Dear Clansmen and Clanswomen,
In 2017 the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs is working with The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to provide an extra element to this world famous event.
Each year, the Tattoo looks to establish a core theme which embraces, draws strength from – and adds weight to – major national anniversaries and other initiatives.
2017 is Scotland’s ‘Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology’, and the Tattoo has chosen to support this through the theme ‘Splash of Tartan’, playing host to a stunning array of performers from all points of the compass. In a Royal Navy lead year, the Tattoo will set sail with the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to celebrate the heritage, colour and diversity of Scotland’s global family both near and far. As well as a spectacular show the audience will be invited to come dressed in their Clan, Family or group tartan or just one that they like wearing.
As part of the programme the Tattoo and the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs have joined together to involve Scottish Clans and Families. Clan Chiefs will attend the show across the August run and invite supporters to attend on their night wearing their tartan. As part of the show the Tattoo will look to bring to life the past and present story of the Scottish Clans and Families and their importance as part of Scotland’s national heritage and future identity.
If you are not familiar with the Tattoo it is the headline event of the Edinburgh Festival each August. It has a cast of 1,200 performers from all over the world. There are 25 shows running from Thursday 3rd August to Saturday 26th August (two on Saturdays, none on Sundays). There is an audience of 8,000 each night but the TV coverage has a global audience of a staggering 1 billion people.
A Splash of Tartan will be the theme for Tattoo. The organisers have discussed the Chiefs being involved as follows:
1. Chief to attend as a principal guest
2. Chief to march into performance at head of his or her clansmen (who must wear tartan).We are hoping for about 100 kilted supporters for the chiefs each night
3. Chief to take Dram with Pipe Major to open performance
4. Clan theme to be run through show in conjunction with Royal Navy theme
5. Individual clan tartans to be projected onto Edinburgh Castle
6. Tattoo to let us buy tickets before they go on sale to general public so that clansmen can attend in numbers.
7. Clans to benefit from Tattoo marketing and publicity – major digital campaign aimed at Diaspora
This will be a huge opportunity to raise the profile of the Scottish clans and families and for the chiefs and clansmen who attend to have a very special experience.
Clan MacLea have been allotted the 10.30pm performance on Saturday 19th August and 150 subsidised tickets. Soon I shall post details of how to purchase tickets online. Please note that you will have to wear tartan (preferably one of ours) to gain admittance using these tickets. Ticket prices will vary from about £29 to £300. £120 for Premier Seats in front of the Royal Gallery. Royal Gallery Hospitality packages are £300+ each. . It goes without saying that any tickets we buy must be for our own use and not to sell on.
We will be allowed to buy tickets on a sale or return basis very soon November, before they go on sale to the general public on 1st December. Please note that the organisers will want the supporters to be dispersed throughout the stadium so that there will be minimal disruption when they take their seats after the ceremonial dram.
Each clan will have their own unique login on the Tattoo website and, at the point of login, they will be advised/reminded of the performance date when their particular clan (s) will be represented. They can, however, select any performance date and purchase up to a maximum of eight tickets from the seat allocations set aside for the clans. Online bookings will be subject to a £5.00 booking fee per transaction and tickets will be sold on a no exchange or refund basis. Payment can be made by credit or debit card.
Should anyone have specific requirements which are not covered by the allocation, such as hospitality packages or Royal Gallery seats, then normal booking procedures will apply.
In the first instance, the clans and families allocation will be held until 1 March 2017 and sales will be monitored on a weekly and monthly basis. At this time, we will review the situation and, subject to sales to date and general seat availability at that time, we may propose the release of some, or all, of the remaining allocation, or indeed a top-up to the allocation if required.
The Baron of Bachuil,
Coarb of St Moluag
Chief of MacLea