The SSE Arena, Belfast
Thursday 31st August, Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September @ 7.30pm
Tickets Available From:
The Belfast Tattoo Ticket Office Tel: 028 90 319 319 www.belfasttatttoo.com
Ticket Prices: Thursday 31st August & Friday 1st September £45.00/£40.00/£35.00
Saturday 2nd September£50.00/£45.00/£40.00/£35.00
** Group Discounts Available **
THE BELFAST TATTOO IS SUPPORTED BY TOURISM NI
BROADCAST PARTNER THE 2017 BELFAST TATTOO IS BBC NORTHERN IRELAND
The final line-up for The 2017 Belfast Tattoo is now confirmed and the Headline Performers will be The Band Of The Royal Air Force College, under the direction of Squadron Leader Richard Murray, who said today, “I am delighted to be returning to Belfast, and really looking forward to performing to a home crowd. Book your tickets now – it’s going to be a great show!”
They will be joined by The Queen’s Colour Squadron, 63 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, who will make their debut appearance in Northern Ireland at The 2017 Belfast Tattoo
The Belfast Tattoo is now firmly established as an annual event for the City, and we are delighted that we are continually drawing people from outside the City to attend the spectacle of this amazing production, and that our overseas visitors are growing year on year.
The 2016 Belfast Tattoo had a truly international feel, and we were joined by audience members who had travelled from United Kingdom, Republic Of Ireland, Germany, USA, Denmark, New Zealand, Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Spain, France and Canada to attend The Belfast Tattoo.
Colin Wasson, Producer – The Belfast Tattoo said: “The 2016 Belfast Tattoo was, without doubt, the biggest and most memorable show we have presented to date.
The 2017 Belfast Tattoo sees the start of the RAF Centenary Celebrations in the UK.
The Belfast Tattoo is very proud to be at the forefront of these celebrations, not only welcoming the RAF College Band, the longest established band within the RAF Family, but also for the first time ever, The Queens Colour Squadron – the premier marching display team amongst all the Services.
The Belfast Tattoo grows from strength to strength each year, and this can only be achieved with your support.
We are particularly delighted that The Imps Motorcycle Display Team will be performing in Belfast in 2017. They performed to sell-out crowds at The 2016 Edinburgh Tattoo, and their display is sure to wow the audiences in Belfast!
will also be joined by The Winnipeg Police Band, who have over 900 years of history.
Returning to perform in The 2017 Belfast Tattoo are Lume De Biqueira Bagpipe Band from Madrid, who first performed here in 2014, and have recently performed at The 2017 Glasgow Tattoo.
We will once again stage performances from the best of our local talent, including the Coleraine Fife and Drum Band, Aughintober Pipe Band, Kellswater Flute Band, and welcome the return of Cahard Flute Band and Manorcunningham Pipe Band
We look forward now to The 2017 Belfast Tattoo which will be bigger and better than 2016.”
THE 2017 BELFAST TATTOO PERFORMERS:
– The Band Of The Royal Air Force College
– The Queens Colour Squadron Of The Royal Air Force – 63 Squadron
– Crescendo Bicycle Band (The Netherlands)
– Fascinating Drums (Germany)
– Lume De Biqueira (Spain)
– Fanfara Magenta (Italy)
– The Imps Motorcycle Display Team (UK)
– The Winnipeg Police Pipe Band (Canada)
– Raffrey Pipe Band
– Manorcunningham Pipe Band
– Cahard Flute Band
– Kellswater Flute Band
– Coleraine Fife & Drum Band
– The Belfast Tattoo Highland Dance Troupe
– The Choir Of Belfast High School
THE BAND OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE COLLEGE
Since its formation in 1920, The Band of the Royal Air Force College is arguably the Band which is most steeped in musical history and tradition.
Based at The RAF College Cranwell, Lincolnshire since its formation, the Band continues to perform at a diverse range of venues and engagements across the UK and in countries worldwide.
