Rock In Rio
Rock in Rio is a recurring music festival originating in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It later branched into other locations such as Lisbon, Madrid and Las Vegas.
Six incarnations of the festival were held in Rio de Janeiro, in 1985, 1991, 2001, 2011, 2013 and 2015, seven in Lisbon, in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016, three in Madrid in 2008, 2010 and 2012, and one in Las Vegas, in 2015. The seventh Brazilian edition will happen from September 15 to 24, 2017. Brazilian entrepreneur and advertiser Roberto Medina was responsible for the inception and organization of the festival, as well as moving the 2004 edition to Lisbon, while controversially keeping the brand "Rock in Rio". In 2011, Rock in Rio returned to its original location, Rio de Janeiro, with a new line-up of singers and groups.
Rock in Rio is one of the largest music festivals in the world, with 1.5 million people attending the first event, 700,000 attending the second and fourth, about 1.2 million attending the third, and about 350,000 people attending each of the three Lisbon events.
Rio de Janeiro
Rock in Rio
The first edition of the festival was held from January 11–20, 1985. Queen, George Benson, Rod Stewart, AC/DC and Yes were the headliners, each occupying top spot for two nights (Benson, however, ceded it to James Taylor for their second night in the same bill, due to the huge delay Taylor's extended performance had caused to his concert two days before). About 1.4 million people attended the 10-day-long festival.
Rock in Rio in numbers
The City of Rock, which was built for the festival, covered an area of 250,000 m² (around 2.7 million square feet)
1,600,000 liters of beverages were served, using 4 million plastic cups.
500,000 pizza slices.
McDonald's sold 58,000 hamburgers in a single day, which was a Guinness World Record until the fourth edition in 2011, where 79,000 hamburgers were sold by Bob's.
The full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio:
Both Queen shows were filmed (on January 11 and January 18) and broadcast throughout Brazil by Globo. Each show was watched by nearly 200 million people in over 60 countries and in front of 350,000–500,000 people for each night setting a world record for the biggest paying audience ever at the time. It was later broadcast in the United States on MTV as "Queen: Live in Rio".
Iron Maiden was the only non-Brazilian act to play just one concert at the festival (on its opening night, headlined by Queen), due to other bookings, while every other international act performed twice. During the song "Revelations", lead singer Bruce Dickinson hit himself accidentally with a guitar and cut his eyebrow. Dickinson continued to sing in spite of heavy bleeding. They performed in front of a crowd of 350,000 people too.
The Go-Go's broke up after their two Rock in Rio performances, (headlined by Queen and Rod Stewart) though they would later reunite in the 1990s. The two Rock in Rio shows were the debut and swansong for short-tenured Go-Go's member Paula Jean Brown, who had replaced Jane Wiedlin. (Wiedlin would return to the reunited 1990s lineup.)
Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, at the time Talking Heads drummer and bass player, respectively, took part at the B-52's concerts. They joined the band from the third song on and played along with them for the remainder of the performance.
The January 20 appearance of the B-52's would turn out to be their last with guitarist Ricky Wilson, who died from AIDS in October of that year as the band was finishing their next album.
Initially, Def Leppard was scheduled to play at the festival. However, they dropped out about two months before the event, due to delays on the recording process of the album Hysteria. They were replaced by Whitesnake. Eleven days before the date Def Leppard would have played at the festival, drummer Rick Allen suffered an accident that cost him his left arm.
Rock in Rio 2
The second edition was held from January 18–27, 1991 at the Maracanã stadium. Headliners were Guns N' Roses, Prince and George Michael, each being top billed for two of the event's nine nights. INXS, New Kids on the Block and A-ha also got top billing, for one night each.
Full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio 2:
Guns N' Roses's January 20 concert was their first ever with then new drummer Matt Sorum and keyboard player Dizzy Reed. George Michael's second concert, on January 27, the festival's closing day, featured his ex-Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley, who joined Michael for a few songs at the encore. Again a misplaced Brazilian act suffered from bad reception, with Lobão being pelted with beer cans and being forced to cut his performance short.
