Tickets go on sale for The Glasgow Tattoo as it announces it's now an annual event
- Rowena McIntosh
- 23 February 2017
Bands and dancers return to the Hydro in February 2018 for the second addition of the Glasgow Tattoo
The first Glasgow Tattoo took place in January, with more than 600 musicians, dancers and performers from across Scotland and Europe playing to over 120,000 people inside the Hydro. The event has since announced that it will happen annually, with 2018's Glasgow Tattoo taking place on Fri 9 Feb and Sat 10 Feb 2018.
Several acts headed for Glasgow in 2018 have already been announced, including Adest Musica, a drum and showband from Sassenheim in the Netherlands. The group began life as a harmony orchestra, before adding a drum and rhythm section. Today the drums are accompanied by copper instruments including trumpets, trombones, euphoniums and sousaphones. Also from the Netherlands is the The Band Of Liberation Army Band, formed for a one-off performance at the International Rhine Tattoo in 2000 to celebrate 55 years of freedom for the Netherlands. Specially selected musicians, a number of whom were former soldiers, wore allied uniforms from World War II and performed music from the same period. Seventeen years later the band is still going strong and the repertoire has been expanded to include the songs of Glenn Miller and Vera Lynn, all in the style of the period around World War II.
Travelling to the Glasgow Tattoo from Italy are Storici Sbandieratori delle Contrade di Cori, an ensemble founded in 1976 by a group of young men who wanted to reintroduce the medieval waving of the flag. At least someone had the guts. Made up of the herald, trumpeters, drummers and flag wavers the group has popularised the age-old tradition of ancient 'Cora'.
Returning to the tattoo are the Glasgow Tattoo Highland Dance Troupe, choreographed by David Wilton. Born in Canada, David started Highland dancing aged five and has since won a staggering 192 championships, including seven World Championship titles. No tattoo is complete without the Massed Pipes and Drums. Bands for the 2018 addition are yet to be announced but the inaugural event featured grade two bands Glasgow City Pipe Band and Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band, as well as Strathendrick Pipe Band and the National Youth Pipe Band.
Glasgow Tattoo, SSE Hydro, Fri 9 & Sat 10 Feb 2018. Tickets on sale 9am, Fri 24 Feb.