>>>Rock in Rio sets Lisbon on fire

Rock in Rio sets Lisbon on fire

The Portuguese capital is gearing up to sing along to lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, Queen+Adam Lambert, Maroon 5 and Avicii at the “world's biggest music festival”.
wish Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee were alive to see this.” Those were the words of Marky Ramone, drummer with legendary band The Ramones, and “this” is Rock in Rio, the festival that got punk sharing a stage with Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake. Such a range of styles is one of its distinctive hallmarks, because the self-proclaimed “world’s biggest music festival” doesn’t care about genres, it just cares about music.
‘The Boss’ first appeared at Rock in Rio in 2013, in Rio de Janeiro.
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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.
It'll be the first time Ariana Grande has performed in Portugal.
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But Rock in Rio doesn’t live on memories alone. New music stars, some of whom had barely been born when the festival started out, are also making waves here. Ariana Grande is one of the leading performers on 29 May. The 22-year old singer will be getting the audience dancing on the same stage as Avicii. This will be one of the last shows performed by the Swedish DJ, who is regarded as one of the best in the world. At the age of just 26 he’s announced that he plans to retire after this tour is over.
The ‘City of Rock’ will have five stages, shops, restaurants and attractions like ziplining and a big wheel.
People who don’t feel part of this new generation don’t have to worry, as Rock in Rio has music to suit every taste. Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup formed by Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry (Aerosmith guitar legend), will be resuscitating rock classics, just as they did at the 2015 festival in Rio de Janeiro. Meanwhile, pop will be supplied by Maroon 5, Fergie and Mika, plus the seventh Lisbon Rock in Rio will have a stage especially for upcoming new artists, featuring acts like Black Lips and Hinds. Alongside all this, there’s even a separate stage for Brazilian music and a set for EDM fans, which includes a dance floor plus a swimming pool, transforming an urban music festival into a fantastic pool party.

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