Rock in Rio 3
The third Rock in Rio festival took place in 2001 and its seven nights were headlined, respectively, by Sting, R.E.M., Guns N' Roses, 'N Sync, Iron Maiden, Neil Young and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Iron Maiden recorded their set and released it as the live album Rock in Rio. The profits from the sale of the album were donated to the Clive Burr fund, which would help the former drummer pay mounting medical bills for treatment of his multiple sclerosis.
Another notable appearance at Rock in Rio 3 was that of American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with a new line-up featuring guitarist Buckethead, original member and lead singer Axl Rose (vocals), and longtime member Dizzy Reed (keyboards). Carlinhos Brown, the opening act on the day Guns N' Roses performed, was attacked by water bottles throughout his whole performance. Bassist Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age performed in the nude for part of their set and was arrested for indecent exposure after the concert, being released soon after.
Full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio 3:
Rock in Rio 4
The fourth edition of Rock in Rio, back to its origins, was held on September 23, 24, 25, 29 and 30, and October 1 and 2, 2011, at an area (pt) to be built next to the old City of Rock – which is currently the site of the future Olympic Village of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Three different stages were employed, with the headlining concerts at the Palco Mundo (World Stage), the secondary ones in Palco Sunset (Sunset Stage), and DJs playing at a specialized stage for electronic music. The closing acts, Guns N' Roses and System of a Down, entered following a poll on the festival's website. Maroon 5 was a last hour addition, following Jay-Z leaving for personal reasons.
Full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio 4:
Palco Mundo: Rihanna, Elton John, Katy Perry, Claudia Leitte, opening concert with Os Paralamas do Sucesso, Titãs, Milton Nascimento, Maria Gadú and the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra (pt)
Palco Sunset: Móveis Coloniais de Acaju, Orkestra Rumpilezz, Mariana Aydar, Bebel Gilberto, Sandra de Sá, Ed Motta, Rui Veloso, Andreas Kisser, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, The Gift
Palco Mundo: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol, Capital Inicial, Stone Sour, NX Zero
Palco Sunset: Marcelo Yuka (pt), Cibelle, Karina Buhr (pt), Amora Pêra (Sandra Pêra), Tulipa Ruiz (pt), Nação Zumbi, Milton Nascimento, Esperanza Spalding, Mike Patton/Mondo Cane, Orquestra Sinfônica de Heliópolis (pt)
Palco Mundo: Metallica, Slipknot, Motörhead, Coheed and Cambria, Gloria (pt)
Palco Sunset: Matanza, BNegão (pt), Korzus, The Punk Metal Allstars (East Bay Ray from Dead Kennedys, Mike Clark Suicidal Tendencies, João Gordo from Ratos de Porão and Marcel Schmier from Destruction), Angra, Sepultura, Tarja Turunen, Les Tambours du Bronx
Palco Mundo: Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Kesha, Janelle Monáe, Legião Urbana with Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra
Palco Sunset: Marcelo Jeneci, Curumin, Baile do Simonal, Diogo Nogueira, Afrika Bambaataa, Paula Lima, Joss Stone
Palco Mundo: Shakira, Lenny Kravitz, Ivete Sangalo, Jota Quest, Marcelo D2
Palco Sunset: Buraka Som Sistema, Mixhell, Céu, João Donato, Cidade Negra, Martinho da Vila, Emicida (pt), Monobloco, Macaco, Pepeu Gomes
Palco Mundo: Coldplay, Maroon 5, Maná, Skank, Frejat
Palco Sunset: Cidadão Instigado (pt), Júpiter Maçã (pt), Tiê (pt), Jorge Drexler, Zeca Baleiro, Erasmo Carlos, Arnaldo Antunes
Palco Mundo: Guns N' Roses, System of a Down, Evanescence, Detonautas Roque Clube, Pitty
Palco Sunset: The Monomes, David Fonseca, Os Mutantes, Tom Zé, Titãs, Xutos & Pontapés, Marcelo Camelo, The Growlers
Eletrônica Palco: Nalaya Brown
Rock in Rio 5
Rock in Rio 5 was held on September 2013. The headline acts, chronologically, was: Beyoncé, Muse, Justin Timberlake, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Iron Maiden.
