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  • Writer's pictureCecilia Fonseca

Rock in Rio 2022 - What to Expect

Updated: Mar 13, 2022

At the beginning of 2021, the organization of Rock in Rio, considered one of the largest music festivals in the world, announced that their next event will happen in 2022. The festival is scheduled for September 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2022, at the City of Rock in Rio de Janeiro's West Zone. The ninth edition of the concert was originally supposed to happen this year but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization announced the new dates in March.

Not all the participants have been revealed yet, but we can certainly count on the presence of music icons on the "Palco Mundo", such as Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Iza, Ivete Sangalo, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Dream Theater, Sepultura, Post Malone, etc. During the first day of the festival, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Megadeath, and Sepultura + Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira will be the first to open the show, starting off with the right foot

The schedule is the following:

→ 09/03 - Post Malone, Marshmello, Jason Derulo, ALOK

→ 09/04 - Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Iza,

→ 09/08 - Joss Stone, Corrine Bailey Rae, Gloria Groove, Duda Beat

→ 09/11 - Ivete Sangalo

Musicians who will play from 09/05 to 09/10 and the ones who are playing during 09/11 other than Ivete Sangalo are soon to be released.

We all have set pretty big expectations for this since Rock in Rio is one of the most-awaited events in the entire year, but how did it become such a huge deal?

In 1985, when Roberto Medina created Rock in Rio and the first show took place, it was already an immediate success. The festival lasted 10 days, occupying about 250 thousand meters in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. There were more than 80 meters of the stage with 15 national and 16 international attractions. Artists and bands such as Rod Stewart, AC DC, and Queen were present at the newest Brazilian show. The audience of the first edition, which holds the record until today, had more than 1.38 million people, marking the history of the first of many Rock in Rio's. To date, there have been 19 festivals, 2038 artists, 9.5 million people watching (all years combined), 73,000 trees donated to Amazon, 212,500 jobs generated, 12 million online fans, "112 days of magic", and over 143 million people reached on social media in 2017.

All the editions of the festival until today have been spectacular. The artists, the music, the energy transmitted have been immaculate and I believe Rock in Rio 2022 will be no different. Just by the artists presented until now, we know that it will be impossible not to have fun. After almost two years in a pandemic, Rock in Rio can "restore" the energy of partying, celebrating, and making things go back to the way they were before. Feels good, doesn’t it?

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