Robbie Williams played two concerts on successive nights at the Schladming-Dachstein Ski Opening this weekend.
Set against a picturesque snowy backdrop, it was a sold-out stadium on Friday and in total, 25,000 music fans and ski enthusiasts rocked out the festival.
“A showman second to none, Robbie immediately set this valley basin rocking. Despite the sub-zero temperatures, the stadium was abuzz with excitement – thanks to a concert that encouraged absolutely everyone to sing, dance, and party together,” a Schladming spokesperson said.
Williams interacting with fans and was always ready for a spot of fun.
“What is entertainment?” he asked the crowd, pointing to his chest. “The number one rule of entertaining is – you must love your audience. But instead of trying to explain what entertaining is – why don‘t I show you!?” With these words, he launched a show that was riveting, inspiring, personal, and most definitely entertaining through and through.
The unique stage in the Schladming Planai Stadium contributed to the vibe: 50 metres wide and constructed with about 500 tons of materials, the stage was a spectacle in its own right.
20 kilometres of cable, 300 spots, and over 150 square metres of LED screens created a superlative stage show. Behind the stage, the snow-white slopes just sparkled away – a scene you don’t get to see every day.
“We’re over the moon to have kicked off the winter with such a flawlessly orchestrated Ski Opening. This year, the double concert by Robbie Williams has been a real triumph for us, clearly underscoring our commitment to quality. Excited concert-goers, superb slopes, a winter wonderland, and unusually high booking numbers for this time of year really make the heart of every tourism professional beat faster,” said Mathias Schattleitner (CEO, Schladming-Dachstein).
The return of Ski Opening Schladming-Dachstein after a three-year hiatus is thanks to a collaboration between the Schladming-Dachstein Holiday Region, the 4-Mountain Ski Area, and Leutgeb Entertainment Group.
Images credit: Harald Steiner except crowd shop credit Sabrina Vanray