Friday 13 September
Palco Mundo: Beyoncé, David Guetta, Ivete Sangalo, Cazuza - O Poeta Está Vivo
Palco Sunset: Living Colour + Angélique Kidjo, Maria Rita + Selah Sue, Vintage Trouble + Jesuton, Flávio Renegado + Orelha Negra
Eletrônica: Otto Knows, Life Is A Loop, Ask 2 Quit, Sweet Beats
Saturday 14 September
Palco Mundo: Muse, Florence and the Machine, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Capital Inicial
Palco Sunset: The Offspring, Viva A Raul Seixas – C/ Detonautas Roque Clube, Zeca Baleiro & Zélia Ducan, Marky Ramone + Michael Graves, BNegão + Autoramas
Eletrônica: TBA, TBA, Anderson Noise, Mau Mau, Paula Chulap
Sunday 15 September
Palco Mundo: Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Jessie J, Jota Quest
Palco Sunset: Ivan Lins + George Benson, Kimbra + Olodum, Nando Reis + Samuel Rosa, Aurea + The Black Samba
Eletrônica: DJ Harvey, dOP, Renato Ratier, Triple Crown
Thursday 19 September
Palco Mundo: Metallica, Alice in Chains, Ghost, Sepultura + Les Tambours du Bronx
Palco Sunset: Rob Zombie, República + Dr. Sin + Roy Z, Sebastian Bach, Almah + Hibria
Eletrônica: Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, The Gaslamp Killer, DJ Ride
Friday 20 September
Palco Mundo: Bon Jovi, Nickelback, Matchbox Twenty, Frejat
Palco Sunset: Ben Harper + Charlie Musselwhite, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals + Donavon Frankenreiter, Mallu Magalhães + Banda Ouro Negro, The Gift + Afroreggae
Eletrônica: Paul Oakenfold, Dexterz, Rodrigo Vieira, Ferris
Saturday 21 September
Palco Mundo: Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Phillip Phillips, Skank
Palco Sunset: Gogol Bordello + Lenine, Ivo Meirelles + Fernanda Abreu + Elba Ramalho, Moraes Moreira + Pepeu Gomes + Roberta Sá, Orquestra Imperial + Lorenzo Jovanotti
Eletrônica: Loco Dice, DJ Vibe, Guti, Flow & Zeo
Sunday 22 September
Palco Mundo: Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Kiara Rocks
Palco Sunset: Sepultura + Zé Ramalho, Helloween + Kai Hansen, Destruction + Krisiun, Andre Matos + Viper
Eletrônica: Felguk, DJ Marky, Maximum Hedrum, Boteco Electro
Rock in Rio 6
The sixth Brazilian edition was held from September 18 to 27, 2015 at the City of Rock. The headliners were Queen + Adam Lambert, Metallica, Rod Stewart, Elton John, System of a Down, Slipknot, Rihanna and Katy Perry.
