Matchbox Twenty to play at Rock in Rio 2013

6th Mar 2013

Organisers of the Rock in Rio 2013 festival in Brazil have confirmed veteran US rock band Matchbox Twenty will be one of the headline groups.

Music fans heading to Brazil for the festival will be keen to find out that the band, led by singer and pianist Rob Thomas, will play on September 20 on the main stage - the Palco Mundo.

The rockers, who have already sold 30 million discs worldwide, will use the event to promote their "North" album, which was launched last year and is the theme of their tour later this year.

The festival, held between September 13 and 22, is the event's 13th edition since it launched in 1985 and its fifth in Rio. Crowds of up to 85,000 are expected on a daily basis at the so-called City of Rock, with almost 600,000 attending throughout the course of the festival.

Other acts already confirmed for Rock in Rio 2013 include Metallica, Alice in Chains, Sepultura, Ghost, Beyonce, Iron Maiden and Slayer.

The event was last held in Rio two years ago and attracted more than 700,000 people. The main acts in 2011 were Coldplay, Mana, Snow Patrol, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Shakira.

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