By Leo Byrne, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the New Year fast approaching, Copacabana is engaged in final preparations for the upcoming New Year’s Eve festivities. Having already played host to a Stevie Wonder concert on Christmas Day, the ‘Palco Principal’ (Main Stage) is now being readied for the Reveillon celebrations. The sixteen minute firework display on Copacabana Beach is famous the world over, photo by Ricardo Bhering/Riotur. The shows on December 31st will see such Brazilian musical acts as as Diogo Noguiera, Claudia Leitte and the winner of the ‘The Voice – Brazil’ treading the boards opposite the Copacabana Palace. Further down the beach opposite Rua Santa Clara, the ‘Palco Claro’ will host the likes of Mariene de Castro, Olo Dance and Baby do Brasil. Party goers wishing to take in more live music can also choose from a selection of Rio’s top local DJs who will be playing on the remaining two stages located at located at Leme, and in front of Rua Xavier da Silveira closer to Arpoador. Events on the two main stages start at 8PM and will run without interruption save for a twenty minute break for the fireworks. The combination of live concerts, a spectacular firework display and millions revellers combine to make the Copacabana’s New Year’s party one of the best in the world. “This is a party for everyone, where two million people from different cultures and social classes receive the New Year with a peaceful and lively party.” Marisa Pinhero, the special secretary for the Rio Tourism Board (Riotur) told The Rio Times. To get the most out of the party, make sure to arrive early and to book a metro (subway) ticket in advance as the Avenida Atlantica will be closed from 3PM. Also it is a good idea to meet friends prior to arriving, and to arrange predetermined meeting points if anyone gets separated from the group. The Palco Principal hosts the biggest names and draws quite a crowd. Photo via Riotur/Alexandre Macieira “Have a designated meeting point if [you] lose each other, [as] cell phones stop working around 11PM”, Hakan Almerfors, owner of gringo-rio.com told The Rio Times. Leaving the area can also require some perseverance and planning. Although the party will go on until dawn, many people will begin to leave after the fireworks. “You can buy subway tickets in advance, as the metro is already selling them. Taxis and buses also run during the whole night. People just have to be patient because we are talking about two million people moving around.” Ms. Pinhero told The Rio Times. The most important piece of advice however is to get into the spirit of things and have fun. It is also a good idea to follow a few of the Brazilian New Year’s traditions. The full line up is as follows: Main stage (Copacabana Palace) 8PM – DJs MAM e Marcelinho da Lua 9PM – Diogo Nogueira 10:30 PM – Sorriso Maroto 12AM – Fireworks 12:20 AM – Claudia Leitte 1AM – Ellen Oléria – vencedora do programa The Voice 3AM – G.R.E.S. Unidos da Tijuca Claro Stage (Rua Santa Clara) 8PM – Mariene de Castro 9PM – Olodance 10PM – Baby do Brasil 12AM – Fireworks 12:20 AM – Grupo Revelação 1:40 AM – G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Salgueiro 2:20 AM – G.R.E.S. Unidos de Vila Isabel Rua Xavier da Silveira stage 6PM – Dj 7PM – Grupo vou pro Sereno 8:30 PM – Dj Brinquinho 9:30PM – Stylo X 12AM – Fireworks 12:16 AM – Stylo X 1AM – Dj Lesco 2AM – Dj Presuntinho Leme Stage 6PM – Start of program – Banda 7PM – Banda ou cantor convidado 12AM – Fireworks 12:20AM – Samba School 2AM – DJ 12 Responses to "New Year’s 2013 on Copacabana Beach" stephen garland December 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM Did they blow the budget on Stevie, always remember more impressive line ups in the past in relation to both local and international acts! Much better line up last year but the weather was such a shocker!! Big party whatever….Enjoy! Pingback: Rio Hostel Hit by Armed Robbery in Copacabana: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: New Year’s Eve – Monday, December 31st, 2012, Nightlife Guide | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 | HENRYPATRICK1736 Pingback: Record Numbers at Copacabana Reveillon 2013 in Rio: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Record Numbers for New Year 2013 | DLT News & Events Pingback: Record Numbers for New Year 2013 | Ritz Property Asia Pingback: Rio Carnival Blocos This Week: January 30 - February 5, 2013 | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Rio Carnival Blocos This Week: February 6 – 12, 2013 | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: What R$2,500 Rents in Rio 2013 | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Rio Prepares for World Youth Day (WYD) as Pilgrams Arrive | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Windsor Miramar Reopens in Rio on Copacabana Beach | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.