If you were ever thinking of taking a trip to Rio de Janeiro, now may be the time to do it. Brazil’s massive Rock In Rio festival is kicking off on Friday and it promises seven days of nonstop music madness. The planet’s most popular artists are all ascending to South America to blow the roof off Olympic Village stadium. Expect performances from Rihanna, Guns N’ Roses, Maná, and tons more!
Over 700,000 people have already bought tickets to the event, which will feature nearly 100 artists. Set to be held at Brazil’s “City of Rock,” the venue is actually a brand new construction that will later be used for the 2016 Olympic Games. And if you ask organizer Roberta Medina, the more room they can provide for the fans, the better!
“Rock in Rio is to Brazil what Woodstock was to the world!” she enthusiastically said.
The first Rock in Rio took place back in 1985 and attracted an audience of 1.4 million. Classic artists like Queen, AC/DC, and Rod Stewart highlighted the festival back then. But now, fans are getting a much wider blend of music.
The organizers did a very admirable job of mixing both current and classic rockers when setting the roster. Fans of old school music will get to experience artists like Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Modern day metal heads can get their “headbang” on to songs from Metallicaand Slipknot. And for all of you who prefer a little Latin twist to your guitar solos, Shakira and Maná will not disappoint.
Katy Perry will actually be the headliner kicking off the festivities on Friday night. And don’t let her “California Gurl” demeanor fool you, Katy has had huge chart success throughout Latin America and may even break out some Spanish lyrics during her prime time set. The Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra will also be on hand opening night, giving the first evening quite a bit of range.
Throughout the week, audiences will see performances from Coldplay, Rihanna,Ke$ha, and plenty more. And to close it all up on October 10, Rock in Rio is bringing back an old fave. Guns N’ Roses (who first appeared at the festival back in 1991) will be belting out classic ’80s hits alongside the newly reunited System of a Down!
For everyone who can’t make it, don’t worry. The organizers are so confident about the success of this year’s event that they’ve already confirmed Rock in Rio lineups for the next four years!
By Michael Lopez