Rock In Rio Boasts Sting, Sanz
Sting is the latest artist confirmed to play the Rock in Rio-Lisbon festival, set for May 29-30 and June 3-6 at the Bela Vista Parque in Lisbon. As previously reported, Metallica will also perform onSting is the latest artist confirmed to play the Rock in Rio-Lisbon festival, set for May 29-30 and June 3-6 at the Bela Vista Parque in Lisbon. As previously reported, Metallica will also perform on the event's main stage, as will Alejandro Sanz, Guns N'Roses, Xutos & Pontapés, Ivete Sangalo and Rui Veloso.
Approximately 70 acts will perform 120 hours of music across several stages during the event. An average of 100,000 people per day are expected to attend. Along with the main, or "world stage," that will boast international as well as Brazilian and Portuguese acts, the Rock in Rio will also boast a "roots tent" with world music acts and an "electro tent" with DJs.
Rock in Rio-Lisbon is modeled after the original Rock in Rio, which debuted in 1985 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and had subsequent editions in 1991 and 2001. The first version of the fest featured performances by Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, AC/DC and others. The 2001 edition featured Britney Spears, Beck, Dave Matthews Band, R.E.M., Sting, James Taylor and Sheryl Crow.
Brazilian businessman Roberto Medina is once again organizing the event, which, as in years past, will have a strong social message. Among the outlets will be the "For a Better World" tent, which will feature speakers from around the world.
Some proceeds from Rock in Rio-Lisbon will benefit international children's organization Childreach.