RIO DE JANEIRO: About 100,000 people bowed out Friday in Brazil for the start of the world’s biggest music festival, Rock in Rio, presenting an all-star lineup including Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay.
The event is likely to attract 700,000 people over its week long run, with around 100,000 a day turning out to see some of the biggest titles in pop and rock belting out tunes on Rio de Janeiro’s shoreline.
The mega show sold out to ticket holders paying from dollar 50 to100 is taking place in the “City of Rock”, a specifically built venue on the site of what will be the future Olympic Village when Rio hosts the 2016 Summer Games.
Other musicians to follow later in the week contain Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, the Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Jamiroquai, Metallica, Maroon 5, Guns N’ Roses, and top Brazilian singers such as Ivete Sangalo.
“Rock in Rio is to Brazil what Woodstock was to the realm,” one of the organizers, Roberta Medina, said.
The “City of Rock” was motivated by the US city of New Orleans and features 20 bars and restaurants, 50 shops and various little musical and performance events. It also has a roller-coaster and a giant Ferris wheel.