Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2020 Will Celebrate The Royal Navy's Rich History

In 2020 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will celebrate its 70th birthday presenting ‘The Platinum Edition’

Next year, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, known by its fans as the greatest military show on earth, will celebrate 70 years of showcasing the very best musicians the British military has to offer.

The tattoo, one of the most iconic events of the Edinburgh's festival season, will be themed platinum to celebrate the United Kingdoms history as a maritime nation and the crucial role the Royal Navy plays.

After the Second World War, each capital city was asked to stage an event to boost the morale of the country and in 1950, Edinburgh staged the first military tattoo.

More than 1,000 musicians from around the forces world will perform a show like no other, an eclectic international mix of performances on the Castle Esplanade.

Speaking at the launch of ‘The Platinum Edition’ at the Ross Bandstand, the site of the first performances of the Tattoo, Chief Executive and Producer Brigadier David Allfrey MBE said:

"Platinum is the gift you give at a 70th anniversary. It's an extraordinary element. It melts at 700 degrees hotter than gold or silver.

"It's a great catalyst in chemical reactions, and so is the Tattoo.

"We specialise in bringing people together ... set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle."

LISTEN: BFBS Scotland's Jim Gellatly speaks to Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer Brigadier David Allfrey:

Of the show itself he revealed:

"We promise to bring together all the traditional elements of the Massed Pipes and Drums including our own Pipers Trail, the Massed Military Bands, the gentle music of Hjaltibonhoga, the energy and athleticism of the Tattoo Dance Company and the atmospheric and individual talent of The Lone Piper. 

"All this with a huge score, cutting edge sound technology, world-class lighting and projections and special effects."

Next year will also mark the final year for Brigadier Allfrey. After nearly ten years leading the event, he will retire in December 2020.

The 2020 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo runs from 7th to 29th August.

Tickets for the ‘The Platinum Edition’ are available from the Tattoo’s official website at or by calling 0131 225 1188. They can also be purchased in person at the Tattoo office at 1-3 Cockburn Street in Edinburgh.

Pictures: Ian Georgeson