This August, the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle will once again welcome local and international audiences to this much-loved cultural and musical showcase.
A cast of over 800 UK and international performers will present Stories – a celebration of saga, myths and legends, transporting audiences on a journey of ideas, from the earliest campfire stories through to the world stage.
Bringing together music, dance, poetry, spoken word and imagery, performers will present Stories through a vivid and eclectic range of expression. From the musical prowess of the Massed Pipes and Drums, the physical storytelling of dance and precision drill, and stunning imagery captured through light and projection, audiences will be enthralled.
This year will host performers from Norway, The United States, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago and Switzerland, alongside homegrown acts from across the UK and Ireland. As ever, the military will play a prominent role, with the Royal Air Force the lead service. Audiences will also be treated to the wild skirl of the Massed Pipes and Drums supported by the Tattoo Dancers and Fiddlers.
Making their Tattoo debut, The United States Air Force Band will captivate with a freestyle musical performance depicting America’s great songbook, while the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra will bring a vibrant burst of colour and the excitement of their traditional art forms, including the limbo and fire dance. His Majesty the King’s Guard Band and Drill Team of Norway will also be back to wow crowds.
Precision drill from the King’s Colour Squadron will feature familiar soundscapes from the world of gaming. Exploring the legends and traditions of Switzerland, The Swiss Armed Forces Central Band will also present an exhilarating drum corps talent, which is sure to send sparks flying.
After their exuberant debut last year, Electro Pipes will return to the stage, where once again Tattoo Performers will combine the traditional and new through EDM, electric instruments, lighting, and projection.