Fact of the day:Gurjit Singh and the VIP Dholies:
“I have been playing Indian drums since i was 4 years-old. I absolutely love collaborating with other instruments and most commonly, I play dhol drums with bagpipes. I nickname it Haggis Pakora.”
Fact of the day:The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Pipes and Drums:
Canadian Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald used the Royal Irish Constabulary as the model for the Canadian North West Mounted Police in 1873 (predecessor of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police).
Fact of the day:Amigo Leiden have appeared in 3 of The Scripts concerts.......
Less than 4 weeks to go!Here at Tattoo headquarters we can hardly believe that September is almost upon us, although preparations have been ongoing steadily throughout the year the nerves still get a little excited at this point in time.
50 extra tickets for the Saturday evening performance!As mentioned above we have been able to release another 50 of the best available tickets for Saturday evening performance. These are highly sought after tickets so get in there quick folks.
A big thank you to all who bought tickets for Fathers DayThank you for all those who bought tickets day tickets from our Fathers day promo. A lot of folk must be very happy, including a few fathers.
Fathers Day ticket offer - 15% off all tickets this wee only!!For this week only we are offering 15% off all tickets for Fathers Day! For this week only, make sure to get ibooked early for a nice surprise for your dad.
Belfast International Tattoo Scoops Two Awards in One WeekThe Belfast International Tattoo has been named Hospitality and Tourism Business of the Year in the 2018 Business Eye First Trust Small Business Awards.
The prestigious award was presented to Event Producer Colin Wasson and Drum Major of the Belfast Tattoo, three-time world champion Brian Wilson MBE at the BEFTAs, held at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast, on Thursday night.
It is the second accolade bestowed upon the successful event in the past week. Last Thursday the Belfast International Tattoo was also highly commended in the Most Promising Authentic NI Event category in the 40th Annual Northern Ireland Tourism Awards.
“What a week this has been” said Colin Wasson. “All our hard work is being rewarded and we are very proud indeed. We are a small team with a big but simple vision: to showcase the artistry of the marching band within the context of the outward-looking Ulster Scots culture.
“One in three of our audience travels to the Belfast event from outside Northern Ireland. They are staying here in the province and spending here in the province, so the event is increasingly generating business and other tourism and economic benefits for Northern Ireland.
“XO Events is a small business in growth and this kind of recognition is very encouraging indeed. Already we have expanded into Glasgow and our first Liverpool Tattoo takes place the week after the Belfast Tattoo this September.
Colin added, “I would again like to thank everyone who has participated in or spectated at our events and to the small team who work hard to make it all possible.”
The Hospitality and Tourism Business of the Year award is aimed at Northern Ireland’s growing number of small tourism and hospitality related enterprises. Also shortlisted in the category were Naturally North Coast and Glens, Lost City Adventure Golf and Rayenne House Holywood.
The Belfast Tattoo, held at the SSE Arena over three nights in September 2017, featured over 600 performers, attracted over 13,000 visitors, created over 7,000 bednights and generated over £500,000 in direct economic impact for Northern Ireland.
The event was recorded for subsequent television broadcast on the BBC securing a primetime Saturday evening slot on BBC2 last October, attracting a viewing audience over 80,000 across the UK and Ireland.
On the opening night, patrons were wowed by a planned RAF fly-pass overhead at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
The 6th annual Belfast International Tattoo takes place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September 2018 at the SSE and will showcase its most diverse line up yet with performances from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, The Band of the Ghurkha Rifles, the Band of the Irish Guards and much more.
For more information see www.belfastinternationaltattoo.com. Or see Facebook and Twitter @belfasttattoo. For press and PR enquir
The Belfast International Tattoo have won!!Ladies and Gentlemen, We Won !!!!!
The Best Hospitality and Tourism Business Northern Ireland 2017 !!!!
Thank you all who bought Tickets
Thank you all to the Team !!!!
Innova at the Business Eye / First Trust Awards Tonight.Great to see Innova Dance Team appear at the Business Eye / First Trust Awards Tonight.
Catherine and her Girls Brilliant as usual. Well Done Catherine.
Belfast International Tattoo to attend The Business Eye / First Trust Bank Small Business AwardsTonight sees our small team attend the second of the awards we have been shortlisted for this year.
The Business Eye / First Trust Bank Small Business Awards are being held in Belfast, with our event up for The Hospitality and Tourism Business of the Year Award.
Fingers Crossed again.
Belfast International Tattoo came 2nd at the NI Tourism Awards Well Folks, we came second out of many.
Congratulations to the Armagh Council Georgian Festival who won the award.
Belfast International Tattoo to attend the first of two NI Tourism awards Well folks, tonight is the first of our big nights. Tonight we join many other shortlisted businesses and people involved in the tourism industry, to see if we have been awarded a winners award at the 40th anniversary Tourism NI Awards, this year held in Belfast.
No matter what happens tonight, a big "thank you"
to all of the team both past and present, for getting us to this point.
A Special big thank you to all who have attended over the six years, from near and far, who spent their hard earned money helping us create the reputation for being a friendly show.
A big thank you to all of the bands and artistes from across the globe , who have travel from near and far, and entertained us so well and created so many memories.
Lets all cross our fingers !!!!!!!
Like & Share competition on our Facebook page to WIN 4 Family ticketsSimply Like & Share this post to be in with a chance to WIN 4 Family tickets for the matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday 8th September.
The Belfast International Tattoo has been shortlisted for the Business Eye, First Trust Bank, Small We were very proud to announce recently The Belfast International Tattoo had been shortlisted for one of this years Tourism NI awards to be announced on the 24th May in Belfast.
