The 2018 Lowdown.

This year’s edition of Rock in Rio is taking place in Lisbon - the last time it was hosted here was in 2016. It changes location regularly, but started out in Rio de Janeiro in 1985.

It’s the perfect destination if you fancy extending a holiday in the Portuguese capital - with a weekend full of music and dancing. Taking place over two weekends - this is one of the biggest European festivals to get tickets to in 2018.

Number of attendees

350,000 attend the festival

Year founded


Music genres

Rock, Indie


Expect to see some huge artists headlining at this year’s event, here are some of the acts confirmed so far:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Muse
  • Demi Lovato
  • The Killers
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Bastille


You're guaranteed great weather in Lisbon in the summer months. You'll definitely need to take along sunglasses and sun cream as temperatures reach the mid-twenties pretty much every day.

10 hours of sunshine
23° It should be a warm weekend.
11% chance of rain.

Where to stay.

There’s no camping on site but plenty of hotel and hostel options nearby:

Food and drink.

Rock in Rio features plenty of bars and food stalls to choose from and in 2018 a number of top chefs are attending the festival to share their dishes. Here are just a few of the food stalls you need to try out:

  • Sea Me - Fresh seafood can be found here, with tuna, oysters, cuttlefish and shrimp all on the menu.
  • Fish Prego - Try the sirloin steak wrapped in handmade bread.
  • Manteigaria - Fabrica dos Pasteis de Nata - Haven’t had a Portuguese egg tart before? Head here to try out this traditional dish.


There's more than music at Rock in Rio. There's something for everyone from adrenaline junkies to dedicated areas for art lovers. Check out these extras.

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  • Pop District.

    This year, check out the new block in the City of Rock that features all things pop culture including comic and pop art, arcade games and performers dressed as iconic characters such as superheroes and movie stars.

  • Rides.

    There are zip lines and ferris wheels to have a go on while at Rock in Rio, so definitely check these out in your down time.

How to get there.


If you’re flying over, you’ll need to select the capital’s main airport. Lisbon Airport is 3.8km away from the venue.


The closest metro station is Bela Vista, just a 4 minute walk to the venue.

Shuttle bus.

A shuttle bus can take you to and from a number of locations in Portugal for a low price. Pick up locations include Coimbra, Estarreja, Feira, Porto, Albufeira and Lagos.

What to pack.

Wondering what to cram into that rucksack? Here's what to take along to this major event.


You want something lightweight that looks good. Cropped t-shirts are a smart option for the ladies.

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Long-sleeved t-shirt.

Perfect for the evening event - tie one of these around your waist if things hot up. Grandad styles look good and are made using thinner materials.

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Looks good all day, keeps you cool too. A jumpsuit is the perfect festival piece - look for a style in a strong print or bold colour to stand out in the crowd.

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Our guide on what to pack for a festival should tell you all you need to know, when you get that rucksack out.