Friday 18 September
Palco Mundo: Queen + Adam Lambert, OneRepublic, The Script, Rock in Rio 30 Anos
Palco Sunset: Tribute to Cássia Eller, Lenine + Nação Zumbi + Martin Fondse, Ira! + Rappin' Hood and Tony Tornado, Dônica + Arthur Verocai
Eletrônica: DJ Meme, Kerry Chandler, Barbara Tucker, Tribute to Lincoln Olivetti, Tribute to Raul Seixas
Saturday 19 September
Palco Mundo: Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Royal Blood, Gojira
Palco Sunset: Korn, Ministry + Burton C. Bell, Angra + Dee Snider + Doro Pesch, Noturnall + Michael Kiske
Eletrônica: Crookers, Headhunterz, Tropkillaz, A Liga, Chemical Surf
Sunday 20 September
Palco Mundo: Rod Stewart, Elton John, Seal, Os Paralamas do Sucesso
Palco Sunset: John Legend, Magic!, Baby do Brasil, Alice Caymmi + Eumir Deodato
Eletrônica: Matador, Pig and Dan, Gui Boratto, Flow & Zeo ft. Karina Zeviani, Elekfantz
Thursday 24 September
Palco Mundo: System of a Down, Queens of the Stone Age, Hollywood Vampires, CPM 22
Palco Sunset: Deftones, Lamb of God, Halestorm, Project46 + John Wayne
Eletrônica: Vintage Culture, Anderson Noise + Mau Mau + Renato Cohen, 2 Attack (Paula Chalup + Mau Mau)
Friday 25 September
Palco Mundo: Slipknot, Faith No More, Mastodon, De La Tierra
Palco Sunset: Steve Vai + Camerata Florianópolis, Nightwish + Tony Kakko, Moonspell + Derrick Green, Clássicos do Terror
Eletrônica: Alok, Felguk, Marcelo Cic, Volkoder, Hnqo
Saturday 26 September
Palco Mundo: Rihanna, Sam Smith, Sheppard, Lulu Santos
Palco Sunset: Sérgio Mendes + Carlinhos Brown, Angélique Kidjo, Erasmo Carlos + Ultraje a Rigor, Brothers of Brazil
Eletrônica: Matthias Tanzmann + Davide Squillace, DJ Vibe + Rui Vargas, Leo Janeiro + Leozinho, Conti + Mandi
Sunday 27 September
Palco Mundo: Katy Perry, A-ha, Aluna George, Cidade Negra
Palco Sunset: Rio 450 Anos, Al Jarreau, Aurea + Boss AC, Suricato + Raul Midón
Eletrônica: Life is a Loop, Diego Miranda + Rodrigo Shà, Ely Yabu, Amanda Chang
Lisboa, Portugal, and Madrid, Spain
Rock in Rio Lisboa
After the huge success of Rock in Rio 3 in Brazil, Roberta Medina decided to organize a festival of the same stature in Lisbon. The decision to maintain the name Rock in Rio was controversial, and detractors of the idea in Brazil started calling it Rock in Rio Tejo, after the Tagus river (rio Tejo, in Portuguese) which runs through the Portuguese capital.
The first edition of Rock in Rio Lisboa, as the festival was officially called, took place in 2004. Although the festival had a slight change of name, it kept the same structure as the Brazilian editions. An entire City of Rock, with an area of over 260,000 audience was erected at the Bela Vista park, with a large centre stage and several tents where different artists would perform, simultaneously.
Full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio Lisboa:
Rock in Rio Lisboa 2
The second edition of Rock in Rio Lisboa was held in 2006, on 26/27 May and 2/3/4 June.
Guns N' Roses
Xutos e Pontapés
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Corinne Bailey Rae
Rock in Rio Lisboa & Madrid (2008)
The third edition of Rock in Rio took place in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 30, 31 and June 1 and 5–6. The dates for Arganda del Rey, Madrid, were June 27, 28 and July 4–6.
Rock in Rio Lisbon III
Lenny Kravitz (and Daniel R.)
