Live at Sunset in Zurich

Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider is one of the star performers at the Zurich festival Keystone

A host of top musicians is performing under the stars in the centre of Zurich this month at the city's annual open air festival, Live at Sunset.

This content was published on July 21, 2000 minutes

With the imposing gothic architecture of the national museum as a backdrop to the stage, the festival takes place in the adjoining park between the Sihl and Limmat rivers.

Live at Sunset is now in its fifth year and attracts thousands of spectators to its riverside location. "When we did the first show with Andreas Vollenweider, it was so beautiful with the courtyard of the museum, we thought it would be good to make it a yearly event," one of the organisers, Sylvie Rossi, told swissinfo.

As well as Lou Reed, this year's attractions include Joe Cocker and Lionel Ritchie as well as Swiss stars Michael von der Heide and Andreas Vollenweider.

Holding an open air concert series in the heart of the city when people are beginning to head out of town for summer holidays could be seen as risky, but Rossi disagrees.

"There are still people living here in Zurich who want to come to the concerts and it's so convenient because it's close to the station, to the river and to the centre of the city, It's really a beautiful place for a festival. Two shows are already sold out."

Live at Sunset runs until July 30.

by Tom O'Brien

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