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The pageant took Lisbon by storm (Image: [email protected])

Set in Bela Vista Park, the location is round quarter-hour by taxi from Lisbon metropolis centre. This means you don’t have to decide on between a metropolis break and the pageant – you are able to do each. And with the larger acts beginning at round 7pm (the occasion ends at 12.30am), you may have a full day of sightseeing earlier than you swap your shorts for sequins.

Rock show at Bel Vista

Rock present at Bel Vista (Image: [email protected])

Acts are divided into genres throughout the weekends, be it rock, pop, or R&B, for instance. We have been there for weekend one, rock and pop. Day one noticed Liam Gallagher, The National and 

Once on web site, the world itself is formed like a bowl, the stage on the backside finish, VIP on the prime, with sloping hillsides between the 2. This means regardless of the place you stand you could have view of the acts you got here to see. Spanning throughout two weekends, Rock in Rio Lisboa is a collection of 4 day festivals somewhat just like the BST Hyde Park exhibits within the UK.

play to the 80,000-capacity crowd; whereas day two noticed Yvette Sangalo, Ellie Goulding and the Black Eyed Peas hit the stage.

Mundo Davidcar gets passionate during performance

Mundo Davidcar will get passionate throughout his efficiency (Image: Rerra Tine)

But if not one of the music tickles your fancy, there’s loads to do elsewhere, from a pool social gathering to culinary demonstrations within the Chef’s Garden.

Set off to the aspect of the primary enviornment, the Chef’s Garden is a beautiful little space, with a mouth-watering number of avenue meals, in addition to picket cabanas to relax out underneath. Elsewhere there’s an in depth gaming space, during which we chanced upon a cosplay present, and by the Galp Music Valley stage there’s a beautiful woodland underneath that are an array of orange hammocks and twinkling festoon lighting.

Festivalgoers take a break from the musical action

Festivalgoers take a break from the musical motion (Image: Chefs Garden_Tauchen)

As I wandered round Rock in Rio I used to be impressed. Facilities are clear, remarkably so, even on the finish of the evening. Queues are quick, and there are greater than sufficient bars to hydrate a thirsty crowd.

Unlike some UK occasions, the place it is advisable to remortgage to purchase drinks, £4 will get you a good pint, or a glass of rosé. Significantly extra – round £275, which incorporates pageant entry too – will get you into the cavernous VIP space.

Although costly to enter, as soon as inside drinks from wine to cocktails are included, as is a continually topped up buffet. Entertainment is supplied by Brazilian pianist Glaucio Cristelo, whose covers of common rock songs are nothing wanting phenomenal. If feeling courageous – company can take to the mic too.

Black Eyed Peas delivering a great show

Black Eyed Peas delivering a terrific present (Image: Annekar)

So far so good, proper? But there are some downsides. The pageant is brand-heavy, from the mascots sweating in the summertime warmth, to the extreme quantity of VIP enclosure packing containers that line the perimeters.

We lapped up Vodafone’s hospitality on evening one, however evening two selected to hitch the throngs of revellers dancing within the crowd. “It’s scorchio,” drawled Liam Gallagher, wrapped up in a parka within the 28 diploma sunshine.

Later, Muse – who changed Foo Fighters as headliner after the dying of the band’s drummer Taylor Hawkins in March this 12 months – performed a blinding set, packing in hits Plug In Baby, Madness and extra. If Rock in Rio Lisboa had a roof, it could have been blown proper off.

Rock show by Vodafone

Rock present by Vodafone (Image: The National_ANNEKARR)

The following day Brazilian pop legend Yvette Sangalo introduced the Rio Carnival to Lisbon – becoming as a result of Rock in Rio, because the identify would recommend, originated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Later, Ellie Goulding seemed visibly emotional as the group went wild for Love Me Like You Do, Burn and Outside, her collaboration with DJ Calvin Harris.

With no residential neighbourhoods close by to harass, the sound – each high quality and decibel stage – was glorious. Singers and bands have been pin sharp.  Indeed Will I Am’s autotune was laid naked because the Black Eyed Peas topped the night off with a energetic, if barely chaotic, set, ending with I’ve Got A Feeling.

Tonight’s going to be evening, they sang. And they weren’t improper.

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