The Belfast International Tattoo will be taking place on 1st and 2nd September 2023 at the SSE Arena Belfast. Now in its 10th year with 11 Tattoos now taken place, this international extravaganza is stepping it up once again with a headline act Band of the Royal Air Force College Band.
The Performers for the Belfast International Tattoo 2023 are RAF Music (Band of the Royal Air Force College Band), Delta Police Pipe Band, Auckland Police Pipe Band, Majesticks Drum Corps, Calgary Police Service Pipe Band, Ballygowan Pipe Band, Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band, Kellswater Flute Band and Ballywalter Flute Band.
This year we will also see a first attendance by members of The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and returning performances by the much-loved Flying Grandpas and the Belfast International Tattoo Highland Dance Team 2023.
The shows will take place on Friday 1st September at 7.30pm, Saturday 2nd September Matinee show at 2.00pm and Evening Show at 7.30pm.
“The Belfast International Tattoo is now a well-seasoned event with a dedicated audience reaching around 9,000 each year at the SSE Arena, Belfast and more through our social media channels.”
“While we are looking forward to this year immensely, work has already started on the 2024 and 2025 Tattoos and we keep moving forward and seeking to bring in new talent and develop our own here in Northern Ireland.” Said Brian Wilson, Director of the Belfast International Tattoo. “This year promises to be a great show with unique performances and acts.”
The Belfast International Tattoo has its roots firmly based in the history, music and dance traditions of the Ulster Scots people who have spread their wings around the world and have gone on to have such a major influence and direction on those countries and people they have come into contact with around the world.
The main objective of the Belfast International Tattoo was to give our local bands and talent a platform to show their ability and talent on the same stage, and in the same spotlight, as bands and talent from around the world.
We are firm believers that our local bands and talent compete easily against some of the best bands and talent Europe has to offer and we seek to demonstrate this on an international stage.
Since its inception the Tattoo has also introduced a number of military bands who had not previously played in Northern Ireland before and we continue to seek the most talented performers from around the globe, this year venturing as far as Canada and New Zealand to source our bands.