How Brazilians turned music festivals into political statements

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For the next two weekends, Rio de Janeiro is set to become the world’s music capital, as artists and fans from around the world gather to celebrate another edition of Rock in Rio, Brazil’s most famous festival. As usual, the Brazilian crowd is set to be a force of its own—with the power to leave the greatest artists breathless or make regimes tremble, depending on the mood. 

But, as Rock in Rio grew to become more of a lifestyle experience than a music festival, political demos have been in the background. For 2019, social media debates are focused on the...

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