In 1985, the image of an enormous crowd singing “Love of My Life” to an emotional Freddie Mercury during the first Rock in Rio put Brazil on the map of the world’s biggest—and most vibrant—music festivals. But beyond super productions such as Rock in Rio and Lollapalooza, the country offers a wide range of experiences for Brazilian and international music lovers.
Following the tradition, Brazilian festivals are a way for the people to engage, to demonstrate their political views and to celebrate. But, unlike the mega concerts focused on bringing foreign names to the country, festivals such as Bananada, João Rock and Meca aim to encourage national productions, presenting line ups filled with famous stars and new artists. Indeed, they end up boosting the career of names that, nowadays, are the core of Brazilian indie music scene or shine even in mainstream pop. Find more about them below: