Born in 1985 and now a global phenomenon, Rock in Rio is truly one of the world's most iconic music festivals. Just look at the sheer scale of the numbers when it comes to crowd sizes, legendary performances and global reach, and it's clear the Brazilian stalwart is an event like no other.
The festival returns to its spiritual home of Rio de Janeiro in 2019 as part of the two-year cycle that see the event held alternately between Brazil and Portugal, and it's shaping up to be another landmark occasion in the company of some of the world's biggest music stars. So with that in mind, here's the key info about the upcoming edition.
When is it?
The festival is held across two consecutive weekends, from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September and Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 October.
Where is it?
Although all instalments of the Brazilian festival have been held at the 'City of Rock', the most recent editions (since 2011) have been held at the new City of Rock in the Olympic Park (Barra da Tijuca), around 2km from the original venue that was purpose-built for the 1985 debut.
Global megastars Drake, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, IRON MAIDEN, P!nk, Muse, and Imagine Dragons are the eight artists given the highest billing on the Rock in Rio main stage, but across the seven days of the festival there will be performances from more than 150 different acts.
Pop fans can enjoy the likes of Charlie Puth, Jessie J, Bebe Rexha, Anitta, Black Eyed Peas and more, while electronic music fans are incredibly well catered for by the New Dance Order stage lineup, featuring some of the world's biggest names in EDM, house, techno, trance and more.
For those who like things heavier, Friday 4 October is being billed as 'metal day' with Scorpions, Helloween, Sepultura, Slayer, Anthrax, Torture Squad and Nervosa all joining the aforementioned headliner IRON MAIDEN.
Is there anything other than music?
Yes, a huge part of the Rock in Rio experience comes from all of the non-music activities and spectacles that take place across both weekends. Whether that's the celebrated gourmet food market, breathtaking performances from the famous Fuerza Bruta theatre company, spectacular firework displays, or rides on the Ferris wheel, zip line and rollercoaster (among many, many others).
What does it look like?
Check out the highlights from the last edition to get a flavour for the Brazilian festival giant
What does it sound like?
With so many different styles of music on the festival's expansive and extensive programme, the festival really does offer something to all manner music fans. Below are official playlists from the festival that capture the sound of each day at Rock in Rio 2019.
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