Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Jessie J And Bleachers added as Rock In Rio USA performers

Rock in Rio, the legendary music festival celebrating its 30th anniversary, has announced additional artists for the lineup of its first Stateside edition, taking place May 8th and 9th and May 15th and 16th in Las Vegas. Over four days, the City of Rock, an open air venue located on The Las Vegas Strip, will welcome some of the biggest names in music including Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Linkin Park, No Doubt, Mana, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J, among others. Tickets for the festival go on sale January 20th at

During a press event hosted at the Village Studios in Los Angeles, where Charli XCX performed an acoustic set of some of her hits, the festival’s organization announced the lineup additions. New additions to the first weekend, dedicated to rock music, include The Pretty Reckless and Hollywood Undead on the Main Stage, as well as Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr, Bleachers, Saints of Valory and Of Mice & Men on the Sunset Stage.  They join previously announced Main Stage performers No Doubt, Metallica, Linkin Park and Mana, and Sunset Stage artists Deftones, Sepultura (featuring Steve Vai) and Coheed and Cambria.

The second weekend, May 15th and 16th, will feature a pop-centric lineup with Sam Smith, Echosmith, Empire of the Sun and Ivete Sangalo added on the Main Stage, and Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Magic!, James Bay and Mikky Ekko added on the Sunset Stage.  Previously announced performers for the second weekend include Taylor SwiftBruno Mars and Ed Sheeran on the Main Stage, as well as John Legend and Joss Stone on the Sunset Stage.

Performances on the Main Stage and Sunset Stage will alternate timing, allowing audiences to see every artist on the lineup.

May 8

Main Stage: No Doubt, Mana, The Pretty Reckless
Sunset Stage: Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr, Bleachers, Saints of Valory

May 9

Main Stage: Metallica, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead
Sunset Stage: Deftones, Sepultura (feat. Steve Vai), Coheed and Cambria, Of Mice & Men

May 15

Main Stage: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Echosmith, Ivete Sangalo
Sunset Stage: Jessie J, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, James Bay

May 16

Main Stage: Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Empire of the Sun
Sunset Stage: John Legend, Joss Stone, Magic!, Mikky Ekko

The City of Rock, a permanent open-air concert venue, will be located on The Strip near the corner of Sahara Avenue and spread out over 40 acres. With a capacity of 85,000 people per day, the venue will include a ferris wheel and a 64 foot high zip line that stretches 600 feet across in front of the Main Stage, which is 262 feet long in itself. The venue also includes a VIP area that can accommodate up to 4000 people, featuring air conditioning, an all-inclusive buffet and open bar (certain premium liquors available for additional purchase) and a unique view of the City of Rock. In addition, The City of Rock will feature three Rock Streets – themed streets that will welcome attendees to experience an entirely new and exciting kind of music festival and to enjoy the eclectic cultures of the U.S., the UK and Brazil.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.