September 25, 2008 / 2:50 PM / 10 years ago

Tiny Montenegro town gears up for Madonna's big gig

Madonna performs on stage during her "Sticky and Sweet" tour at the Danube island in Vienna September 23, 2008. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

PODGORICA (Reuters Life!) - More than 65,000 Madonna fans are expected to visit Montenegro’s small coastal town of Budva for the pop diva’s concert on Thursday, the biggest-ever event to be held in the small Adriatic republic.

Media reports have revealed the singer’s various requests, such as kosher food to be prepared by a Belgrade rabbi and her stay at a luxurious hotel’s penthouse with a swimming poll on a balcony under banana and palm trees.

Organizers have unveiled that Madonna requested two rooms and a big bathroom in the 50-room backstage area.

“The rooms should be without air conditioning and fluorescent lights and colors,” said public relations officer Aleksandar Rados. “Smoking is forbidden...”

The event on the Jaz beach, famous for its turquoise water and golden sands, will cost some $7 million, according to the Russian Mirax Group, which is the concert’s general sponsor.

The beach was picked as the concert site after the last year’s Rolling Stones concert and other musical events including a Lenny Kravitz concert this summer.

Reporting by Dusko Mihailovic, writing by Ljilja Cvekic; Editing by Daria Sito-Sucic and Paul Casciato

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