In 1985, Roberto Medina set out to create an open forum for celebration and commentary in Brazil. His vision resulted in the creation of Rock in Rio, a global music festival that corrals the hottest acts from across the world and has them take stage in one incredible location. Since 1985, Rock in Rio has captured hearts and minds across Latin America and Europe and now makes its way to the United States for the first time. May 2015 marks 30 years of Rock in Rio, and for its big three-oh, the music fest is coming to the Entertainment Capital of the World.
For two weekends in May (May 8-9 and 15-16), the 33-acre lot previously occupied by the Circus Circus RV Park (R.I.P.) will host five stages’ and four days’ worth of international superstars from Metallica to Maná. Headliners No Doubt, Coheed & Cambria, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift are also confirmed for the rock-and-pop event, and they make up just a quarter of Rock in Rio’s still-unannounced lineup.
Situated on Las Vegas Boulevard across the street from chic new SLS Las Vegas, the open-air venue will also feature a roulette-inspired Ferris wheel, a 400-foot zip line, and three themed “Rock Streets” paying homage to the UK, USA, and Brazil. Each “streetscape” will feature music, art, and delectable dishes distinct to each region.
Rock in Rio wristbands previously available on a reservation-only basis through the festival’s official website can now be bought outright – right now – with the purchase of a Rock in Rio package from Benoic Ventures. These specialty packages offer accommodation for both weekends of the event: lodging at a three- or five-star hotel, airport transfers and, yes, those coveted admission passes.