Rock in Rio

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Rock in Rio
Rock in Rio - Madrid 2012.jpg
Rock in Rio logo before a concert.
GenreRock, pop, indie, heavy metal
Location(s)Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Lisbon, Las Vegas
Years active1985-present.
Founded byRoberto Medina
Official Rock in Rio website
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For the album by Iron Maiden, see Rock in Rio (album).
Rock in Rio
Rock in Rio - Madrid 2012.jpg
Rock in Rio logo before a concert.
GenreRock, pop, indie, heavy metal
Location(s)Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Lisbon, Las Vegas
Years active1985-present.
Founded byRoberto Medina
Official Rock in Rio website

Rock in Rio is an event originating in Brazil. It is a series of music festivals held in three cities: Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Lisbon in Portugal and Madrid in Spain. In 2015, Las Vegas will be the fourth.

Five incarnations of the festival were in Rio de Janeiro, in 1985, 1991, 2001, 2011 and 2013, six in Lisbon, in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, and three in Madrid in 2008, 2010 and 2012. 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.[1] 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 festival in the world, with 1.5 million people in the first edition, 700,000 in both the second and fourth editions, about 1.2 million in the third, and about 350,000 people in each of the 3 Lisbon editions.



1985Rock in RioRio de Janeiro, Brazil
1991Rock in Rio II
2001Rock in Rio III
2004Rock in Rio LisboaLisbon, Portugal
2006Rock in Rio Lisboa II
2008Rock in Rio Lisboa III
Rock in Rio MadridMadrid, Spain
2010Rock in Rio Lisboa IVLisbon, Portugal
Rock in Rio Madrid IIMadrid, Spain
2011Rock in Rio IVRio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012Rock in Rio Lisboa VLisbon, Portugal
Rock in Rio Madrid IIIMadrid, Spain
2013Rock in Rio VRio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014Rock in Rio Lisboa VILisbon, Portugal
2015Rock in Rio VIRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rock in Rio Las VegasLas Vegas, USA

Rio de Janeiro[edit]

Rock in Rio[edit]

Queen performing in 1985.

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 full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio:

Rock in Rio 2[edit]

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[edit]

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 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.[5] 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[edit]

The Palco Mundo (World Stage) at the Rock in Rio 4
The Rock Street at the 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.[6] 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:[7][8]

Rock in Rio 5[edit]

Rock in Rio 5 was held on September 2013. The headline acts, chronologically, was: Beyoncé,[9][10] Muse, Justin Timberlake, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Iron Maiden.[11]

Lisboa, Portugal, and Madrid, Spain[edit]

Rock in Rio Lisboa[edit]

After the huge success of Rock in Rio 3 in Brazil, Roberto 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,[12][13] 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 200,000 m² 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:

Roger Waters in Rock in Rio Lisbon

Rock in Rio Lisboa 2[edit]

The second edition of Rock in Rio Lisboa was held in 2006, on 26/27 May and 2/3/4 June.

Rock in Rio Lisboa & Madrid (2008)[edit]

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

May 30

May 31

June 1

June 5

June 6

Rock in Rio Madrid

June 27

June 28

July 4

July 5

July 6

Rock in Rio Lisboa & Madrid (2010)[edit]

Rock in Rio Lisboa IV[14]

May 21 / 82.000

May 22 / 45.000

May 27 / 85.000

May 29 / 95.000

May 30 / 38.000

Rock in Rio Madrid II[15]

June 4 / 51.000

June 5 / 85.000

June 6 / 90.000

June 11 / 30.000

June 14 / 48.000

Rock in Rio Lisboa & Madrid (2012)[edit]

Rock in Rio Lisboa V[14][16]
Rock in Rio Madrid III[17][18]

Rock in Rio Lisboa (2014)[edit]

Rock in Rio Lisboa VI[20]
World Stage
May 25 (Sunday)May 29 (Thursday)May 30 (Friday)May 31 (Saturday)June 1 (Sunday)

Ivete Sangalo
Robbie Williams
Paloma Faith
Boss AC & Aurea

The Rolling Stones
Gary Clark, Jr.
Xutos & Pontapés
Rui Veloso with Lenine & Angélique Kidjo

Steve Aoki
Linkin Park
Queens of the Stone Age
Capital Inicial

Arcade Fire
Ed Sheeran
tribute to António Variações

Justin Timberlake
Jessie J
Mac Miller
João Pedro Pais & Jorge Palma


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