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Rock In Rio USA Dates, Ticket Info Released For 2015 Event

by Shawn Christ   Sep 20, 2014 17:57 PM EDT

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Next year's Rock In Rio concert extravaganza is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas for two weekends in May. 

The prestigious festival, which brings its name to U.S. soil for the first time, will occur May 8-9 and May 15-16 at the City of Rock MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, Consequence of Sound reports. Tickets are pretty steep: $298 for general admission per weekend and $498 for the VIP package. Ticketmaster will hold a pre-sale on Friday (Sept. 26). 

Previous Rock In Rio incarnations have taken place in Madrid, Lisbon and Brazil, where the festival originated. Acts like Queen, AC/DC, James Taylor, Guns N' Roses, Sting, Britney Spears, Mac Miller, Coldplay and Bon Iver have played the event in different locations spanning from 1985 to this year (Rock In Rio Lisboa VI took place in May). Billboard reported in April that the festival's expansion into the U.S. was due to a partnership between the people behind Rock In Rio and MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil and Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Companies. The partners invested $20 million to construct the City of Rock venue, which will be able to hold 80,000 people. For the Las Vegas event, organizers are planning to have a Ferris wheel, streets that will highlight other countries, 100 acts and six stages.

"It's like an amusement park with a lot of different attractions," Rock In Rio CEO Luis Justo told Billboard. "More than the talent itself, the experience that the crowd has at Rock In Rio is really different." Justo went on to talk about the world-class amenities. "We had our engineers design all the infrastructure, because we have the experience of premiere and world-class outdoor venues," he said. "It's all underground cabling, artificial grass, real toilets — it's a very premium festival experience." 

According to Justo, Rock In Rio will occur in Las Vegas in 2017 and 2019 as well. 

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