The Rock in Rio festival is coming to the United States for the first time ever next year, with a four day event being held in Las Vegas. Taylor Swift and Metallica are among the names already announced for the event, which will coincide with the festival’s 30th anniversary.
Taylor Swift will be helping bringing Rock in Rio to Las Vegas next year
The event will be held at Las Vegas’s MGM Resorts Festival Grounds and is set to take place on the weekends of May 8th-9th and May 15th-16th 2015. Alongside Swift and Metallica, Linkin Park and No Doubt have also been confirmed, as have John Legend and the Deftones who will be performing on the Sunset Stage.
Festival organisers are also working with Cirque du Soleil to create a permanent open-air venue named "City of Rock" which would feature six stages spread out over 37 acres on the Strip. The festival grounds would also include a zipline and three themed "Rock Streets" built around the music and culture of the U.S., the U.K. and Brazil.
The first Rock in Rio festival was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1985 with a lineup featuring Queen, AC/DC, Rod Stewart and Iron Maiden. The festival would later grow to host events in Spain and Portugal.
The line up for the 2015 Las Vegas event was announced on Friday (September 26th) with an event at New York's Times Square which featured performances by John Mayer and Brazil’s Sepultura.
The next Brazilian Rock in Rio has been announced for September 2015, with a line-up including Katy Perry and John Legend.
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