EVERY ticket for this year’s Edinburgh
Military Tattoo has been snapped up in
record time - four months before the annual
extravaganza gets under way.
The 208,848 seats for the Edinburgh
Castle Esplanade spectacular sold out by
lunchtime on Thursday, raking in around £3.9
All previous box office records for the
money-spinning event, which generates an
estimated £23m for the Capital’s economy,
have been shattered.
Organisers today warned fans against
trying to buy tickets via on-line auction
site eBay, where briefs are already being
touted at well over the cover price.
Tattoo chiefs said it was well aware
people would be trying to "cash
in" on the event in the next few
months, but added: "It is very much a
case of buyer beware." Organisers of
the sold-out T in the Park music festival
have already warned fans to be wary of
buying tickets on eBay amid fears they could
be left with fake briefs.
Last year’s record-breaking Tattoo,
which started on August 5, saw tickets
completely sold out in advance by June 15.
The 2005 sell-out, tickets for which only
went on sale on December 1 last year, is the
seventh in succession notched up by the
Tattoo, which will run from August 5-27 this
As recently as the 2003 event, tickets
were still on sale until just over a week
before the world- famous event got under
A spokesman for the Tattoo said: "I
think we’re seeing the cumulative effect
of six consecutive sell-outs, with people
realising that if they want to ensure a seat
at the Tattoo they will have to act quickly.
"Scotland has a much higher profile
in the international marketplace than it did
a few years ago thanks to the efforts of the
various tourism agencies.
"However, we do genuinely believe
that we are getting better at what we do
The only hope now for anyone desperate to
see this year’s Tattoo is either to try to
obtain last-minute returns or snap up the
half-price tickets for the August 4 dress
rehearsal, which go on sale on July 25.
The Evening News revealed last year that
this year’s Tattoo would be paying tribute
to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of
Trafalgar and feature a major celebration of
the Royal Navy.
The Tattoo will complement a major
programme of events being held across
Britain in the run-up to the anniversary on
Among the visiting acts will be the
Norwegian King’s Guard, the Russian State
Cossack Dance Ensemble and The Imps, a
motorcycle display troupe from London’s
Brigadier Melville Jamieson, the
event’s chief executive and producer,
said: "This unprecedented early
sell-out underlines the increasing
popularity of the Tattoo while demonstrating
its commercial importance to both the
Edinburgh and Scottish economy."
A spokeswoman for VisitScotland, the
national tourism agency, said:
"This year’s record sell-out shows
just how valuable the Tattoo is to the
reputation of the city as the events capital
Edinburgh’s deputy Lord Provost, Steve
Cardownie, said: "This is great news
for the Edinburgh Tattoo and the city."