All 15,500 tickets to Baloise Session 2018, which wraps up tonight, sold out – a reflection of the festival being "in tune with the times", says CEO Beatrice Stirnimann
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Baloise Session 2019, the 34th edition, again sold out, welcoming 15,500 festivalgoers to see artists including Brad Paisley, Dido, Tom Walker and Michael Kiwanuka
By Jon Chapple on 01 Nov 2019
With concerts by Krokus and Madrugada, the 34th edition of Swiss festival Baloise Session came to a close last night (31 October), bringing the curtain down on three weeks of music.
Baloise 2019 performers included German pop superstar Herbert Grönemeyer, UK soul singer Rag’n’Bone Man, Swiss band Hecht, British pop artist Dido and Northern Irish rockers Snow Patrol. The festival, held indoors in a club-like setting in Basel, attracted 15,500 visitors – another sell-out, replicating 2018’s success.
Other acts who performed over the ten evenings included Brad Paisley, Michael Patrick Kelly, Brittany Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, Wincent Weiss and Tom Walker, as well as newcomers Jazz Morley, Alice Merton and Ward Thomas.
“What a wonderful year! Once more Baloise Session 2019 has closed with fond concert memories, satisfied visitors and enthusiastic bands,” says Beatrice Stirnimann, the festival’s CEO. “That’s exactly what the entire team works tirelessly towards all year long. We are delighted that everything went perfectly.”
As in previous years, Baloise Session 2019’s programming also spread to a few schools in the Basel area. The music workshops, organised by the festival since 2012, were this year devoted to the world of percussion instruments, with the aid of Beat Schürpf of Pro Percussion AG, north-western Switzerland’s largest percussion specialist.
The next Baloise Session will be held from 23 October to 12 November 2020.
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