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Rock In Rio USA Festival Makes Explosive U.S. Debut in Las Vegas

Destination & Tourism | Ryan Rudnansky | May 18, 2015

Rock In Rio USA Festival Makes Explosive U.S. Debut in Las Vegas

Photo courtesy of Rock in Rio USA Facebook page

You only need to check out the photos and video floating around on social media and the Internet to get a pretty good idea of how popular the world-famous Rock in Rio music festival was during its two-weekend U.S. debut in Las Vegas.

But, for those of you who want to know the specifics, here are a few stats about Rock in Rio USA to back up the impact it made in Vegas over four days (May 8, 9, 15, 16): 172,000 attendees (including 82,000 for the first two days), 47 U.S. states represented and 600,000 visitors to the festival’s official website,

Of those 172,000 attendees, only 15 percent were actually from Vegas. Nearly one-fifth (18 percent) represented 32 different foreign countries, 30 percent of which were from original host country Brazil.

There were also 20 marriage ceremonies performed at the festival, while 4,000 festivalgoers enjoyed the zipline that zoomed over the audience (yes, there was a zipline that zoomed over the audience).

More evidence that Rock in Rio’s U.S. debut was a hit: In a survey conducted during the event, the public rated Rock in Rio USA a 9 out of 10, while 78 percent of respondents said they would be interested in attending Rock in Rio’s next edition.

"We're absolutely thrilled with the experience of Rock in Rio USA,” said Roberta Medina, executive vice president of Rock in Rio USA, via a release. “It was so exciting seeing the audience discovering the City of Rock and enjoying all it had to offer – from talent to attractions, food and the Rock Street's unique atmosphere. We want to thank the US audience for welcoming us so well to the most competitive market in the world, and we are excited for what's to come!"

The festival lineup included (just to name a few): Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, No Doubt, Metallica, Mana, Linkin Park, Empire of the Sun, Big Sean, The Pretty Reckless, Rise Against, Smallpools, Hollywood Undead, Cirque Du Soleil, Foster the People, Deftones, Gary Clark Jr., Sepultura feat. Steve Vai, Theophilus London, Coheed and Cambria, Saints of Valory, Of Mice and Men, Echosmith, Ivete Sangalo, Jessie J, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, James Bay, Joss Stone, Magic!, Mayer Hawthorne and Mikky Ekko.

Nearly 4,000 pounds of food was donated to Rock in Rio’s social project, “For a Better World,” during the festival, which was used for 12,000 meals. The food was donated to Christ Church Episcopal in Vegas.

Rock in Rio was held in Lisbon in 2014.

Check out some of the photos and video that came out of the festival below.


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