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On September 23, 2011, a variety of famous stars including Rihanna, Katy Perry and even Elton John set fire to Rock in Rio, world’s biggest music festival which kicked off in Brazil, attracting an estimated 700,000 people over the whole week.

It is the 10th edition of the Rock in Rio festival organized by Brazilian entrepreneur Roberto Medina. The first was in 1985, gathering an audience of 1.5 million over its week-long run, and the most recent edition in Rio was held in January 2001. As the start of this music festival, about 100,000 people turned out to see some of the biggest names in pop and rock belting out tunes on Rio de Janeiro’s shoreline. The mega-show was scheduled to take place in the “City of Rock” at a specially built venue on the site of what will be the future Olympic Village when Rio de Janiero hosts the 2016 Summer Games.

This year’s legendary Rock in Rio gathered a lot of famous faces: from best-selling artists Katy Perry, Rihanna and Elton John to top Brazilian singers including Ivete Sangalo. After a stunning fireworks display and several local acts, the US pop princess Katy Perry kicked off the event with her mega-hit “Teenage Dream” and screamed to the delight of the fans: “Hello Rio!” Elton John and Rihanna also performed on the event’s opening night. Other artists to follow later in the week include Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jamiroquai, Metallica, Maroon 5, Guns N’ Roses, and top Brazilian singers such as Ivete Sangalo. “Rock in Rio is to Brazil what Woodstock was to the world” one of the organizers, Roberta Medina said.

World’s biggest music festival Rock in Rio 2011 attracts an estimated 700,000 people over the whole week

World’s biggest music festival Rock in Rio 2011 attracts an estimated 700,000 people over the whole week

A stunning fireworks display as an announcement for the official opening of the music festival Rock in Rio, at the

A stunning fireworks display as an announcement for the official opening of the music festival Rock in Rio at the “City of Rock” in Rio de Janiero, Brazil on September 23

City of Rock, the performance site features 20 bars and restaurants, 50 shops and various little musical and performance events. Moreover, it also has a roller-coaster and a giant Ferris wheel

City of Rock, the performance site features 20 bars and restaurants, 50 shops and various little musical and performance events. Moreover, it also has a roller-coaster and a giant Ferris wheel

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According to Rio’s tourism officials, the week of concerts is expected to generate $450 million for the city and create 10,000 jobs directly and indirectly

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Singer Katy Perry rocks the crowd at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de Janeiro

Best-selling artist Katy Perry looks gorgeous in a pretty blue mini dress

Best-selling artist Katy Perry looks gorgeous in a pretty blue mini dress

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Singer Rihanna looks stunning in a black, white and red striped costume…

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…while performing at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de Janeiro on September 23, 2011

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British musician Elton John also takes on the stage at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de Janeiro

Gary Lightbody of Northern Ireland's alternative rock band Snow Patrol

Gary Lightbody of Northern Ireland’s alternative rock band Snow Patrol

A fan seems crazy prior to the performance of jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday Sept. 24, 2011

A fan seems crazy prior to the performance of jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday Sept. 24, 2011

Katy Perry at Rock in Rio Festival 2011

Related links:

iHeartRadio Music Festival 2011: Best Performances (Photos)

2011 Billabong Rio Pro: Amazing Moments

2011 Venice Film Festival: Best Dressed List

About the Author:

John Stevens is an Internet marketer and freelance photographer. He likes collecting photographs of celebrities, posting breaking news and writing articles to comment on outstanding events in the field of entertainment.

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