Organisers want to play John Lennon's enduring anthem as a symbolic act to represent global peace...

Organisers of the ROCK IN RIO festival are hoping that the entire country will fall silent – but for the sound of ‘IMAGINE’ – for three minutes in a symbolic act for global peace on its opening day this Friday (January 12).

The festival, which runs over two weekends and features peformances from REM, Guns N’ Roses, Oasis, *N Sync and Britney Spears, is expected to attract up to two million music fans.

But the organisers want to launch it on a meaningful note, with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra performing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. They are also urging all radio and TV stations to observe the three-minutes silence at 7pm Brazilian time.

As well as focusing on global peace, they hope to help curb violence in Rio itself.

Five per cent of the festival’s proceeds are being donated to educational projects for Brazil’s under-privileged, a sum which should total around £4 million.

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Check back later this week to find out more about the extravaganza itself, the line-ups, and what we have in store for you throughout the opening weekend.