Scottish Spectacular for Sydney

World’s Largest Ever Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Marches into Sydney October 17-19

The largest Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo ever staged is marching into the harbour city for three days at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park from 17 – 19 October 2019.

Set against a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the renowned Scottish spectacular will bring together over 1500 of the world’s finest pipers, drummers, military musicians and performers for an inimitable mix of music, ceremony, military tradition, theatre and Celtic folklore.

Brigadier David Allfrey, Producer and CEO of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo says: “This is the largest tattoo we have ever organised. We’re bringing 320 Pipes and Drums, 100 Highland Dancers, 13 Military Bands with 865 Military performers, 40 Scottish Fiddlers, 100 strong Australian Federation Guard and much, much more. We have searched the world to bring together as many incredibly talented performers to Sydney as we can, and of course, it wouldn’t be the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo without the Edinburgh castle, so we’re bringing that too.”

Michael Cassel, Producer and CEO, Michael Cassel Group said: “This will be a historic and exhilarating experience for all generations. There’s no other production in the world steeped in such tradition, pageantry, music and theatre. I’m incredibly excited to be presenting this international spectacular, with a taste of Australia.”

The Sydney 2019 season will feature all the hallmark elements of this world-famous military and cultural event with unique Australian and international acts added to the ranks. Traditional crowd favourite songs Auld Lang Syne and Scotland The Brave will also feature in addition to contemporary favourites.

The full line-up of events will be revealed in September 2019.

The word ‘tattoo’ is derived from a Dutch word for the signal played on a drum or bugle to summon soldiers back to their barracks at night. The term evolved in the 18th century to mean a form of evening performances given by military bands.

Dating back almost 70 years, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo was inspired by a simple show called Something About a Soldier performed in 1949 at the Ross Bandstand below Edinburgh Castle.

From a modest event in a park, the Tattoo has become a worldwide phenomenon, with a remarkable live audience of 220,000 at Edinburgh Castle each August and a global TV audience of 100 million.


ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Thursday 17 October – Saturday 19 October
(All retired service people and current Australian Defence Force personnel receive 20% off their ticket)


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