Rock in Rio Comes to Vegas: Metallica, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, No Doubt to Headline

By Jay Tilles

Rock in Rio will make its United States debut next spring.

The popular Brazil-based festival will come stateside May 8-9 and May 15-16, 2015, when it hits Las Vegas.

The dual-weekend festival will separate artists by genre, with rock acts playing the first, followed by pop acts the second. Headliners include Metallica, Linkin Park, No Doubt and Taylor Swift, and the full line-up will be announced in January.

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“Rock in Rio will build a permanent open air venue,” said the festival organizer in a release.  Built on the MGM property in Las Vegas, “The City of Rock will be equipped to receive 85,000 people per day. The festival will feature six stages, streetscapes representing Brazil, U.S.A. and the U.K., a Ferris wheel, a zip line and a VIP area.”

General admission two-day passes are $295, while a single-day VIP comes in at $495 per day with tickets available via Ticketmaster . VIP gusts have access to a special viewing area, open bar and gourmet catering.

Last week festival organizers held a news conference at the NASDAQ Building in Times Square, where the headliners were announced and a physical model of the festival grounds was revealed. Expected to draw more than 80,000 fans per day, Rock in Rio will be staged in alternate years beginning in 2015, with tentative plans for 2017 and 2019, reports the Las Vegas Sun.





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