Sting set to star

Sting is the latest artist confirmed to play at the Rock in Rio-Lisbon Festival, set to take place between May 29 and 30 and June 3 to 6 at the Bela Vista Parque in Lisbon. Metallica will also perform on the event’s main stage, as will Alejandro Sanz, Guns ‘N’Roses, Xutos & Pontapés, Ivete Sangalo and Rui Veloso.

About 70 acts will perform 120 hours of music across several stages during the event, which is expected to be attended by an average of 100,000 people per day. Along with the main, or ‘world stage’, which will boast international as well as Brazilian and Portuguese acts, the Rock in Rio will also boast a ‘roots tent’ with world music acts and an ‘electro tent’ with DJs.Rock in Rio-Lisbon is modelled on the original Rock in Rio, which debuted in 1985 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and subsequent events in 1991 and 2001. The first version of the festival featured performances by Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, AC/DC and others. The 2001 edition featured Britney Spears, Beck, Dave Matthews Band, REM, Sting, James Taylor and Sheryl Crow.