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US-based Indie rock band Gossip is to get Ischgl's winter season off to a high energy start. The Austrian resort's legendary opening concert is set to attract a crowd of 20,000 people - numbers more associated with a city stadium than an open-air winter concert in the Alps, such is the popularity

of the event.
"Gossip will provide a brilliant start to the new season," said Andreas Steibl, Tourist Director for Paznaun-Ischgl. "We have many treats in store for skiers and boarders this season and this is just the first."

Ischgl's five month long season opens on Friday 26 November and Gossip will be in concert at dusk on Saturday 27, in an outdoor arena in the shadows of the Silvretta mountains. Beth Ditto, the band's powerful front lady, will get fans going with hits including Heavy Cross, Love Long Distance and Standing in the Way of Control, with the distinctive Indie rock beat played out by band members Nathan Howdeshell and Hannah Blilie. Entry is by valid lift pass - a one-day pass for November 27 is 55 euro.

Gossip joins the Hall of Fame for Ischgl's Top Of The Mountain concerts. Recent acts include Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, Rihanna, The Pussycat Dolls and Lionel Richie.

Special season opening packages are available via www.ischgl.com and a taster of what's on offer is three nights' accommodation and breakfast, with a three day liftpass (including entry to the concert) from 183 euro.

There are two new chairlifts on the mountain this winter - the first is the 8million euro Lange Wand chairlift, a luxurious black framed six-person heated chairlift with weather hood that will transport skiers and boarders up to Ischgl's highest point of Greitspitz. The second is a replacement of the Muller-Bahn with a six-person chairlift with weather hood. Ischgl now boasts more than 41 lifts accessing 238kms of groomed piste.

www.paznaun-ischgl.com