show. The Royal Regiment of Scotland and a Combined Band made up of military personnel from The Royal Navy, Army, and the Royal Air Force are also among the many bands of the show. This year, the military display by the Norwegian Armed Forces -His Majesty The King’s Guard Band and Drill Team – would certainly be one of the highlights of the tattoo.

The Massed Pipes and Drums performing at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2009 (Taken from Wikipedia)

Traditionally the Edinburgh Tattoo kicks start with an extremely emotional display by the Scotland’s most impressive military soldiers and musicians, accompanying with a deep sorrowful tune by the Pipes and Drums. This is to remind everyone of the brave and inspiring soldiers who gave their lives on the battlefield. The music you would hear throughout the show is a reflection of Scotland’s glorious yet tragic past. The show reaches its finale as all the 1000 performers march out to the esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle to sing the Evening Hymn and get ready for the Last Post. Finally, the Lone Piper standing at the Castle wall would play a deep stirring lament, marking the end of the 90-mintue show. Last but not least, beautiful fireworks would then light up the dark Edinburgh sky, putting a final closure to the exciting night. Words simply cannot fully describe this stunning performance. You’ll just have be there to see for yourself.

Performance Timing:

Monday to Friday at 9.00pm
Saturday at 7.30pm and 10.30pm
No performance on Sunday

Frasers Hospitality

Fraser Suites Edinburgh

If you in town to watch the 2012 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, stay with us at Fraser Suites Edinburgh, This gleaming new Edinburgh hotel – with restaurant, gym and self catering facilities – offers comfortable short and long stay Edinburgh accommodation. Ideal for guests looking for corporate housing, business travellers, families and couples enjoying a city break in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Stay at Fraser Suites Edinburgh and you’re in the buzzing heart of Scotland’s capital, steps from the Royal Mile, Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. Hotel facilities include a city centre shuttle bus, but most top Edinburgh attractions are within easy walking distance, including the National Gallery of Scotland and Arthur’s Seat. Restaurants, bars, cafés and shops surround this fantastically located hotel in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Fraser Suites Edinburgh accommodation includes several categories of room to suit your needs. Apartments boast full self-catering facilities (perfect for extended stay), and even our Classic rooms have a fridge, microwave, crockery and cutlery. All rooms in this top Edinburgh apartment hotel offer high-speed internet, iPod docks and daily maid service. Take advantage of our fitness suite, city centre shuttle bus, self-service laundry, along with our signature restaurant, The Broadsheet Bistro where breakfast is served. The Restaurant is open for Lunch and Diner.

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Package perks includes:
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