The second day of the seven-day music marathon was expected to attract over 100,000 fans to brave heat and humidity to listen to R.E.M., Foo Fighters and Beck from the United States, as well as to local stars Barao Vermelho, Fernanda Abreu and .

Mike Mills, of Saturday’s star attraction, R.E.M., told reporters the band will play music from its upcoming record “Reveal.”

“It’s a record about how difficult it is to lead a spiritual life in today’s non-spiritual world,”he said. Meanwhile, U.S. rock signer Beck, who has been a fan of Brazilian music since childhood, asked local singer and composer Caetano Veloso to join him on stage. “He is an inspiration for me,”Beck told local reporters.

Beck’s performance was to be followed by the Foo Fighters. Event organizers said about 190,000 fans turned up on the first day of the festival to see British pop star Sting and U.S. singer James Taylor, as well as popular Brazilian artists Milton Nascimento and Gilberto Gil.

Police reportedly made some drug and theft related arrests on Friday, but the event passed without any serious incidents.

Organizers hoped 1.5 million music lovers would buy tickets to see the dlrs 31 million event this year, with as many as 1 billion others to see it on pay-per-view television and the Internet.

The concert’s promoter, Roberto Medina, has pledged to give 5 percent of the earnings, expected to be about $6 million, to charity.