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Rock in Rio USA reveals inaugural lineup, and it’s as massive as you’d expect

on January 14, 2015, 9:33am

In May, Rock in Rio will land in the United States for the first time with a two-weekend festival in Las Vegas.

Weekend one (May 8th – 9th) will cater to rock fans with Metallica and No Doubt headlining. Other confirmed acts include Deftones, Linkin Park, Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr., Coheed and Cambria, Rise Against, Sepultura, and Bleachers.

Meanwhile, weekend two (May 15th – 16th) boasts a pop-heavy lineup featuring Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Empire of the Sun, John Legend, Jesie J, Tove Lo, and Mikky Ekko.

Considered to be the world’s largest music festival, Rock in Rio has previously held festivals in Brazil, Lisbon, and Madrid. Its expansion into the US is the result of a partnership between the festival and Cirque du Soleil, MGM Resorts International, and developer Ron Burkle of The Yucaipa Companies. A deal is reportedly in place to hold the event once every two years between now and 2019.

The festival will take place at the newly constructed City of Rock, and it will feature all the state-of-the-art flash and pop you’d expect from Sin City. To be constructed near Circus Circus, the City will be a 33-acre, 80,000-person capacity open-air venue with five stages, including specific EDM and “indie” stages. As attendees traverse the grounds they’ll walk through “streetscapes” designed to feel like the UK, Brazil, and the USA, complete with geographically-appropriate food, shopping, and street art. There are also plans for amusement rides like a giant roulette table ferris wheel and a 400-foot zip-line which, if the mockups become reality, will take fans right in front of the main stage.

General admission and VIP passes are available through the festival’s website.