The City of Liverpool Tattoo to come to the Echo Arena this September

The City of Liverpool Tattoo to come to the Echo Arena this September

by Culture Liverpool

The City of Liverpool Tattoo – the first of its kind in the city – promises to deliver a show like no other from Friday 14 – Saturday 15 September 2018, with bicycle acrobatics and pyrotechnic-style flag waving to intersperse the rousing chorus of national and international bands and dancers on display.

The captivating two-hour show has been meticulously curated to showcase an international fusion of over 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. They have also taken part in many TV programmes and films.

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 will also give a display and the Juliana Bicycle Group will travel to Liverpool, also from the Netherlands, to perform. The highlight of Juliana’s display is a 6-metre high pyramid formation using 9 unicycles!

The City of Liverpool Tattoo will also offer a platform to those bands for whom performing is an expression of artistry and talent. Pride of Ballinran Flute Band – considered one of the most professional and practised within Northern Ireland – will travel to the event to perform. Closer to home, Liverpool’s Imperial Corp of Drums will also take to the prestigious Echo Arena stage. Led by Laurie Johnston – now Director of Music – the band performs at many major events in Liverpool and across the UK. The band has also enjoyed TV fame with members appearing in ‘The Building of the Titanic’ and a BBC series called ‘Lillies’.

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.

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Tickets can be purchased via from £39 (includes booking fee). Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

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