Rock In Rio Lisbon 2012 - Music Festival

Rock in Rio 2004

This music festival is one of the biggest in the world. With seven editions to date - three in Brazil, three in Lisbon and one in Madrid - Rock in Rio has brought together over 4.5 million people. The TV broadcast of Rock in Rio was seen by over one billion viewers in more than 70 countries. With this amount of attention, the Rock in Rio festival aims to promote a “better world”. Through music, this event intends to educate, create awareness and initiative, and help mobilise the younger generations to protect the environment. The “City of Rock” comes to life again in June 2010, with more great bands, with numerous tents for every musical taste, and lots of other attractions within the Parque da Bela Vista.

Rock in Rio began in 1985 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The place where the concerts were held became known as “City of Rock”, a name still maintained to call the Parque da Bela Vista in Lisbon when it holds the Rock in Rio festival. Some of the most famous bands of the 80’s played in the first Rock in Rio including Paul McCartney, Queen, Gilberto Gil, Rod Stewart, and AC/DC. Again in 1991 some of the great names that performed in Rio de Janeiro were Prince, Jimmy Cliff, and Guns n’ Roses.

Rock in Rio

In 2004, Rock in Rio began in Lisbon. The opening by Paul McCartney was memorable, as was the closing concert by Sting. For the duration of five days and during two weekends, the “City of Rock” received over 300 thousand people. Following great anticipation by all the Rock in Rio fans, the 2006 edition was a huge success. In 2008, Rock in Rio continued its internationalisation and also took place in Madrid. Lenny Kravitz, Alejandro Sanz, Joss Stone, Metallica and Muse were some of the few names that performed on the “Palco do Mundo”, the main stage.

One of the greatest attractions of Rock in Rio are the secondary stages, the Electronic and Sunset tents. Only in 2008 was the Sunset Rock in Rio tent put up, receiving musical artists and bands that boosted the success of Rock in Rio. With different musical styles in “jam sessions” there was a huge amount of improvisation, which made it a unique experience to those assisting.

This year, as in 2008, the charity fund raising is going to schools that present a good ecological program. The winners take home 15,000 euros to be invested in their school premises, already before the end of this school year. The main objective of this contest is to stimulate creativity, innovation, and to put into practice sustainable development materials. The Rock in Rio organisation believes it is through music and education that the younger generations will help create a “better world”.

For the 2012 edition the bands, artists and DJs are still yet to be revealed to the public, but it will certainly be a festival not to be missed.

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