On parade, the Band has performed at the world-renowned Edinburgh Tattoo, ‘Changing the Guard’ at Buckingham Palace and was the first RAF Band to change the guard at Edinburgh Castle in July 2014. Battle of Britain Sunset Ceremonies, Marching Displays, Freedom Parades and displays at Air and County shows also form a major part of the Band’s itinerary. A highlight was playing a pivotal role in the 70th Anniversary celebration of the Dambusters Raid at RAF Scampton in May 2013, which was featured live on BBC television.
The Band enjoys performing at concerts throughout the year, many in support of charities such as the RAF Benevolent Fund and Royal Air Force Association. A highlight for many musicians is the Annual RAF Charitable Trust concert series, performing in many of the country’s major concert halls. In 2011, the Band featured with Brian May and Kerry Ellis in the prestigious outdoor concert ‘Anthems in the Park’ at RAF College Cranwell, followed in 2013 with joint performances with ‘Jonathon and Charlotte’ of Britain’s Got Talent fame.
The Band completed the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Band has enjoyed an exciting and varied 2016, starting with a tour of Australia and New Zealand, where the Band performed as part of the ‘Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Down Under’. Following that, all the RAF Bands took part in the Sims Cup Drill Competition for the first time since 1998, which was held in front of the RAF College. Other highlights included recording the CD for the 2016 RAF In Concert Tour and performing live on Facebook at the prestigious Symphony Hall, Birmingham, reaching over 52,000 people.
As serving members of the RAF, College Band personnel are also required to support various operations worldwide. Our personnel have served in Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Cyprus and The Falkland Islands. Our roles have included aircraft guarding, ambulance driving, convoy commanding to passenger handling.
THE QUEENS COLOUR SQUADRON OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE – 63 SQUADRON
The Royal Air Force has had a ceremonial drill unit based at Royal Air Force Uxbridge in Middlesex since the early 1920s. Through its doors, under the assumed name John Hume-Ross, passed T E Lawrence famous for his World War 1 exploits as Lawrence of Arabia. On the 1st of November 1960, the Royal Air Force Drill Unit, as it was then known, was re-named The Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force and since then has been manned exclusively by the officers and airmen of the Royal Air Force Regiment.
The Sovereign, in recognition of the achievements of the Royal Air Force, has awarded it the Queen’s Colour. The Queen’s Colour Squadron is the custodian of The Queen’s Colour for the Royal Air Force in the UK and has the honour of providing the Escort Squadron whenever the Colour is paraded.
The Queen’s Colour Squadron is responsible for representing the Royal Air Force at most ceremonial occasions. It also provides Guards of Honour for the Royal Family, visiting Royalty and foreign Heads of State, often in unusual locations.
The Squadron also mounts The Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace, St James’ Palace, The Tower of London and Windsor Castle. The Royal Air Force Regiment’s tradition for the Royal Palace Guards began in 1943, with its first mount uniquely being viewed by King George and Queen Elizabeth, later The Queen Mother.
The Queen’s Colour Squadron is probably better known for its unique and world-renowned Continuity Drill Displays. These displays have excited and thrilled audiences throughout the world and the Squadron has performed displays in numerous foreign venues including Berlin, Poland, Holland, the United States of America, Canada and Australia.
Each drill display is performed without words of command and the Gunners are required to memorise up to 400 separate drill movements. This takes hours of hard work by all members of the team and represents perfection in drill. The Squadron is the only unit in the world to perform such displays using the standard infantry rifle and drill movements are taken directly from the official Royal Air Force Drill Manual. In fact, the Squadron appears in the Guinness Book of Records having completed over 2,700,000 foot and rifle drill movements in 23 hours and 55 minutes. This still stands as a record that, unsurprisingly, has not been challenged.
63 Squadron are currently engaged on operations in Afghanistan, which once again shows the versatility of the Squadron to undertake its Ceremonial role and also conduct operations as a Royal Air Force Regiment Force Element.
After completing a 4 week intensive drill course the Gunners can expect to serve on the Squadron for a period of up to 3 years, before returning to serve within the wider Royal Air Force or Royal Air Force Regiment.
The Squadron remains unique as a dual role squadron undertaking both ceremonial and field squadron commitments. The men, who represent the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force Regiment impeccably at all times, can be justifiably proud of their elite unit, The Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force.
