The first ever US version of “Rock In Rio” is set to take place this May in Las Vegas, Nevada, stretching over 2 separate weekends, May 8-9 and May 15-16. The festival has taken a unique approach dubbing weekend 1 “Rock Weekend” featuring bands such as No Doubt, Metallica, Mana, Linkin Park, Foster The People, Gary Clark Jr, The Pretty Reckless, Rise Against, and Hollywood Undead. Weekend 2 has been dubbed “Pop Weekend” featuring major pop acts like Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Jessie J, John Legend, Charlie XCX, Tove Lo, Joss Stone and many others. Check out the full line-up here.
According to Alex Young at Consequence of Sound, The festival will take place at the newly constructed City of Rock, and it will feature all the state-of-the-art flash and pop you’d expect from Sin City. To be constructed near Circus Circus, the City will be a 33-acre, 80,000-person capacity open-air venue with five stages, including specific EDM and “indie” stages. As attendees traverse the grounds they’ll walk through “streetscapes” designed to feel like the UK, Brazil, and the USA, complete with geographically-appropriate food, shopping, and street art. There are also plans for amusement rides like a giant roulette table ferris wheel and a 400-foot zip-line which, if the mockups become reality, will take fans right in front of the main stage.