Rock in Rio Celebrates 15th Anniversary in Portugal With Major Free-Entrance Event Featuring James, Ivete Sangalo and a Special Symphonic Concert Conducted by Maestro Rui Massena

The celebratory event takes place September 6-8 in the Tower of Belém, with free concerts by national and international artists, a unique video mapping show, and the biggest fireworks ever seen on Tejo River. 

Rock in Rio is celebrating its 15-year anniversary in Portugal with a majestic free admission event, which will be held in one of Lisbon’s ex-libris(the Tower of Belém) during September 6, 7 and 8, for an expected crowd of 150,000 people. 

The event presents itself as a true symbiosis of music, video mapping, pyrotechnics and entertainment, conducted by Maestro Rui Massena(on September 6), by the British acclaimed band James(on September 7) and by “Bahia’s hurricane” Ivete Sangalo(on September 8). Besides these exclusive shows that are being especially designed for the Celebration Event, during the three days audiences will also be able to see a unique video mapping and pyrotechnics performance, which will tell the story of Rock in Rio in Portugal. During the first day, Rock in Rio will also offer a special moment with the biggest fireworks ever seen on Tejo River. 

“Rock in Rio is part of the entertainment history in Portugal and Portuguese people are part of Rock in Rio’s. In September we will celebrate these 15 years the way we like and know the best: mobilizing the city to a huge party, where music and happiness will be king and queen,”states Roberta Medina, Executive VP of Rock in Rio.

This is the marquee event of Rock in Rio’s 2019 calendar lineup for Lisbon. Building Portugal’s entertainment offerings with live and digital content, Rock in Rio also brought the community Worten Game City,an event dedicated to the gaming industry, produced by Rock in Rio, last May, which reached more than 4 million people with thousands of contents published on social media. As well as Galp Music Valley Sessions, a four-show initiative which took place in Lisbon during April and May, which reached more than 3 million people, with videos that already have1.2 million views.    

About the artists
On September 6, 7 and 8, entertainment will start during the afternoon, with several street performances around the gardens of the Tower of Belém, with Tejo River as background. At the end of the day, on a stage especially created for this event, will take place great concerts of national and international artists. 

On September 6, an Orchestra composed by 60 musicians and conducted by Maestro Rui Massenawill perform a unique symphonic concert which will musically navigate through an history of 15 years, combined with the biggest fireworks that Tejo River have ever seen. This will also be a unique occasion to see one of the most renowned Maestros, whose masterpiece IIIhas earned an international stamp by the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon.

On Saturday, September 7, the Manchester band Jameswill take over the stage for an outstanding live show. After playing at Rock in Rio-Lisboa’s main stage in 2012 and, more recently, 2018, Tim Booth’s band, one of the most cherished bands by the Portuguese people, will be back at Lisbon for an exclusive show in which the fans will probably be able to listen and sing to “Sit Down”, “She’s a Star”, “Laid” or “Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)” – songs that marked a long career, stamped with an astonishing 20 singles on UK top 40, 14 albums edited and around 13 million sold copies around the world.

The last day of this celebration, September 8, will be conducted by “Bahia’s hurricane” Ivete Sangalo,the only artist present in all of Rock in Rio-Lisboa’s editions and a truly phenomenon around the globe. The Brazilian artist will offer Portuguese fans a unique show of light, color, dance and, above all, joy, bringing to Lisbon her contagious energy that will make fans “take their feet off of the floor” and sing from the beginning until the end. 

Rock in Rio-Lisboa will be back at Bela Vista Park (Lisbon) in 2020, for its 9th edition. Dates are already known – June 20, 21, 27 and 28.