Rihanna and Rod Stewart return to Rock in Rio 2015

6176769555_4c1bdd6ee7_bRihanna has been confirmed as the headline act at Rock in Rio on Saturday, 26 September 2015. The singer last played Rock in Rio in 2011when she shared the bill on the opening night with Elton John and Katy Perry. Perry also returns this year and will headline on Sunday, 27 September.

Rod Stewart returns to headline the night of 20 September. Stewart, like Queen, played at the first rock in Rio in 1985.

Other recent additions to the line up include Sam Smith, Royal Blood, Motely Crue , The Script and One Republic.

So far confirmed are:

Friday, 18 September: Queen, One Republic, The Script

Saturday, 19 September: Metallica, Motley Crue, Royal Blood

Sunday, 20 September: Rod Stewart, John Legend

Thursday, 24 September: System of a Down, Queens of the Stone Age, Hollywood Vampires, CPM 22

Friday, 25 September: Slipknot, Faith No More, Mastodon, De la Terra

Saturday, 26 September: Rihanna, Sam Smith

Sunday, 27 September: Katy Perry, Ah-Ha, Cidade Negra



Rock in Rio 2015 takes shape

RiR 05-2Queen, the stars of the first ever Rock in Rio in 1985 (photo), and Metallica are the latest acts to be added to the line-up for Rock in Rio 2015. Metallica last played Rock in Rio in 2013.

Queen and Metallica join other acts announced that include Katy Perry, who also performed in 2013, John Legend, A-Ha (that attracted a crowd of 198,000 in 1991 when the festival was staged at the Maracãna), System of a Down, Queens of the Stone Age (who played in 2001), Slipnot (who played in 2011), Faith No More (who played in 1991), and Hollywood Vampires, the new super group made up of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry.

The festival takes place between 18 and 27 September 2015 close to where the Olympic Village is being built. Prior to that, in May, Rock in Rio will be staged for the first time in Las Vegas.


Happy 450th Birthday Rio!

Rio 450On 1 March 2015 the city of Rio de Janeiro celebrated the 450th anniversary of its founding. The date relates to the first time the Portuguese really made an effort to set up a colony in Rio after driving out the French.

The Portuguese Government had first ordered the Governor General of Brazil, Mem de Sá, then resident in Bahia, to expel the French colony in 1560. His fleet entered the harbour of Rio on 21 February 1560, and in just two days he had taken control of the settlement. His job done, Mem de Sá returned to Bahia but without taking the precaution of establishing his own garrison. With Mem de Sá’s departure, the French returned, this time to set up camp on the mainland close to what is today Catete.

It would not be until 1565 that the Portuguese returned to Rio under the command of the Governor General’s nephew, Estácio de Sá, who landed on 1 March of that year (the date of the 450th anniversary)  just west of Sugar Loaf. A bitter two-year struggle then ensued with the French defeated by the arrival of Mem de Sá himself on 18 January 1567. Two days later, on 20 January, Estácio de Sá was mortally wounded by an Indian arrow while in combat with the French settlers and their native allies. With the death of his nephew, Mem de Sá moved the site of the new town to Morro do Castelo, an area in front of what is today Santos Dumont Airport.

For a full history of Rio de Janeiro CLICK HERE


FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015

967px-2015_FIFA_Women's_World_Cup_logo.svgThe draw has been made for the 2015 FIFA’s Women’s World Cup that will be played in Canada between 6 June and 5 July.

The championship, like the men’s version, has been played every four years since the  inaugural tournament held in China in 1991. The United States beat Norway 2-1 in the final, to become winners of the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup. The current title holder is Japan.

The United States and Germany have won the championship twice, and Norway and Japan once each. Brazil made the final in 2007, losing to Germany, and were third in 1999. Brazil’s Marta is the tournament’s top scorer of all time, along with Germany’s Brigit Prinz. Both have scored 14 goals.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is recognized as the most important international competition in women’s football and is played amongst women’s national football teams of the member states of FIFA, the sport’s global governing body.

Brazil is drawn in Group E in 2015 with Korea, Spain and Costa Rica.

The full draw for 2015 is:

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F


Rio’s carnival parade order for 2015

Carnival 2014Even on the eve of the World Cup there was still time on Monday, 9 June for the League of Samba Schools (LIESA) to make the draw to decide the date and order that the top samba schools in Rio de Janeiro will parade in 2015.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

  • Viradouro
  • Mangueira
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
  • Unidos de Vila Isabel
  • Salgueiro
  • Grande Rio

Monday, 16 February 2015

  • São Clemente
  • Portela
  • Beija-Flor
  • União da Ilha do Governador
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense
  • Unidos da Tijuca

The winner in 2014, Unidos da Tijuca, has again chosen to go out last on the final night.


IndyCar heads to Brasília in 2015

1957960_10151983345580848_2043962685_nIndyCar has confirmed that it is exploring a return to Brazil and is in discussions with event organisers in Brasília regarding a Verizon IndyCar Series race in 2015.

The race will held at the Autodromo Nelson Piquet, which has a 12-turn, 3.4-mile counter-clockwise layout for most of the races. The governor of the Federal District, Agnelo Queiroz, said the government will ensure all needed improvements are made at the track ahead of the race, which he said would be take place on 8 March.

“Brazil has a real history in Indy car racing and we would like to re-establish a championship race there as early as 2015,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of IndyCar. “We are engaged in on-going discussions toward this goal and hope suitable arrangements can be finalised soon.”

IndyCar sanctioned a Verizon IndyCar Series street race in São Paulo from 2010 through 2013, but local promoters weren’t able to secure the event in 2014 because of financial problems. The CART series was in Brazil from 1996-2000 with a race on an oval track in Rio de Janeiro. The race in Sao Paulo was held on a street course.

The Autodromo Nelson Piquet is also expected to host a MotoGP race in 2015.


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