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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

If the doldrums have struck, the Tattoo provides a cure – by being quite simply a sparkling spectacle. A combination of music and dance in its finest form, the performers’ foot stamp, march, leap and twirl their way round the castle esplanade, with breath-taking panache. Rich bagpipe harmonies, booming Korean drums and movie soundtrack numbers from a New Zealand brass band make the show into both a highly Scottish affair and an international triumph. It’s an astonishing demonstration of talent, from a motorcycle display with ladders to a Mexican fiesta, and contains costumes so colourful your eyes will pop. I shivered from the cold, but I don’t regret a second. Hats off (it was windy) to them all.

Edinburgh Castle, until 24 Aug, times vary.
tw rating 5/5 | [Natasha Gartside]