Edinburgh Military Tattoo to mark 60th anniversary
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo has unveiled its line-up for its 60th anniversary programme of music, song, dance and drama from around the world.
The Diamond Jubilee Tattoo will see international acts join more than 1,000 performers from the Army at Edinburgh Castle esplanade from 6 to 28 August.
Bands from the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and Jordan will perform each night.
The Imps Motorcycle Display Team, aged from four to 16, will also perform.
Major General Euan Loudon, chief executive and producer of the Tattoo, said: "2010 will see one of the most colourful productions we've staged in the northern hemisphere.
"I am delighted to welcome the first Polish performers to appear at the Tattoo. Their dynamic display of music and movement will be something to behold."
Scottish regiments, including the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and the Black Watch, will take part in the traditional massed pipe band.
The combined bands will also be joined by students from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in their military tribute Here's to the Heroes.
In recognition of the anniversary, Major Gavin Stoddart, son of the first lone piper George Stoddart, will return to this symbolic role playing the final piece, Sleep Dearie Sleep, against the night sky.
Major General Loudon said: "This Tattoo will provide a profusion of variety from around the world which will, I hope, stand as a fitting testament to the traditions of Edinburgh's famous Tattoo and a celebration of its Diamond Jubilee."