Rock In Rio Las Vegas:  Two Week Music Festival Kicks off

Rock In Rio Las Vegas: Two Week Music Festival Kicks off

After months of planning and construction, Rock in Rio USA kicked off on the Las Vegas Strip Friday night.

The people behind the music festival, which lasts two weekends, say that with a few last minute preperations, the first night went off without a hitch.

The gates opened at 3 p.m. for this weekend’s show, which featured rock bands like Linkin Park, Metallica and No Doubt. Next weekend’s line-up features pop artists such as Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift.

Event organizers said many of the big name acts rolled into town early; No Doubt and Metallica began sound checks Thursday.

Organizers said they were making sure everything was ready before the gates open.

Traffic restrictions/road closures

“We are finalizing details, the details in decorations, preparing equipment in the bars. Vendors are preparing their stores; cleaning the whole space; taking out the big machines and doing the sound checks already,” said Rock in Rio USA vice president Roberta Medina.

If you’re headed to Rock in Rio, organizers urge you to take some precautions. Drink a lot of water ahead of time, arrive early and don’t try to drive to the event. There is no parking on site.

There are public transportation options, however, to get you to the show.

Several lanes near Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue will close for the festival. Daily closures run from 1 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Las Vegas Boulevard will be down to one southbound lane between St. Louis Avenue and Convention Center Drive. It will only be open to residents and hotel guests.

One northbound lane will be closed between Desert Inn Road and Sahara.

Circus Circus Drive will close between Industrial Road and Las Vegas Boulevard.