Attendance Down At Rock In Rio Madrid

Attendance at the five-day Rock In Rio Madrid festival fell to 250,000 from the 290,000 who attended the five shows at the 2008 festival.

Rock in Rio founder and director Roberto Medina blamed the drop in numbers on bad weather on June 11 and the general economic problems in Spain. Metallica played the final day of Rock In Rio Madrid last night (June 14).

"I am generally content with the festival, but the government's cuts announced two weeks ago have had a negative effect, especially the wage-freeze for civil servants [government employees]," said Medina.

Also, the fourth day on June 11 starring Rage Against the Machine, Jane's Addiction and Cypress Hill, was hit by heavy rain and a slump in temperatures, with just 30,000 fans turning up. Pools of water and areas of mud were still visible on June 14, when the line-up also included Motorhead. The attendance on June 14 was said to be 48,000.

The second day on June 5, starring Shakira, Rihanna and Calle 13, attracted a record 85,000, according to Rock In Rio. The first day, with Bon Jovi, saw 51,000 fans pay the €69 ($84) daily entrance. The third day on June 6, starring Miley Cyrus, McFly and Amy MacDonald, was Rock in Rio Madrid's first 'Family Day' aimed at children, and drew a total of 36,000 kids and parents, according to organizers.

Medina confirmed that Rock in Rio, which was born in Rio de Janeiro 25 years ago, will return to the Brazilian city next year. In 2012, it is again slated for Madrid and Lisbon in neigboring Portugal.

Rock In Rio Madrid was not staged in 2009.

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