The Maximus Festival will take place September 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and September 10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. German band Rammstein will headline the Maximus stage with Disturbed, Hellyeah, Halestorm and Hollywood Undead also playing. The Rockanstay stage will be headlined by Marilyn Manson, with Bullet for My Valentine, Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown and Finnish band Steve 'n' Seagulls also performing.
While the lineup may sound off-kilter for the uninitiated, considering Maximus is taking place in South America, metal fans have known that the genre is strong south of the border, particularly in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.
“Metal/hard rock is strong in South America,” says Move CEO Phil Rodriguez, who’s been booking Rock in Rio since its inception in 1985 and who rolled out Monsters of Rock in the '90s. Now, he says, “We felt there was a need for our company to carve out a festival space within the hard rock genre, with a new face and fresh approach.”
Rodriguez has been working on putting Maximus together for the past year and a half, until “the stars aligned.”
This includes a healthy dose of local talent, which will be playing at the Thunder Dome stage, headlined by British garage and blues rock trio RavenEye.
“Essentially, we wanted to build a cool ass festival for the younger, hard rock fans.”
Ticket information for Maximus will be made available May 27 at MaximusFestival.com.