Glasgow to host its own tattoo
- Rowena McIntosh
- 22 April 2016
Glasgow Tattoo will take place at the SSE Hydro in Jan 2017 and features performers from Scotland, Ulster and across Europe.
You've probably heard of a little event called the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which runs for three sell-out weeks every August. Up north the Highland Military Tattoo, performed at Fort George, returns for a third year in 2016 and now Glasgow is getting in on the Scottish tattoo action, with Glasgow Tattoo running for three dates at the SEE Hydro in Jan 2017.
Belfast Tattoo Limited are organising the event, which will showcase performers from Scotland, Ulster and across Europe. Unlike other tattoos there are no military pipe bands on the bill. The three Scottish pipe bands taking part in the Massed Pipes and Drums all compete at Grade 2; the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Pipe Band, led by Pipe Major Alistair McLaughlan and Lead Drummer James Brown; the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band, led by Pipe Major Ewan Henderson and Lead Drummer Arthur Cook; and Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band, whose Drum Major Brian Wilson MBE (current World Champion Adult Drum Major) will lead the bands.
Other bands include; flute bands Pride of Ballinran Flute Band and Black Skull Fife and Drum Band; silver bands Murley Silver Band and Dungannon Silver Band; and accordion bands Dunloy Accordion Band and Vow Accordion Band. From Europe there is Dublin's the Artane Band, Madrid's Lume de Biqueira Pipe Band and Germany's Fascinating Drums, who mix drum techniques from Germany, Scotland and Switzerland with choreographed marching in a similar vein to Basel's Top secret Drum Corps.
It wouldn't be a tattoo without some pointed toes and swirling skirts and Glasgow Tattoo has both Highland and Irish dancing with performances from The Glasgow Tattoo Highland Dance Troupe, choreographed by David Wilton, and Innova Irish Dance Troupe, who were semi-finalists in Britain’s Got Talent in 2014.
It isn't yet known what Glasgow Tattoo will use as a backdrop. Tattoos favour an impressive one, with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo setting a high standard as performers emerge across a smoky drawbridge from the ancient Edinburgh Castle.
When the tattoo visits Australia and New Zealand they expect similar effects, with a fake version of the castle erected inside the sports stadiums. Elsewhere Moscow's Kremlin Military Tattoo takes place in Red Square, with the colourful Saint Basel Cathedral behind while in Berlin a towering version of the Brandenburg Gate provides the backdrop in the vast Mercedes-Benz Arena (formerly o2 World).
Glasgow Tattoo, SSE Hydro, Thu 19-Sat 20 Jan 2017. Tickets on sale 9am, Thu 28 Apr.