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BACKSTAGE Everything You Need to Know About The Belfast International Tattoo

The Belfast International Tattoo is returning to The SSE Arena on 2 and 3 September with their most spectacular show yet! It's been a few years so we're giving you the details on why you cannot miss out.

The 2022 event promises to be as spectacular as before, featuring dance, music and marching from a host of acts, both local, and international.

What is the Belfast International Tattoo?

A "tattoo" was originally a military band display made up by those in the military themselves, but modern tattoos are so much more! They are a display of culture from countries around the world. The Belfast International Tattoo brings together tattoos from around the world to show case military music and marching, but also dance, stunts, and more!

Who is performing?

Royal Irish Regiment and 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment Bugles, Pipes and Drums: The Band of the Royal Irish Regiment can trace their origins back to 1960. The band previously took part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 1979.

Ballinran Flute Band: A marching flute band from Ballinran, just outside Kilkeel at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. The band is now in its 40th year and boasts many accolades including winning the Melody Grade at the Flute Band Association of Northern Ireland Own Choice Contest.

Team Airtime: The Airtime team, consisting of 6 dirt bikers, has existed since the end of 2014. They give extreme sports a new face by combining breath-taking bike action with music, dance and light in a unique show!

Massed Pipes and Drums: Our Massed Pipes and Drums will be returning to our 2022 show and finale to raise the roof! From our inception in 2013 this unique performance by the attending bands has been a show stopper with the audience.

Drum Major Display Team led by Senior Drum Major Jason Price: Back by popular demand, this display comprises the very best Flourishing Drum Majors in the world. Among this group of dedicated young Drum Majors are British, Scottish, All-Ireland, European, and World Champions. Ages range from 8 years old and upwards. Under the direction of our Senior Drum Major Jason Price, this is sure to be any eye-catching display!

Royal Tara Dance Academy: For over 50 years the Royal Tara Dance Academy has helped pass on the centuries old tradition of Irish dancing to new generations of Irish Dancers. The Academy train pupils in both traditional and contemporary Irish Dancing.

Ballymageough Accordion Band: The band first paraded as a flute band in 1892 (130 years ago), making Ballymageough one of the longest running marching bands in South Down. This year, Ballymageough Accordion Band are celebrating their 70th Anniversary and taking part in the Belfast International Tattoo for the first time which is the best possible way the band could mark this milestone.

White Rose Dance Troupe: The White Rose Highland Dance Company was formed in 2018 in Yorkshire, England. Bringing together dancers from all around the globe, promoting highland dance in many events both nationally and internationally. The team for the Belfast Tattoo is made up of 25 dancers from across England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and are available for 7:30PM on Friday 2 September, 2PM matinee on Saturday 3 September, and 8PM on Saturday 3 September.


POSTED ON 29 JUL 2022

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