Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2022: How to watch on TV, line-up, tickets, and schedule

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Members of the Massed Pipes and Drums taking part in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)
Members of the Massed Pipes and Drums taking part in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is back with this year, after a two-year absence on account of the coronavirus crisis.

The Tattoo, which was last held in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle in 2019, will see more than 900 performers wow tens of thousands of visitors over the next month.

The 2022 show includes performers from Canada, Germany and Australia, alongside other nations and homegrown talent from the UK.

On Friday, performers from across the world are set to take part in this year’s show Voices, which creators say has been inspired by people around the globe who, despite being separated, continue to connect creatively.

Tattoo Creative Director, Michael Braithwaite, said: “Through the challenges and separation of the last two years, people of every culture have used their voices to remain connected. These voices can be found in many ways – the piper through music, the dancer with movement, the poet through words and the drummer with a beat.

“Voices is our desire to make next year’s Tattoo not just a reunion, but a celebration of the connections, cultures and languages that bring us together at the unique setting of Edinburgh Castle.

“I’m hugely excited to play a part in the history and spectacle of the Tattoo, helping it return to the global stage, re-energised and invigorated for a new era.”

Here’s everything you need to know.

When is Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2022?

The Edinburgh Tattoo runs alongside the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the events running from 5-27 August 2022.

The performance starts at 9.00 pm on weekdays, with two shows on a Saturday, an earlier one at 7.30 pm followed by the extended fireworks show at 10.30 pm.

Saturday’s shows take place at 6.15 pm and 9.30 pm.

Are tickets still available and how much do they cost?

Each night, there is a capacity of 8,600, and at the time of writing, there are still tickets available.

Standard tickets prices for 2022 range from £30.00 to £95.00, plus a booking fee. Meanwhile, Premier Seats, Royal Gallery Seats and Hospitality Packages will range from £145.00 to £640.00 each plus a booking fee.

Tickets are available online, and by telephone, on +44 (0)131 225 1188, and the box office is open Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Online bookings are limited to 8 tickets per person/company. You can buy tickets here.

How can I watch the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2022?

The Edinburgh Tattoo is shown each year on TV on the BBC, and you can also watch online on the BBC live stream.

You can always have a look at the official YouTube channel for updates at Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

What are the fly-over dates for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2022?

The flyover dates and approximate times for our 2022 show are as follows:

  • 6 August 2022: 6.15 pm

  • 12 August 2022: 9.00 pm

  • 16 August 2022: 9.00 pm

  • 18 August 2022: 9.00 pm

  • 26 August 2022: 9.30 pm

What is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2022 line-up?

Over 800 performers from across the world will take part in in this year’s Tattoo, bringing with them incredible music, dance, and performance talents.

There will be cultural showcases and musical presentations by performers from Mexico, The United States, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand along with homegrown talent from the UK.

Audiences can expect to hear from the Massed Pipes and Drums, supported by the Tattoo Pipes and Drums, Tattoo Dancers, Tattoo Fiddlers, and musicians from UK Military Regiments.

The line-up for 2022 also includes: The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, British Army Band Colchester, British Army Band Sandhurst, The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland Pipes and Drums, The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland Pipes and Drums, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland Pipes and Drums, Combined Scottish Universities Officers’ Training Corps Pipes and Drum, Royal Air Force Pipes and Drums, The Crossed Swords Pipes and Drums, Brisbane Boys College Pipes and Drums, Paris Port Dover Pipes and Drums, The Pipes and Drums of Christchurch City, and Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools Choir.

The full line-up can be accessed here.

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