– CRESCENDO BICYCLE BAND (The Netherlands)
The Bicycle Showband Crescendo is not only something special in The Netherlands, but also abroad. Since 1973 Crescendo performs its act on bicycles, whilst playing their instruments – all of this accompanied with authentic and well known music.
– FASCINATING DRUMS (Germany)
The Group, now in its tenth year, hail from Germany and have quickly gathered a reputation for their spectacular show throughout Europe and beyond, and recently made their UK debut appearance at The 2017 Glasgow Tattoo
Their show uses drum techniques from Germany, Scotland and Switzerland along with marching choreography and visual effects from the American Drum Corps movement.
Using unique lighting, pyrotechnics and acrobatics, this show will leave the audience breathless in their appreciation of drumming.
– LUME DE BIQUEIRA (Spain)
Lume De Biqueria first performed at The 2014 Belfast Tattoo, and recently took part in The 2017 Glasgow Tattoo. Initially, they were a small group of bagpipers and percussionists, who set the foundations of what has today become one of the most solid performing bands and schools in Spain. They have performed with The Chieftains, and several TV appearances including a tribute to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. Throughout their career they have participated in the prestigious National League Galician Bagpipes Competition and year after year they have claimed the title, ‘Champion Of The League’.
– FANFARA MAGENTA (Italy)
The Fanfare dei Bersaglieri of Magenta was founded in 1984 by a group of soldiers on leave and over the years, thanks also to the continuous renewal of the group with new young musicians, has become one of the most important and best known Fanfare of Italy, achieving sensational successes on national and international scale.
Since 2015 the Fanfare of Magenta is led by the new Capofanfara (head of the Fanfara), Bersagliere Fabio Borroni, who belonged to the military Fanfara of the 1st Regiment, heir of the 1st Company established in 1836.
Besides the different activities for military and civil events at home, including those in Milan, Turin, Rome Caserta and Modena, at the famous military bands Tattoos in Germany, France, Hungary up to New York, on the occasion of the Columbus Day parade.
The Fanfare of Bersaglieri is composed only of wind instruments, and their special uniqueness is that all musicians play whilst running.
The Fanfare of Bersaglieri symbol of joyfulness and quickness is the only example in the world of ‘running’ military music.
– THE IMPS MOTORCYCLE DISPLAY TEAM
The ‘IMPS’ is dedicated to educating children through, though not exclusively, their leisure time activities, this is delivered by a disciplined, dynamic and challenging programme of activities with a world-famous motorcycle display team at its heart. They have performed around the world for over 40 years, to millions of people, and are making their debut in Northern Ireland at The 2017 Belfast Tattoo.
From the sound of revving engines to the awe of a billowing fire jump and the suspense of a multiple motorcycle combination ‘cross-over’ routine, The Imps will have you mesmerised by an unmissable display of discipline and skill. Furthermore, you will be stunned to learn that the youngest performer is only five years old!
The Imps Motorcycle Display Team, noted for its impeccable smart red tunics and highly disciplined spectacular show originated in the 1970’s from The Hackney Adventure Holiday Project – a charity founded by Roy Pratt MBE that provided holidays in the country for under privileged young people. Some of the children found a dysfunctional old ‘motorbike’ – one thing led to another and a motorcycle display team, uniquely comprising young people aged six to sixteen, emerged.
Regular appearances on prime time television and displays at major events, such as The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, have secured a reputation for excellence. Extraordinary discipline and incredible teamwork enable The Imps to deliver shows comprising complex ‘cross-overs’ requiring split second timing, breathtaking fire jumps and visually stunning pyramids of red tunics – all served up with a dash of humour and aided by the spell-binding mini Imp mascots.
- THE MASSED PIPES & DRUMS Featuring:
THE WINNIPEG POLICE PIPE BAND
The Winnipeg Police Band, have 900 years of history under their belt, and the Band has been a focal point for the City of Winnipeg and beyond. Many years of experience allows the Band to produce a magnificent sound. The Band wears The Royal Stewart Tartan. The Winnipeg Police Band travels all over the world and have entertained audiences in Las Vegas, Scotland and Afghanistan, and we look forward to welcoming them to Belfast.
