Friday, May 5, 2017

Ischgl Closes Winter Season with Zucchero and 18,200 Fans

On 30 April 2017, dolce vita met rock in Ischgl in the form of the exceptional musician Zucchero. 18.200 winter sports fans celebrated the sunny finale of a successful and snowy winter season in the Silvretta Arena at 2,320m altitude.
Magnificent sunshine and Italian rock to mark the season finale in Ischgl. Superstar Zucchero took spectators on a journey to his homeland of Italy at the legendary Top of the Mountain Closing Concert and impressed winter sports fans with his powerful voice. The ‘father of the Italian blues’ and his band of 13, including star musicians such as Hammond virtuoso Brian Auger, guitarist Kat Dyson, drummer Queen Cora Dunham and bass player and musical director Polo Jones, rocked out for more than two hours due to the fantastic atmosphere and the amazing reception on the Idalp stage at 2,320m altitude. The repertoire included: expressive songs from Zucchero’s current album ‘Black Cat’ and his global hits such as ‘Baila Morena’, ‘Senza una Donna’ and ‘Miserere’. The concert in Ischgl marked the start of Zucchero’s new ‘Black Cat’ world tour of 2017.
"With the Top of the Mountain Closing Concert, we are able to look back on a successful and snowy winter season, thanks to the altitude of the Silvretta Arena. We are proud to have impressed our guests from the very first to the very last day this season", says Andreas Steibl, Managing Director of the tourist board Paznaun-Ischgl.

Zucchero 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. Long time 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, Alicia Keys, Gossip, The Killers,Roxette, Mariah Carey, The Scorpions, Deep Purple, Nickelback, Robbie Williams, James Blunt, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Beach Boys and PUR.

Ischgl (1377m) is a truly Ski Paradise in Tirol (Austria) with 238 km of prepared pistes, 43 lifts and lots of interesting new features in the ski resort. The modern lifts managed by the Silvretta Seilbahn AG Company offer a high level of comfort and countless extras, such as heated seats in the Fimbabahn cable car built for the 2007/08 season. A variety of slopes and ski routes offer a opportunity for everyone, from beginners to experts looking for challenging pistes. Eleven is the name of the longest piste with approximately 11 kilometres from the top of the ski resort in Greitspitz (2,872 metres) to Ischgl village (1,400 metres).From Ischgl you can access to the Silvretta Arena Ski Paradise, thanks to an alliance between two Companies (Silvretta Seilbahn AG and Bergbahnen Sammaun AG) and two ski resorts (Ischgl-Sammaun) from two different countries (Switzerland-Austria).

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