Ischgl has the X-factor, Leona Lewis opens season

Fri 03 October 08

Gabriella Cilmi with guest appearance by Britain's Leona Lewis are set to launch 2009 season at Ischgl on 29th November

Teenage singing sensation Gabriella Cilmi is to launch the 08-09 winter sports season at Ischgl in Austria– in a concert that will also feature a guest appearance by Britain's Leona Lewis.

It's a double coup by the Austrian resort, which has a tradition of opening and closing its winters with gigs by huge stars.

Gabriella, whose debut single Sweet About Me was a worldwide hit after its release last March, will perform in the Tirolean village on Saturday 29 November.

Gabriella was born in Australia but has swiftly built a huge following in Britain and the rest of Europe after making her UK TV debut last December when she sang Sweet About Me on Later With Jools Holland.

Her British bonds are growing. Her song Sanctuary featured in the film St Trinian's and on its soundtrack and she shares a manager and UK record label (Island) with the Sugababes.

Gabriella Cilmi
Gabriella Cilmi

Special guest at the concert will be Britain's Leona Lewis – her of the striking beauty and soaring voice – whose Spirit became the fastest selling debut album of all time and launched the London Olympics transfer in Beijing over the summer. The lead-off single from the album, Bleeding Love, claimed the Number One spot for seven weeks, and the album sold a million copies in the UK in just five weeks. Leona received four prestigious nominations at the last Brit Awards, the UK equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

Leona first found stardom by winning British talent show The X Factor in 2006.

Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis

At the 2008 Ischgl season-opening concert, the girls follow in a long line of headline acts that have launched the season, including Rihanna (last year), The Corrs, Lionel Richie, Ronan Keating and The Pussycat Dolls.

Entrance to the concert, which kicks off at 6pm, will be by valid lift-pass. A one-day lift ticket for 29 November will be 55euros (covering skiing and the concert).

A two-day lift ticket will cost 74.50euros.

Skiing opens at Ischgl, one of Austria's highest and most snowsure resorts, on Friday 28 November. The season runs until the beginning of May 2009.

Take a look at www.ischgl.com for more details on Ischgl

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Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “Ischgl has plenty of good wide intermediate slopes, and hidden off-piste stashes. A super fast lift system, a season that lasts until May, great terrain park, and the most full on apres in the Alps, completes the package.”

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