Xutos & Pontapés
Rock in Rio Madrid
El Canto Del Loco
Rock in Rio Lisboa & Madrid (2010)
Rock in Rio Lisboa IV
May 21 / 82.000
May 22 / 45.000
2 MANY DJS LIVE
João Pedro Pais
May 27 / 85.000
Xutos & Pontapés
Fonzie (replaced Sum 41)
Sum 41 (canceled)
May 29 / 95.000
May 30 / 38.000
Rock in Rio Madrid II
June 4 / 51.000
Paul van Dyk
Mägo de Oz (replaced John Mayer)
John Mayer (canceled)
June 5 / 85.000
June 6 / 90.000
June 11 / 30.000
Rage Against the Machine
June 14 / 48.000
Rock in Rio Lisboa & Madrid (2012)
Rock in Rio Lisboa V
Palco Mundo: Metallica, Evanescence, Mastodon, Sepultura, Tambours Du Bronx
Palco Sunset: Kreator + Andreas Kisser, Mão Morta + Pedro Laginha, Ramp + Teratron
Eletrónica Heineken: Chase and Status, DJ Set & Rage, Dr Lectroluv, Life is a Loop, Leo Janeiro, Tha lovely Bastards (Mad Mac and Nuno Lopes), Bis Boys Please, MC Johnny Def
Palco Mundo: Linkin Park, Smashing Pumpkins, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit
Palco Sunset: Xutos & Titas, Mafalda Veiga & Marcelo Jeneci, Rita Redshoes & Moreno Veloso
Eletrónica Heineken: Azari & III, The Magician, Punks Jump Up, The Discotexas Band, Miguel Quintão, Mirror People (Rui Maia/X Wife), MC Johnny Def
Palco Mundo: Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, Ivete Sangalo, Expensive Soul
Palco Sunset: Boss Ac & Zé Ricardo + Paula Lima, Orelha Negra + Hyldon + Kassin, Black Mamba & Tiago Betencourt
Eletrónica Heineken: Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Dyed Soundorom, Kings of Swingers (Renato Rathier + Mau Mau), Magazino, José Belo + Zé Salvador, MC Johnny Def
Palco Mundo: Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, Joss Stone, The Gift
Palco Sunset: Luis Represas & Joao Gil & Jorge Palma, Amor Electro & Moska, Ana Free + The Monomes
Eletrónica Heineken: Masters at Work (Louie Vega + Kenny Dope Gonzales), The Martinez Brothers, JohnWaynes Live DJ, Miguel Rendeiro, DJ Poppy, MC Johnny Def
Palco Mundo: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Xutos & Pontapés, James, Kaiser Chiefs
Palco Sunset: Rui Veloso + Erasmo Carlos, David Fonseca + Convidado, Carminho + Convidado
Eletrónica Heineken: DJ Harvey, DJ Vibe, Dop Live, DJ Dixon, Stereo Addiction, Mc Johnny Def
Rock in Rio Madrid III
Maná, Lenny Kravitz, Luciano, Macaco
7/5 ThursdaySwedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris
7/6 Friday — "Noche Electrónica"
David Guetta, Pitbull, Erick Morillo, Pete Tong, Afrojack, Wally Lopez, Martin Solveig
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Gogol Bordello, Deadmau5
Rock in Rio Lisboa (2014)
Rock in Rio Lisboa VI
Rock in Rio Lisboa (2016)
Rock in Rio Lisboa VII
Rock in Rio USA
"Rock in Rio USA" was the first North American edition of the festival, being held in Las Vegas on May 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2015. The festival took place on two weekends, oriented towards rock and pop music. Rock Weekend took place on May 8 and 9, and Pop Weekend took place on May 15 and 16. It took place in the City of Rock (Las Vegas), located north of the Las Vegas Strip.
Rock in Rio USA Las Vegas (2015)
Friday May 8
Main Stage: No Doubt, Maná, The Pretty Reckless, Smallpools, Cirque du Soleil
Mercedes-Benz Evolution Stage: Foster the People, Gary Clark, Jr., Theophilus London, Saints of Valory
EDM Stage: AN21, Ftampa, Wax Motif, MVTH
Saturday May 9
Main Stage: Metallica, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead
Mercedes-Benz Evolution Stage: Deftones, Sepultura featuring Steve Vai, Coheed & Cambria, Of Mice & Men
EDM Stage: Alok, Caked Up, The Gaslamp Killer, Felguk
Friday May 15
Main Stage: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Echosmith, Ivete Sangalo
Mercedes-Benz Evolution Stage: Jessie J, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, James Bay
EDM Stage: Heidi Lawden, Valida, Jeniluv, Whitney Fierce
Saturday May 16
Main Stage:Bruno Mars, John Legend, Empire of the Sun, Big Sean
Mercedes-Benz Evolution Stage: Joss Stone, Magic!, Mayer Hawthorne, Mikky Ekko
EDM Stage: DJ Vibe, Lovefingers, Renato Ratier, Behrouz
The Rede Globo and RedeTV! Networks broadcast Rock in Río live in Brazil. In Latin America, TNT and A&E broadcasts the festival live..
In Portugal, Rock in Rio Lisboa is broadcast by SIC Radical.
List of historic rock festivals
List of pop music festivals
Official Rock in Rio website