The Walled City Tattoo returns to Ebrington Square in Derry~Londonderry at the end of August and promises four nights of breathtaking, unforgettable entertainment.
Walled City 2014 - Meet the Acts video:
Over 550 local, national and international musicians, dancers, motorcyclists, acrobats and actors will entertain up to 18,000 people in the open-air ampitheatre.
Acts include the Band of the Paris Fire Brigade from France, the Marsa Scouts Pipes and Drums from Malta, Swiss rhythmic comedy trio Starbugs and motorcycle display team The Imps. Over 200 Highland, Irish and Modern dancers, ranging from 6 to 26 years, will form the Walled City Tattoo dance troupe and the spectacular Massed Pipes and Drums will create an unforgettable climax to each evening. Don’t miss out on what promises to be another show to remember.
North West supergroup Sontas are back this year to provide the musical back drop to the show. Two of the city’s oldest bands, Britannia Concert Band and Hamilton Flute Band will share the stage with the Paris Fire Brigade Band who will show off their unique take on Tattoo entertainment, combining their precise marching skills with some more modern dance moves.
The ever-popular age old tradition of the Massed Pipes and Drums will comprise a spectacle of over 100 pipers and drummers from all over Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Germany. They will be joined this year by special guests from Malta, the Marsa Scouts Pipes and Drums. Swiss comedy act Star Bugs will add that special comic element to the production with their unique mix of dance, acrobatics and slapstick. And topping off this fantastic roll call of acts is the world renowned Imps Motorcycle Display Team who will wow the crowds with their daring performance.
As with the inaugural 2013 production, the show will combine the pomp, ceremony and grandeur of traditional tattoo events with a special Maiden City twist, with this year’s show telling the story of the city’s transport heritage from the local railways to the ship building yards.
A Family Festival Fun Day will run as part of this year’s Walled City Tattoo. Taking place on Friday 29th August, the free event will be open to the public and will give the audience the chance to meet performers, try on costumes, play instruments and watch some very special performances.
The International Performers
Band of the Paris Fire Brigade - France
Comprising 60 male and female musicians, the Band of the Paris Fire Brigade is a favourite on the international Tattoo circuit. Putting a modern twist onto the usual marching band set, the Parisians have included their own versions of Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and Beyonce hits in their performances and are preparing a special show for the 2014 Walled City Tattoo.
Marsa Scouts Pipes and Drums - Malta
The Bagpipes form the main sound of the Marsa Scouts, one of the leading bands in Malta. Travelling all the way from Southern Malta, this large group of over 40 musicians sees its roots in the early 1930s. Donning the traditional kilt, the all-male group look forward to their first performance in the UK at the Walled City Tattoo.
Starbugs - Switzerland
Swiss rhythmic comedy trio Starbugs will bring a comedy element to this year’s show with their eclectic mix of dance, acrobatics and slapstick. Having performed in over 30 countries and on more than 20 TV shows, the act are looking forward to putting a smile on the faces of the audience at the Walled City Tattoo.
The Imps – England
For over forty years motorcycle display team The Imps have performed around the world to millions of people. 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 them to deliver shows comprising complex ‘cross-overs’ requiring split second timing, breath taking 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.
Crossed Swords Pipe Band - various
Comprising members from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, USA, Austria, Denmark and Germany, the Crossed Swords Pipe Band have performed the world over and were one of the main acts at last year’s inaugural Walled City Tattoo.
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The Walled City Tattoo is funded by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, Derry City Council, Ilex and the Ulster Scots Agency and is supported by Visit Derry.