Rock in Rio…Tagus
The decision to stick with the original name for the events held in other countries was a controversial one, but Lisbon proved itself to be a worthy heir to its Brazilian sibling. The banks of the Tagus replaced Copacabana beach, and instead of the Sugarloaf Cable Car, there's a tram that goes up to the ‘Bairro Alto’ neighbourhood.
The Portuguese capital is celebrating the festival’s coming of age. Rock in Rio has been going strong for 30 years, but it’s still feeling as fresh as ever. In May it’s taking over Parque da Bela Vista again, serving as the headquarters of Lisbon’s ‘City of Rock’. Five days, over 100 music acts and more than 50 artists will get audiences fired up for 12 hours of partying every day.
Bruce Springsteen will be appearing live on the Lisbon stage once again, this time as the headline act. In 2014 he made an unexpected appearance as a surprise guest invited by the Rolling Stones on their 50th anniversary tour. The elder statesmen of rock performed ‘Tumbling Dice’ together. On 19 May, ‘The Boss’ will be on the Palco Mundo (World Stage) with The E Street Band. You’ll have to buy a ticket to find out if ‘Their Satanic Majesties’ will be along returning the favour. Another hotly anticipated act is Queen + Adam Lambert. The original band played at the first Rock in Rio way back in 1985, and they still remember it as one of the greatest nights of their career. Back then, 250,000 people sang along to ‘Love of my life’ and managed to get Freddie Mercury all emotional. For Roberto Medina, festival founder and ‘wizard of rock’, it was one of the most unforgettable moments not just in the event’s history but in the history of music. Ready to make their mark once more, Queen + Adam Lambert “will rock you” on the night of 20 May when they take to the main stage.