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U.S. debut of Rock in Rio draws 172,000 festivalgoers | News

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U.S. debut of Rock in Rio draws 172,000 festivalgoers
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LAS VEGAS -- Officials of Rock in Rio said the two weekend music festival welcomed more than 172,000 attendees.

The four day event featured a rock heavy lineup in its first weekend with acts that included No Doubt, Metallica, Linkin Park and Foster the People.

Weekend two included pop powerhouse acts Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, with Bruno Mars closing out the festivities.

Rock in Rio officials say around 82,000 people attended the festival on May 8 and 9, while around 90,000 people attended May 15 and 16.

“We're absolutely thrilled with the experience of Rock in Rio U.S.A. It was so exciting seeing the audience discovering the City of Rock and enjoying all it had to offer – from talent to attractions, food and the Rock Street's unique atmosphere. We want to thank the U.S. audience for welcoming us so well to the most competitive market in the world, and we are excited for what's to come!” said Roberta Medina, Executive Vice President of Rock in Rio USA.

Officials say 47 states were represented among festivalgoers, with people coming from all over the world, including a large representation from Brazil – where the festival originated from. 

This was the first time the event has been held in the U.S.

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