Las Vegas is certainly no stranger to the worldwide stage. This neon city features world class cuisine and entertainment that attracts guests from every corner of our planet. This past weekend Rock In Rio added another jewel to the Las Vegas crown.
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. No stranger to the world of music, this 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.”
Many are probably asking who took to the many stages of this iconic event. We witnessed history in the making starting on the first day that 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.” On the Main Stage the first day legends included Maná, The Pretty Reckless, Smallpools and Cirque Du Soleil, which opened the Main Stage with a performance created especially for Rock in Rio USA. Over at the The Mercedes-Benz Evolution Stage, high-energy performances by Foster the People, Gary C lark Jr., Theophilus London and Saints of Valory entertained the enthusiastic crowd.
Saturday, eager fans rushed through the gates in excitement of headliner Metallica’s highly anticipated return to Las Vegas. They camped out stage side all day to see this iconic band. Metallica didn’t disappoint them with a set including “One,” “Turn the Page” and “Enter Sandman. The Main Stage exploded with performances by Linkin Park, Rise Against and Hollywood Undead. Of course The Mercedes-Benz Evolution Stage also delivered a solid lineup as well with performances by Deftones, Sepultura feat. Steve Vai, Coheed ,Cambria and Of Mice and Men.
Cuisine and spirits flowed all day and into the early morning hours with three themed Rock Streets. These streets of delight were heavily trafficked both days as guests experienced the best of Brazil, the U.S. and U.K. with street performances, food and unique cultural experiences. A few of the crowd favorites included performances by the Spock Frevo Orquestra, the Street Dance Crew and Pepeu Gomes. Throughout the day and night a zip line operated to capacity all day while more than 2,000 festivalgoers enjoyed the view, 64 feet high above the Main Stage.
This venue is brand new located on the famed Las Vegas strip 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. This venue takes Las Vegas to a whole new level offering festival grounds that can accommodate thousands for multiple day events.
For those who missed week one, tickets are still available for week two. The second weekend, May 15-16, will feature a pop lineup with some of the biggest names in music including Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Charli XcX, Echosmith and of course many more.
With talent like this we highly suggest you save your place at the main stage. 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. Join us and an experience Rock In Rio week two. You will remember it for a lifetime.