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Record numbers turn out for Madonna

Madonna has given Switzerland’s the biggest ever concert, eclipsing that of the Rolling Stones’ show two years earlier.

Altogether 72,000 fans descended on the Dubendorf former military airfield near Zurich, 10,000 more than the Rolling Stones attracted at the same venue in 2006.

The singer was given a standing ovation as she was brought in on a throne at the start of the show. She made eight costume changes during the two-hour show and performed alongside 16 dancers and 12 musicians.

Organisers Good News said they were satisfied with the event. They counted just 2,000 cars at the venue, with the vast majority of fans travelling on 130 extra trains put on for the concert.

Police said the event ran smoothly with no serious incidents reported, although 220 people needed first aid.

Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour is travelling to 50 countries on 50 trucks – 28 fewer than were required for the Rolling Stones.