RAFFREY PIPE BAND
Raffrey Pipe Band currently compete in Grade 3a. The band have gone from Grade 4b in 2005, and have progressed through the grades. The band continues to make progress under the leadership of Pipe Major Francis Strain and Drum Sergeant, Ian Cherry.
MANORCUNNINGHAM PIPE BAND
The Band was formed in 1935 and are based in East Donegal. With the outbreak of WW2, the band ceased to exist, but was revived in 1945 with some former members plus new recruits. The band started competing in 2003 at Grade 4B and have worked their way through the grades, are now competing at Grade 2. Titles include Ulster Champions, Cowal Games Champions, County Fermanagh Champions, All-Ireland Champions, County Antrim Champions, County Down Champions, and Champion Of Champions
– THE MASSED FLUTE BAND Featuring:
CAHARD FLUTE BAND
In 1987 Cahard Flute Band was the first flute band to win an Irish Championship under the direction of a female conductor.
The Band is part of community life in the Saintfield area and beyond, where it plays regularly at concerts, church services, parades and more.
Playing at the Balfast Tattoo is not the first time that Cahard Flute Band has formed part of a massed flute band. In 1992, as part of its centenary celebrations, the Band invited players from other bands to form a massed band. This band, consisting of 130 flute players and 15 percussionists, created a memorable spectacle as it paraded through the village of Saintfield.
KELLSWATER FLUTE BAND
The Kellswater Flute Band was founded in 1947, four miles south of Ballymena, and take their name from the Kellswater River.
Highlights of the Band’s history included taking part in The Lord Mayor’s Show in London in 2011.
In 2012 the band featured on BBC TV’s Ulster Scots programme, Santer, and in 2013 they performed on the island of Crete.
COLERAINE FIFE & DRUM
Coleraine Fife & Drum were formed in 1919, and were an amalgamation of two bands in Coleraine at that times, The Ramparts Band and Killeen Band.
The bands have only had 4 conductors over the years, Jim Baxter, Sammy Kane, Winston Robinson and are now conducted by their first female conductor, Jayne Glass.
With just under 50 members, Coleraine Fife and Drum attend many different engagements in their yearly calendar.
Down through the years Coleraine Fife and Drum have entertained the public at concerts and on parade. The band also competes at contests at Intermediate Grade. In contesting, Coleraine Fife and Drum have sampled success gaining second places and percussion prizes.
A highlight for the band, along with friends and family, was a trip to Toronto in 1984, when the band paraded with The Derry Flute Band Of Toroto
– THE BELFAST TATTOO HIGHLAND DANCE TROUPE
Choreographer Ms Laura Tweedie
The Belfast Highland Dance Troupe will be led by Laura Tweedie and her dance school ‘Clan Davidson’. They have been dancing for 13 years and have performed in DisneyLand Paris as part of the entertainment for the mass audiences. They have won awards for costumes and have had several choreographed dances showcased as part of the ‘Take us to the Magic’ web site.
Clan Davidson has taken part in the Oban Highland and Islands festival and Laura is the dance co-ordinator for Dalriada Festival, the Titanic Town Festival and regularly organises competitions to encourage our local talent to give their best.
Her dancers took part in a festival in Republic of Ireland in the presence of Mary McAleese when she hosted a multi cultural celebration of 12th of July. The dancers also took part in championship competitions in Canada, Paris, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland with several being placed highly. They have had several TV appearances and theatre productions for Tern TV most recently their theatre production of ‘The Tempest’ in the Titanic Quarter.
– THE CHOIR OF BELFAST HIGH SCHOOL
Conductor Mr Stephen Cairns
Under the guidance of Mr Stephen Cairns, Head of Music at Belfast High School, the Senior Choir at the School has now developed into a unit of sixty pupils who regularly compete in choral events around the UK and Ireland, and continue to build a reputation as one of the foremost school choirs in the province.
We welcome them to the Belfast Tattoo for the first time, as part of our outreach programme, giving our young people an opportunity to take part in the Tattoo, and perform to their biggest audience to date.