Rock in Rio USA now offering single-day tickets

Rock in Rio USA now offering single-day tickets
Work Crews prepare the EDM stage in preparation for the first Rock in Rio USA festival in Las Vegas. The stage will host the DJ's at the site near Circus Circus Casino. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Rock in Rio USA will now offer single-day general admission tickets, organizers announced on Thursday.

Set for consecutive weekends in May at a newly constructed site on the Las Vegas Strip, the festival splits its lineup between rock and pop acts. Both weekends will also feature a themed lineup of electronic acts.


No Doubt, Maná, Metallica, Linkin Park, Of Mice & Men, Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr. and Bleachers are some of the major acts who will play the rock-leaning weekend of the festival, scheduled for May 8-9.

Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, John Legend, Empire of the Sun, Ed Sheeran, Joss Stone, Jessie J, Tove Lo and Big Sean will appear during Weekend 2, May 15-16.

Single day general admission tickets will go for $169, with weekend passes priced at $298. VIP passes are $498 per day.

About 60,000 weekend passes have already been sold, roughly split between the two weekends, according to organizers. VIP passes for May 9 and May 16 have already sold out.

Rock in Rio's inaugural U.S. edition marks the 30th anniversary of the Brazil-born music festival.

Organizers teamed with MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil and the Yucaipa Companies to create a festival experience more akin to a theme park.

Spread over 40 acres on the Strip, the custom-made "City of Rock" will be able to accommodate 85,000 people per day.

Six stages are spread across the grounds (the electronic stage is in-the-round to offer a nightclub feel), which include a 600-foot zip line that will send fans flying over the main stage, a Ferris wheel in the shape of a giant roulette wheel and an attraction from official festival sponsor Mercedes-Benz called the Iron Schöckl, which will transport passengers in a G-Class SUV up and down a 44-degree slope that simulates a mountain.

The sprawling, 77,500-square-foot VIP structure includes two levels, vistas of the three primary stages and a balcony that stretches along its corridor. Aside from being air-conditioned, there's an open bar and a buffet catered by Wolfgang Puck, according to organizers.

There will also be streets themed after Brazil, the UK and New Orleans that will house 60 shops and restaurants and feature street performers.

The site, which cost $25 million to build and was paid for by MGM, boasts an underground infrastructure of water, sewage, electrical and data which allowed for permanent bathrooms to be built (a rare festival perk).

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