Brazil's Rock in Rio to Make US Debut in Vegas

posted by Ilana Dadras on April 24, 2014

Virtual Mockup via the festival

Las Vegas, Nevada -- The bi-annual Brazilian music festival Rock in Rio celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and has some exciting new offshoot events in store for festivalgoers worldwide.  

Following international editions in Lisbon and Madrid, the festival will make its US debut in Sin City in May of 2015. The location is the result of a partnership between Rock in Rio, Cirque du Soleil, MGM Resorts International, and developer Ron Burkle of The Yucaipa Companies - and rumor has it, the event will take place every two years until 2019.  

In true Vegas style, an extravagant 33-acre, 80,000-person capacity open-air venue called the City of Rock will be constructed for the event.  Five stages will be spread across the grounds, and festivalgoers will traverse specially designed US, UK, and Brazilian "streetscapes" complete with appropriate food, shopping, and graffiti.  The mock-up video shows a 400-foot zip line shooting over the crowd, a ferris wheel, art installations, and more.  

Festival grounds will remain in tact for other events like boxing or UFC matches, jazz festivals, and possibly even professional soccer.

The 4-day event has not released a lineup yet, but past installments of Rock in Rio have featured BeyoncĂ©, David Guetta, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, and Bruce Springsteen.  Considering the popularity of EDM in Vegas, we're expecting a massive lineup with an electronic twist.  

Tickets don't go on sale until January 15 of next year, but you can register now to reserve your spot ahead of time.

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