Many tales to tell in city tattoo
THE City of Liverpool Tattoo – the first of its kind in the city – promises to deliver a show like no other next month, with bicycle acrobatics and pyrotechnic-style flag-waving to intersperse the rousing chorus of national and international bands and dancers on display.
The two-hour show will showcase an international fusion of more than 600 acts and artistes, brought together to deliver the spectacular music and dance sensation which has won many awards in its native Belfast.
And all the City of Liverpool Tattoo’s performers have their own unique story to tell: Artane band, from Dublin, has performed for every President and Taoiseach of Ireland, three Presidents of the United States, three Kings and Queens of the UK, and starred in a music video with U2.
Lume De Biqueira, flying in from Spain for the Liverpool show, is one of Madrid’s most celebrated marching bands, having played for Pope John Paul II and Their Royal Majesties of Spain.
Dance troupe Innova, famed for adding a modern twist to Irish dancing, will be familiar to many having reached the semi-finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, Series 8.
A cast of 50 dancers will perform at the City of Liverpool Tattoo. The event is packed full of international flavours, including brass band Fanfarekorps der Genie from the Netherlands and the Historical Flag Wavers of Contrada Di Cori from Italy. Scottish highland dancers and the Juliana Bicycle Group will also perform.
Closer to home, Liverpool’s Imperial Corps of Drums will also take to the prestigious Echo Arena stage.
Often the most anticipated part of the show is the Massed Pipes and Drums.
The powerful performance of 160 musicians will be led by three times Senior Drum Major Brian Wilson MBE, pipe major David Ogilvie (lone piper at the Edinburgh Tattoo, Glasgow Tattoo and Belfast Tattoo), and lead drummer Alan Craig, who leads the current world champion Drum Corps of Liverpool and Clyde Pipe Band.
The City of Liverpool Tattoo comes to the ECHO arena, Liverpool, on September 14-15. Tickets are priced at £39 / £44.50 / £50 / Family of 4, £110 (including administration fee). Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult.
To book tickets, log on to www.echoarena.com/tattoo or call the Box Office on 0344 8000 400.
The City of Liverpool Tattoo comes to the ECHO arena on September 14-15