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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 05:57 AM
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Edinburgh Tattoo-2017-Tickets

On-line ticket sales on the official site opened this morning at 10 AM local. Took me about an hour to get through the line-up for the site but once in the transaction was the usual easy one.

Just a heads-up for folks who might be thinking of attending next year.

I am sure you could get tickets through re-sellers as necessary.
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 08:07 AM
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Don't even know what that is, but I'll be in Edinburgh in January. I will automatically presume that it is not the correct time.
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 08:21 AM
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Yes, it only happens in August.
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 09:13 AM
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The Dufourspitz. Get your Swiss Card and go look it up, dukey- Swiss Pass 110% valid at all Edinburgh on and off festival events - just flash the pass.
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 03:10 PM
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We'll be there during that time. I'm interested but don't know much about it.

Any advice on seats? I noticed some in the back still have availability in the front rows. Is that because it's hard to see from there? Where did you select seats Dukey1?
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 03:38 PM
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I've been to the Tattoo more than 6 times over the years. There are no bad seats and there are no obscured sight lines. Just buy the the best available seats you can afford.
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 04:35 PM
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I never cared too much about the Tattoo or the Edinburgh Festival though they both must be great --- but always wanted to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival ---- billed as the 'largest arts festival in Europe and featuring a true potpourri of music and arts - an informal Edinburgh Festival which to me actually sounds like more fun to me than the official Festival with lots of free performances by a truly eclectic array of artists and their art.

You may be seeing young artists who later become famous - and as anyone can do art of any type apparently bring you bag pipes or whatever and go for it.

So don't forget the Fringe whilst doing the Tattoo:

I wonder what you folks who have been to the Fringe what did you think about - I have only a vague idea of this large park area with anyone setting up shop and doing their own thing, etc. That sounds super neat but it must be more organized than that?


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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to as simply The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2015, spanned 25 days and featured 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues.[1] Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place annually in Scotland's capital, in the month of August.[1]

It is an open access (or "unjuried") performing arts festival, meaning there is no selection committee, and anyone may participate, with any type of performance. The official Fringe Programme categorises shows into sections for theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. Comedy is the largest section and the one that in modern times has the highest public profile, due in part to the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, which have launched the careers of many household names of British comedy. The Fringe has often showcased experimental, challenging or controversial works that might not be invited to a more conservative arts festival.
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 05:31 PM
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>>So don't forget the Fringe whilst doing the Tattoo:
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 07:19 PM
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Janisj- Any idea why the seats in the middle of each section cost more than the top or very bottom?
I'm trying to figure out if it makes sense to sit front row or in the middle. Thanks!

We're in Edinburgh for only 2 nights but yes, also during the Fringe Festival. Should be interesting!
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 08:02 PM
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Just like in any arena -- there are more expensive seats -- and seats that cost less because they are just a little less desirable. There are no bad view points -- but the really high ones have more stairs and the really low ones don't have the panoramic view.

The very most expensive seats are at the very top at the far end of the esplanade -- that is where the Queen sits in the Royal Box. So up high is good enough for some people

I personally would only choose the front rows if other seats were too expensive or no available. But many people like the low seats because there are very few steps, and they are closer to the performers and can see their faces (which really isn't the point IME/IMO).
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 08:25 PM
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Thanks janisj. I'm torn. I'm leaning toward front row, hoping it might make for better photos. Plus yeah, many of the best seats are gone already.
My current choices are section 2 front row (or middle section, 5 pounds more), or section 5 front row.
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 08:42 PM
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>>hoping it might make for better photos.
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Old Dec 1st, 2016, 09:11 PM
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Thanks for the help. I took the plunge and bought them; on the aisle, middle section of Section 2, best I could get). They will be a surprise for my husband's birthday (he loves bagpipes)!
I guess we really are going to Edinburgh now! I have the hotel booked, but so far, only the flight to London, not EDI. Ha!
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Old Dec 2nd, 2016, 03:35 AM
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The festival season in August incudes the Edinburgh International Festival (the oldest and the one that Pal is possibly calling the official one), the Festival Fringe, the book festival, the Military Tattoo, and I might be forgetting one or two, all running more or less simultaneously.

The entire city is involved. Every available space, room, storefront, theater, school, and outdoor plaza is taken up with performances of theater, dance, music, comedy, circus, burlesque, book talks, and uncategorizable events. I have been twice and would go back in a heatbeat.

The catalogue of events is the size of a phone book. It can be overwhelming. You can check it out on line before you go and if there is something you really want to see, you can buy tickets ahead.

I am particularly partial to theater at the Traverse Theatre, which presents new plays by living playwrights, During the festival they are mostly one act plays, and one strategy is to spend the day there seeing several in their two theaters.

It would be perfectly possible to just wander and see things that strike your fancy, but I think a little organization is a valuable exercise.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2016, 03:46 AM
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When we last attended it was impossible to miss a lot of the Fringe activity. My only disappointment with the Tattoo was that I thought there were not enough bagpipe "presentations" but we enjoyed it nonetheless and despite the cold and the rain.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2016, 09:19 AM
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I've been exceedingly lucky - never once having been rained on at the Tattoo. Bloody cold a couple of times but always dry (someone should take me a long as a good luck charm )

This year -- the night I went was beautiful - and the very next night I sat in my flat over looking the Royal Mile watching soaking wet folks slog up the final hill to the castle. Really bit the bullet that time
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Old Dec 2nd, 2016, 09:42 AM
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OOPS -- not sure where that came from -- thought I posted >>Really missed a bullet that time
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Old Dec 2nd, 2016, 09:53 AM
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Obviously the poster has never been>

No I thought I made that clear and thanks for the description. Are fringe events free or must for some do you have to have tickets?

Thanks.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2016, 10:25 AM
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There are free events and paid events.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2016, 11:26 AM
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It is what it is. Even in that covered section at the end the rain and cold has an impact.
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