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1. Copacabana New Year’s Eve Concert 1994/1995

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Attended by ~ 3.54 million people

Location: Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: December 31, 1994 – January 1, 1995
Artist: Rod Stewart

 

The beach in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana district is likely the most famous beach in the world. Various songs and stories were written about the 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) long beach and its promenade. Copacabana beach also proved itself to be an excellent concert location. British rock singer Rod Stewart proved that better than anyone else on New Year’s Eve 1994/1995. His free New Year’s Eve concert attracted a bit more than 3.5 million people that year, making it the biggest concert of all time.


2. 850th Anniversary of Moscow Concert

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Attended by ~ 3.5 million people

Location: Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia
Date: September 6, 1997
Artist: Jean-Michel Jarre

 

Not only is Moscow one of the largest cities in the world, it’s also quite old. In 1997, the city celebrated its 850th anniversary. For this occasion, the city organized week long festivities. The absolute highlight then came on September 6, 1997 when French composer and performance artist gave his concert on the huge campus of Moscow State University. Around 3.5 million Moscovites came to see the French artist on stage. He was the only non-Russian artist invited for the city birthday festivities, but ended up being the by far most watched artist during the entire celebration week.


3. Copacabana New Year’s Eve Concert 1993/1994

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Attended by ~ 3.0 million people

Location: Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: December 31, 1993 – January 1, 1994
Artist: Jorge Ben Jor

 

Before Rod Stewart broke it one year later in the exact same place for the exact same occasion, it was Brazilian singer Jorge Ben Jor who first broke the 3 million mark for attendance, setting the record for the highest-attended concert at the time. Ben Jor performed his free concert on New Year’s Eve 1993/1994 and 3 million Brazilians (and others) came to see him at Copacabana Beach.

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