February 6, 2019 2:46 pm
Updated: February 6, 2019 2:50 pm

Drake confirmed as headliner of Rock in Rio 2019

Drake will be a headliner on Sept. 27, the first night of the 2019 music festival.

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Thanks to a post from its official account, Rock in Rio has just confirmed that Toronto’s very own Drake will be one of the festival’s headliners this fall.

The 32-year-old will make his Rock in Rio debut on Sept. 27, the first night of the 2019 extravaganza.

“Drake will be the headliner of the first night of 2019,” tweeted a spokesperson of the festival in Portuguese.

“Here comes a remarkable and unforgettable experience in the City of Rock,” they added.

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A statement was further issued on the festival’s website expressing excitement and gratitude for his arrival.

“Holding the impressive title of most streamed artist in 2018, Drake’s appearance at Rock In Rio is bound to be a night to remember in Brazil, 2019.”

“For the first time, Drake is set to close out the night on Rock In Rio’s World Stage, promising a once-in-a-lifetime set for those in the City Of Rock on Sept. 27,” they concluded.

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Since 1985, Rock in Rio has gathered a gigantic lineup of talented musicians from across the globe to play in front of hundreds of thousands of music lovers. The festival has run annually since 2010.

Spawned in Brazil’s capital, Rio de Janeiro, the festival charted over to Lisbon, Portugal, in 2004, and then Madrid, Spain, in 2008.

Rock in Rio most recently introduced Las Vegas as a new home in 2015. It has alternated between the four cities since.

This year’s festival will return home to Rio in the legendary Cidade do Rock venue (or City of Rock).

Between the two main stages, “Palco Mundo” (World Stage) and “Palco Sunset” (Sunset Stage), 11 headlining acts have already been confirmed for the historical music gathering.

Here are the current headliners set for Rock in Rio 2019

World Stage

Drake (Sept. 27)
Bon Jovi (Sept. 29)

Iron Maiden (Oct. 4)
Pink (Oct. 5)
Muse (Oct. 6)
Imagine Dragons (Oct. 6)

Sunset Stage

Seal & Xenia (Sept. 27)
Lulu Santos & Silva (Sept. 28)
Jessie J (Sept. 29)

Slayer (Oct. 4)
Charlie Puth (Oct. 5)
King Crimson (Oct. 6)

Still, one headlining slot remains available. The choice for the World Stage’s Sept. 28 main act is being speculated to be a big one. The announcement is expected to be made shortly.

Iron Maiden performing live during their ‘Legacy of the Beat’ tour at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2018.

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You can find ticket details and additional information on the official Rock in Rio website.

Rock in Rio 2019 takes place between Oct. 27 and 29, then Oct. 3 to Oct. 6 respectively, at the Cidade do Rock in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

adam.wallis@globalnews.ca

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