The Killers, the American band that first made their name in the UK, will be the stars of the season-closing Top of the Mountain concert in the Austrian resort of Ischgl next Saturday 30 April. The concert at Idalp is a great excuse for skiers to have a late escape to the slopes. About 20,000 are expected to attend the concert, hold in a natural bowl near the top station of the Silvretta gondola lift at 2320 m with the stunning backdrop of the Silvretta mountains.
One of the best-selling bands of this century so far – their Day and Age album was in the Top 10 of best albums – The Killers have stacked up a huge list of awards since forming in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001.
In the UK, their single Mr Brightside has been voted the second-best song of the decade and the album Hot Fuss spent a record 173 weeks in the UK Albums Chart. The band have sold more than 5 million albums in the UK and 15 million albums worldwide.
The Killers follows in the footsteps of a galaxy of superstars who have entertained skiers and boarders in the Austrian resort's traditional Top of the Mountain gig. Fourteen years ago, Ischgl decided to put its entire advertising and marketing budget into staging two massive concerts a year to open and close the winter season. Elton John was the first star to feature in the Tirolean resort's now famous season closing concerts, back in 1995. Since then the resort has hosted Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Sting, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Atomic Kitten, Peter Gabriel, The Corrs, Alanis Morissette, Lionel Richie, Pink, the Scissor Sisters, the Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Elton John again, Gabriella Cilmi, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry and Alicia Keys. This season's opening concert was performed by Beth Ditto and her Indie rock band Gossip at the end of November 2010 to an enthusiastic crowd of 20,000.