ROCK IN RIO USA DEBUTS WITH 82,000 IN ATTENDANCE DURING FIRST WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR SECOND WEEKEND, MAY 15-16,
WHICH INCLUDES PERFORMANCES BY TAYLOR SWIFT, BRUNO MARS AND ED SHEERAN
Rock in Rio USA made its official U.S. debut this weekend in Las Vegas, welcoming 82,000 attendees in the festival’s first weekend. The legendary music festival, celebrating its 30th anniversary worldwide, brought some of the biggest names in music including No Doubt, Metallica, Maná and Linkin Park to the Las Vegas Strip for its inaugural U.S. outing.
“It has always been our dream to bring Rock in Rio to the U.S. and it is truly amazing to see this dream become a reality,” said Roberto Medina, founder of Rock in Rio. “We’ve felt so welcomed during the process of creating the Las Vegas edition of the festival and are grateful to have celebrated the debut with such a great crowd. We look forward to doing it all over again next weekend.”
The first day of the festival featured an incredible closing set by headliner No Doubt with hits like “It’s My Life,” “Hey Baby,” and an acoustic mini-set that included a version of “Simple Kind of Life.” Rounding out the Main Stage lineup for Friday were Maná, The Pretty Reckless, Smallpools and Cirque Du Soleil, which opened the Main Stage with a performance created especially for Rock in Rio USA. The Mercedes-Benz Evolution Stage welcomed high-energy performances by Foster the People, Gary C lark Jr., Theophilus London and Saints of Valory.
On Saturday, fans rushed through the gates in excitement of headliner Metallica’s highly anticipated return to Las Vegas. The iconic rock band didn’t disappoint with a set including “One,” “Turn the Page” and “Enter Sandman.” Other Main Stage performers included Linkin Park, Rise Against and Hollywood Undead. The Mercedes-Benz Evolution Stage also delivered a solid lineup with performances by Deftones, Sepultura feat. Steve Vai, Coheed and Cambria and Of Mice and Men.
The three themed Rock Streets were heavily trafficked both days as guest experienced the best of Brazil, the U.S. and U.K. with street performances, food and unique cultural experiences. Some of the most applauded performances were Spock Frevo Orquestra, the Street Dance Crew and Pepeu Gomes. Attractions including the zip line operated to capacity all day while more than 2,000 festivalgoers enjoyed the view, 64 feet high above the Main Stage.
The City of Rock, an open-air concert venue, is located on The Strip near the corner of Sahara Avenue and spread out over 40 acres. The venue includes a Ferris wheel and a 64 foot high zip line that stretches 600 feet across in front of the Main Stage, which is 262 feet long. The venue also includes a VIP area that can accommodate up to 4,000 people, featuring air conditioning, an all-inclusive buffet, an open bar and a unique view of the City of Rock.
SECOND WEEKEND TICKETS ON SALE
The second weekend, May 15-16, will feature a pop-centric lineup with some of the biggest names in music including Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Charli XcX, Echosmith and many more.
Tickets for the upcoming Rock in Rio USA festival in Las Vegas in May are on sale at rockinrio.com/tickets with general admission weekend passes available for $298, single day general admission passes available for $169 (while supplies last) and single day VIP passes available for $498. VIP tickets for May 16 have already sold out.
VIP Tables are also available for purchase through Light Nightclub (Hakkasan Group). The 40 VIP Tables offer a unique view of the Main Stage, exclusive access to the Festival and premium bottle service accommodating up to 15 guests. More information at [email protected].
General admission and VIP passes provide access to more than 10 hours of music and entertainment each day, as well as all attractions inside the venue. Re-entry is allowed once each day – wristbands must be scanned upon exit at the gate in order to re-enter that same day. In addition to general venue access, VIP ticket buyers will also have access to the VIP area, an air-conditioned tent with an all-inclusive buffet and open bar.
To secure your spot for Rock in Rio USA, visit rockinrio.com/tickets and choose your preferred section (General Admission or VIP); from now on all tickets purchased will be available at will call. Inside the venue, all purchases, concessions and merchandise, will be cashless using RFID wristband technology.
Rock in Rio USA Festival is open to All Ages; Children 16 and under are required to be accompanied by parent or guardian to enter the venue.
For pre-sale tickets for Rock in Rio USA, visit: rockinrio.com/tickets
FestPop Editorial Team