Rock in Rio

Rock in Rio
Rock in Rio - Madrid 2012.jpg
Rock in Rio logo before a concert.
GenreRock, pop, indie, heavy metal
Location(s)Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lisbon, Portugal
Madrid, Spain

Rock in Rio is a recurring music festival originating in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It later branched into other locations such as Lisbon, Madrid and Las Vegas.

Seven incarnations of the festival have been held in Rio de Janeiro, in 1985, 1991, 2001, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017, eight in Lisbon, in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, three in Madrid in 2008, 2010 and 2012, and one in Las Vegas, in 2015. Brazilian entrepreneur and advertiser Roberto Medina was responsible for the inception and organization of the festival, as well as moving the 2004 edition to Lisbon, while controversially keeping the brand "Rock in Rio".[1] In 2011, Rock in Rio returned to its original location, Rio de Janeiro, with a new line-up of singers and groups.

Rock in Rio is one of the largest music festivals in the world, with 1.5 million people attending the first event, 700,000 attending the second and fourth, about 1.2 million attending the third, and about 350,000 people attending each of the three Lisbon events.

In May 2018, Live Nation Entertainment acquired a majority stake in the festival (including from previous stakeholder SFX Entertainment), with Medina continuing to manage the festival's operations. Live Nation stated that it intended to "[integrate] their industry expertise" into their overall business.[2][2][3]


Year Name Place
1985 Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1991 Rock in Rio II
2001 Rock in Rio III
2004 Rock in Rio Lisboa Lisbon, Portugal
2006 Rock in Rio Lisboa II
2008 Rock in Rio Lisboa III
Rock in Rio Madrid Madrid, Spain
2010 Rock in Rio Lisboa IV Lisbon, Portugal
Rock in Rio Madrid II Madrid, Spain
2011 Rock in Rio IV Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Rock in Rio Lisboa V Lisbon, Portugal
Rock in Rio Madrid III Madrid, Spain
2013 Rock in Rio V Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014 Rock in Rio Lisboa VI Lisbon, Portugal
2015 Rock in Rio VI Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rock in Rio USA Las Vegas, United States
2016 Rock in Rio Lisboa VII Lisbon, Portugal
2017 Rock in Rio VII Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2018 Rock in Rio Lisboa VIII Lisbon, Portugal
2019 Rock in Rio VIII Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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