Rock In Rio – Brazilian music festival that out-rocks even Glastonbury

If you missed out on Glastonbury tickets you might want to consider going further afield next June for festival.

Rock In Rio might not be that well known in the UK – but it’s one of the biggest festivals in the world and steeped in history.

The original 1985 concert featured headline sets from Rod Stewart, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Queen, which featured in the Bohemian Rhapsody film.

Despite the name, the Brazilian festival is much more than just rock and has had headliners from Nirvana to Stevie Wonder to David Guetta and is known for its diverse musical lineup as it is for its world record-breaking number of attendees.

David Guetta is one of the headliners at Rock In Rio
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More than 700,000 people from all over the world rocked out earlier this month with unforgettable performances on the opening weekend from Drake, Foo Fighters and Bon Jovi.

P!nk, original headliners Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Muse also took to the stage.

The festival runs for 14 hours each day not finishing til 4am and with nine stages, the New Orleans-style ‘Rock Street’, urban art, samba school parades, social projects, three Olympic arenas which have been transformed in different entertaining experiences: NAVE – Our Future is Now art installation, Fuerza Bruta (world-famous Argentinian theatrical experience) and the Gameplay Arena, which is dedicated to the gaming industry.

Iron Maiden were one of the original headliners for the festival
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This even features a life-size version of Pac-Man where you actually run around the maze chasing ghosts. There is also a Favela stage with unique content from local kids with 22 shows, a daily fireworks show and even its own theme song.

The scale of the festival has to be seen to be believed.

In 2004 Rock in Rio went on the road putting on huge outdoor festivals in Lisbon, Madrid and Las Vegas. And next year the festival is celebrating 35 years since the original with a huge show in Lisbon.

Taking place on June 20,21, 27 and 28 2020, although the line-up hasn’t been announced yet, the organisers are promising something special to commemorate their anniversary.

Kelly Allen got to sample the delights of the Brazilian festival
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Anyone who’s ever visited Lisbon will know of the city’s iconic Time Out Market – a carefully curated food hall of the best food and drink vendors, new and old, the city has to offer.

They recreated it at this year’s Brazil festival featuring celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations that were extremely reasonably priced and it’s expected to return to next year’s Rock in Rio Lisboa.

And best of all with temperatures in the 20s every day there’s no need to pack your wellies.

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