We can further announce The Belfast International Tattoo has been shortlisted for the Business Eye, First Trust Bank, Small Business Awards in the Hospitality & Tourism Business of the year category.
We were crossing our fingers for the Tourism NI awards we are now crossing our toes as well.
Like & Share Competition winnersSuch was the interest in our "Like and Share" Competition we have decided to give away two pairs of Tickets for the Belfast International Tattoo and the winners are
Ms Susan Craig and Mr William Bradford from Newtownards.
We would ask the winners to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to provide us with their contact details so we can get your prize to you.
Thank you to everyone who took part.
Belfast International Tattoo has been shortlisted for and award from Northern Ireland Tourism!We are very pleased to announce that the Belfast International Tattoo has been shortlisted for an award from Northern Ireland Tourism!
Final results will be revealed at the gala event, which will be held on Thursday 24th May at the Europa Hotel where the first awards took place in 1978 and will be presented by former BBC newsreader and Belfast native Maxine Mawhinney.
Senior Drum Major Mickey Munro will be leading the Massed Pipes and DrumsWe are delighted to announce that Senior Drum Major Mickey Munro will be leading the Massed Pipes and Drums at the Belfast International Tattoo 2018.
We are delighted to have him with us again but this time as the Senior Drum Major.
He brings with him a wealth of experience, having appeared around the world in most of the major Tattoo events including The Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
We thank his commanding officer and Adjutant for granting permission to allow this to take place.
Group bookings This Morning we had a large Group booking of tickets for the Friday show.
If you are part of an association or group and are thinking of coming along to the Tattoo this year, why dont you drop Diane an email at the office and see what discounts are available for Group bookings.
Most Promising Authentic NI Event or Festival Experience award!The Belfast International Tattoo are very proud to announce that we have reached the final three in the category of
"Most Promising Authentic NI Event or Festival Experience"
at the annual "Tourism NI Awards" in May 2017.
This is indeed a great honour and recognition by Tourism NI of all of the work that goes into this show by a very small group of people.
It is also a great recognition of the work put in by the Local Bands who have risen to the challenge and put in the graft in the years previous to this.
And lastly it is a recognition of the support you the public have shown to The Belfast International Tattoo by making it one of the most sought after Tickets here in Northern Ireland and one of the most talked about events in Europe which now has a waiting list of Bands from around Europe and Beyond who now want to come to Belfast to appear here and perform.
We in the Belfast International Tattoo Team thank you all for your support and we hope we do you proud on the night of the awards.
Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland awardsThis afternoon the team spent some time being interviewed by a panel of Judges from Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland. As a result of this interview we hope to have some really exciting news for you next week.
New Website - more mobile friendly We decided to upgrade our Belfast International Tattoo website to make it much more compatable with mobile phones and tablets.
Hope you like it, and any feedback is welcome
The BBC will not be joining us this year to record the TattooConfirmation came today, the BBC will not be joining us this year to record the Tattoo for broadcast. This is due to our date clashing with Proms in the Park, which is taking place the same evening.
So this year you are just going to have to join us in the Arena if you want to see the Tattoo.
The Lucerne Marching Band, Appearing at The Belfast International Tattoo 2018
Is this another possible Teaser for Belfast 2018??
Is this a little teaser ??
Vow Accordion Band Mini TattooOur friends in The Vow Accordion Band are holding a Mini Tattoo in the Ballybrakes Bowling Centre, Ballymoney on Saturday 24th March 2018, admission to the event is £10.00 per Ticket with profits going to the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance Charity.
If you are able and can make it why not support this excellent project and excellent band.
Now able to book tickets at Irish Tour Tickets The Belfast International Tattoo is pleased to announce, with effect from Monday 5th February you will be able to call into Irish Tour Tickets at 10 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BA in order to buy Tickets for The Belfast International Tattoo 2018.
As part of this new tie up, you will soon be able to buy your Belfast City Sightseeing Tickets through our web site.
We will be announcing further tie ups soon for Hotel Accommodation which you might wish to think about for your visit to the Tattoo.
Changes ahead!Things are changing at the Tattoo this year again and the first of this years changes is our new Master of Ceremonies for The Belfast International Tattoo.
Step forward and into the spolight Robert Skates
Robert has been entertaining local radio audiences across Northern Ireland for over twenty three years now. He was a presenter at Downtown Radio for twenty one years including a stint in the newsroom for Downtown and CoolFM. During his time at Downtown, Robert achieved major listening figures for his Gospel Time and Downtown Country shows.
Happy new year to to allIt is back to business this week after the Christmas festivities. Hoping you all had a great break. We will be finalising the line up for the Belfast Tattoo 2018 in the next month or so. Keep checking the site for announcements
Belfast Tattoo 2017 DVDs Selling fastHere at Tattoo HQ we are delighted with sales of the Belfast Tattoo 2017 DVDs.
We have still got limited stocks so get your orders in asap!
Black Friday Tickets OnSale NOWBlack Friday tickets are now on sale FROM OUR WEBSITE ONLY!
Belfast Tattoo DVDs ARRIVED TODAYWe are pleased to announce from Tattoo HQ that the Belfast Tattoo DVDs have arrived and all orders have been posted out.
Get yours asap as stocks are limited.
Black Friday Tickets Offer!Discounted tickets will be released on Black Friday for the Matinee show which takes place Saturday 8th September 2018.
The tickets will be ONLY available from our website, and are priced at £25 (normally £35)
Please Note: This is a one day only offer!