Rock in Rio has announced a number of big names that will serve as headliners for the seven-day Brazilian music festival: Katy Perry, Faith No More, John Legend, Slipknot, System of A Down and Queens of The Stone Age. The event is traditionally referred to as "the world's biggest music festival" and drew more than one million attendees during its 2013 edition (from Consequence of Sound).
This year's festivities will begin from September 18-20 and then pick up for September 24-27 in Rio de Janeiro.
Although the six acts listed above are certainly eye-catching, some of the other "smaller" acts announced may be just as interesting to music fans: Norwegian pop group A-ha—best known to Western audiences for its smash single "Take On Me"—will play its first show since 2011, the first event to celebrate the group's 30th anniversary. Another high profile project on the lineup is The Hollywood Vampires, a recently announced "super group" featuring vocalist Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and, oddly enough, actor Johnny Depp.
Rock in Rio 5 (this year's edition will be its sixth) hosted Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and more during 2013.
Not to worry if you can't get down to Brazil for the event however, as Rock in Rio will bring its first rendition to the United States during 2015, occurring in Las Vegas during May. One weekend will be dedicated to more popular fare such as Taylor Swift, No Doubt and Sam Smith, while the other will put the "rock" in "Rock in Rio" with Metallica, Linkin Park and more. The festival franchise also hosts events in Lisboa, Portugal and Madrid.
If you can get down to Rio, keep your eyes out. Tickets will be going on sale shortly at RockInRio.com.