Best of the fest: 10 things you need to experience during your musical journey at Rock in Rio

While Rock in Rio USA is centered on live music, the onstage action is far from its only attraction.

City of Rock: A near 40-acre open-air venue located on the Las Vegas Strip that includes artificial grass and real restrooms, all for your comfort. For your convenience, the event will be cashless. Just set up your RFID wristband and leave your cards at home.

Zip line: 30 Seconds to Mars and Kaiser Chiefs have flown over concert crowds on zip lines, and now you can too! Can you imagine the experience from a 64-foot-high, 600-foot long zip line ride across the open-air venue, stretching atop a throng of fervor-filled festivalists?

The Rock Street experience: Inspired by the ambiance of the New Orleans streets, three Rock Streets showcase the authentic sights, music and food of the U.S., U.K. and Brazil. Each street is nearly 500 feet long and features its own stage. Colorful street performers, bands and artists help give these attractions their authentic flavor.

Food and beverage: Each Rock Street will offer distinct culinary selections for purchase, and throughout the venue, you’ll also find bars serving select food and drinks.

VIP area: Four thousand lucky punters will enjoy the air conditioning, open bar and all-inclusive buffet prepared by Wolfgang Puck chefs in Rock in Rio USA’s lavish VIP hospitality area. Daily passes run $498.

All the musicians: How do full sets from Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Linkin Park, Sam Smith and so much more sound to you? With performances on the Main Stage and Mercedes-Benz Evolution Stage alternating, everyone really can watch every single act for 10 consecutive hours at Rock in Rio USA.

Fireworks: As if Rock in Rio USA’s musical spectacles weren’t enough, each of the fest’s four days has a spectacular display of the real thing with a fireworks show.

Street dance stage: Rock Street USA is going to make you dance. That’s a promise. Onstage crews of professional dancers will show off American dance routines, from hip-hop to dancehall, hosted by an MC who keeps the music bumping throughout the night, spinning Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and other American superstars. And yes, there will be street dance battles — somebody’s going to get served — as guest crews from L.A. and Vegas go up against the event’s official Street Dance Crew.

EDM stage: With a design that resembles a spider, the EDM stage inside the City of Rock will place the DJ right in the middle of the dance floor — and the lineup (and decibels) will surely heighten the party’s mood.

Vegas in style: A massive festival like Rock in Rio is the perfect pairing for the extravagance of Las Vegas. So that you celebrate in style, Rock in Rio USA and MGM Resorts have created exclusive packages that include hotel and ticket packages and flight, hotel and ticket packages so that you can fittingly take on Vegas in great grandeur. Check out all of the details at MGMResortsVacations.com.

–Paul Rogers, Brand Publishing Writer

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