Rock In Rio is to auction instrumentation signed by acts who have played the festival in aid of their associated charity, which aims to plant a million trees in a deforested area around the Xingu River.
Having recently spread its wings to Las Vegas, Madrid and (this year) Lisbon, Portugal, the festival also runs a project called ‘Amazonia Live’, which aims to add a social responsibility aspect to the festival.
Amazonia Live has taken on a specific 400-hectare area at the headwater of the Xingu River as a 2016 project, and the area is being supported through reforestation and water preservation projects taken on in conjunction with local communities.
The signed items will be auctioned through eSolidar, and include guitars and other instrumentation inked by Bruce Springsteen, Brian May, Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, James, Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert, Joss Stone and McFly.
A similar auction last year featured signed items from Elton John, Katy Perry, Rod Stewart and Motorhead, and raised in excess of £27,000 for a similar project based around the Guandu River.
This year’s Rock In Rio (Lisbon) Festival takes place in late May, and will feature Bruce Springsteen, Queen and Adam Lambert, Fergie, Mika, Stereophonics and Black Lips.
Springsteen has been speaking on LGBT rights recently, making a stand on the North Carolina ‘bathroom laws’ by cancelling a gig in the state at late notice. He said:
“No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognising the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments.”