Life truly was beautiful this past weekend in Las Vegas. The third annual Life is Beautiful Music Festival provided festival-goers with an overall incredible festival experience. The festival was located on the streets of Downtown Las Vegas, spreading over eleven city blocks in the Fremont area.
Not only is this location truly unique, but it also incorporates and encourages participation from local businesses (primarily those located in Container Park). While the festival has a heavy focus on musical acts, it also celebrates the culinary arts, education and innovation, and artistic expression. Specifically, celebrity chefs that attended the festival include Kim Canteenwalla & Elizabeth Blau, Duff Goldman, and Hurbert Keller.
Educational discussions on a variety of topics ranging from how to create a better world to stories of underdogs overcoming major obstacles were also available throughout the weekend. The art at Life is Beautiful featured unique installations and street art plastered across various buildings and even the street itself. The layout was relatively expansive, with quite a trek between the four stages, however, the size of the festival grounds made it seem less crowded and claustrophobic, providing a variety of areas to take a break and relax.
On the first day of the festival a number of highly energetic performers took the stage including memorable performances from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Atmosphere, Twenty One Pilots, Porter Robinson, Major Lazer, and Stevie Wonder, just to name a few. A few artists that graced the stages on day 2 included New Politics, Royal Blood, Meg Myers, Big Data, Glass Animals, Ab-Soul, Metric, Duran Duran, Chance the Rapper, Future Islands, Snoop Dogg and Imagine Dragons. Despite the fact that Vegas was especially hot over the weekend, many people arrived early in the day and experienced as much of the festival as possible (I know I did!).
On the third and final day of the festival some of my personal favorite sets were Saint Motel, Ryn Weaver, Walk the Moon, Best Coast, Run the Jewels, Against me!, Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie, and Kendrick Lamar. Brandon Flowers invited The Killers up on stage and surprised the audience with a number of The Killers greatest hits, resulting in one of the biggest surprises and best moments of the festival.
The entire message of this festival is reflected in its name and urges festival-goers to slow down and acknowledge all that is beautiful in the world, even for just one weekend. Not only is the message and feel of this festival overwhelmingly positive, it is clean, well-organized, and attracts some of the most diverse and impressive musical performers. Keep an eye out on our site for updates on Life is Beautiful 2016 so you can join me in celebrating how beautiful life can be.