Published on : Thursday, July 31, 2014
Against the spectacular backdrop of Scotland’s top tourist attraction over 1,000 performers, 35 Zulu warriors, 40 fiddlers, 45 steel drummers, along with one or two surprises, are set to provide the richest of entertainment at this year’s Homecoming-themed 65th Tattoo on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.
Over 97% of tickets for the 24-performance, 3-week run on the Castle Esplanade have already been sold; 220,000 visitors are expected to be thrilled by the multinational extravaganza. The 2014 theme of ‘Our Home, Friends and Family’ conveys the notion of individual and collective journeys away from home to absorb experience and then return. Scots have travelled all over the World – over a number of centuries – in search of success and adventure and have always kept their heritage and culture close at hand.
The Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer, Brigadier David Allfrey said: “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to the ends of our inhabited earth to meet our friends and allies and am always struck by the impact that Scotland has made and the warmth with which visitors are greeted. And, nowhere is this more evident than across the countries of the Commonwealth.”
Opening this summer’s proceedings is a specially-commissioned fanfare, created to celebrate the Year of Homecoming – entitled ‘Ready to Go!’ composed by Michael McDermott – which will be performed at the start of each evening by one of the largest fanfare teams ever to be gathered for the Tattoo.