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Robbie Williams storms Ischgl - James Cove, Ischgl
Saturday May 3, 2014 - Email this article to a friend

He came, he saw, he conquered. In 20 years of closing concerts at the Austrian resort this was one of the best. Perhaps the best. PlanetSKI was lucky enough to be in the VIP area at the weekend.

The Austrian resort held its first end of season concert back in 1994 when Elton John performed.

Since then the likes of Tina Turner, The Killers, Deep Purple, Rod Stewart, Sting, Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi have played on the Saturday of the first weekend in May.

For Robbie Williams the weather seemed to be against him on Saturday. 

Thick cloud rolled in and for those at the back it was hard to see the stage, let alone the singer.

It was snowing on May 3rd.

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But as Robbie Williams kicked off with Let Me Entertain You he did exactly that for the 25,000 people in the crowd. 

An hour and half later he finished with Angels and by common consent it was one of the best closing concerts at the resort.

Robbie Williams confirmed his position as one of the great crowd pleasers.

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The weather had made no difference and in fact, with light snow falling for much of the set, it helped created a unique atmosphere.

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The show was even better considering it was daylight - he had no light shows to enhance the performance.

He just had his presence, his music and his band.

Oh, and his Dad, Peter, who joined him on stage for a duet.

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Completing the family circle was his pregnant wife, Ayda Field, who watched from backstage. He told the crowd she was expecting their second child.

The concerts are held up the mountains at Idalp at 2,240m.

It is an afternoon concert and free; all people have to do is buy a lift pass the get up the mountain.

In a press conference before the concert he confirmed what we all knew - Let Me Entertain You and Angels were the songs he most enjoyed performing. 

"They are anthems and I love singing the songs even though I have done so a million times," he said.

He also said that Austria was his favourite country to play in - see below for the edited highlights from his press conference.

He was asked questions on a wide range of subjects, from what he likes to sing in the shower to which football team he tips for World Cup success.

He played with his 25-piece Big Band and among the songs were Minnie The Moocher, a version of Supreme and his latest hit Go Gentle.

His fee for the concert is a closely-guarded secret but we understand he was paid more than The Killers and the US band earned around €1m when it performed in 2011.

"It is fabulous to book Robbie Williams and we have been working on getting him here for over 2 years.  Each year we need a bigger and better act and we have done it again," said the director of the tourist office, Andy Steibl, to PlanetSKI.

I was in Ischgl as a guest of Inghams and Ski Total and we had over a dozen in our group; many of us have been several times over the years and by common consent it was one of the best concerts - some of us thought THE best.

Here on PlanetSKI we will have another song from the concert on the site later.

In the meantime check out a few pictures of perhaps the best closing concert Ischgl has seen.

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For a PlanetSKI preview piece on the concert then see here.

All photos are taken by PlanetSKI except the ones from backstage - c/oTVB Paznaun-Ischgl by Pierluigi Orler.

For the official video interview with Robbie and some further concert footage then see below.


James Cove is in Ischgl as a guest of Ski Total and is staying in its chalet-hotel, Abendrot; see here for further details. Next season Ski Total is adding another chalet-hotel to its portfolio, the Hotel Belmonte.

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He is also attending a special celebration event in the resort for Inghams that is 80 years old this year; see here for further details about one of the oldest British tour operators.

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