Life is Beautiful 2019 is here and we could not be more excited! The world's top musicians playing to a crowd of thousands on multiple downtown Las Vegas stages, chefs from some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas servin’ up a foodie's dream, and awe-inspiring and immersive art on every corner.
Since we’re suckers for anything Nostalgic (see what we did there), we thought it’d be fun to take a walk memory lane to show you how this festival got started, share a few of our favorite moments from past Life is Beautiful festivals and tell you what to expect this year!
In 2013, the very first Life is Beautiful was held in downtown in mid-September with headliners that included The Killers and Kings of Leon. Artists from all over the world came and show off what they could do with immersive art galleries and small restaurants catered to hundreds. The goal of the festival was to build a brand that united people through artistic experiences ranging from all genres of music to street artists. They wanted these worlds to collide for one weekend to create the ultimate experience while bringing life back into the forgotten downtown area.
In the first five years of the festival, Life is Beautiful has contributed over 185 million of economic impact for the city of Las Vegas, creating jobs for thousands of people. CEO, Justin Weniger, explains that, “We don’t do the festival as a profit center. Our only real metric, our only real KPI, is how much we’re developing a community."
Life is Beautiful is back and better than ever! With artists from every genre including Chance the Rapper, Vampire Weekend, and Zedd, there is something for everyone! Never heard of them? Don't worry, we have you covered so you can create the ultimate playlist before you go!
Chance the Rapper is a 3 time Grammy winning artist, including one for Best Rap album. The crazy part? The album was only streamed it online and is not sold in stores making him the first artist to ever do that. He is the master of collaborations and will not doubt have some surprise guests on stage during his set! His new album is set to release in July so be sure to keep that on your radar!
Vampire Weekend is a Grammy winning band that has been making hits for 13 years! They are no strangers to the LIB stage, having played at the very first festival in 2013. They just released their 4th studio album, Father of the Bride, make sure you get it on your playlist this summer!
What is a festival without a DJ? Not just any DJ will do at Life is Beautiful, it has to be the biggest in the world which is why Zedd will be rockin' the downtown stages! His last 5 singles of his second album have all reach the Billboard top 10 and he has collaborated with some of the biggest stars such as Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and country breakout star Maren Morris. Who can't this guy make a hit with? Catch a sneak peak of him at Omnia, one of Las Vegas's hottest clubs where he is the resident DJ.
Catch them plus Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Black Keys, Lil' Wayne and More!
Performing with the top talent in music will be some of the biggest names in comedy.
Jonathan Van Ness fresh off Taylor Swift's iconic YNTCD video is the star of Queer Eye where he creates beautiful hair transformations and promotes self care will be headlining Friday's comedic performances.
Saturday is headlined by Showtime's Desus and Mero. Two of the funniest pod casters that's witty banter has got them noticed by MTV, Netflix and even Vampire Weekend!
Life is Beautiful is the only festival where you'll get to see these comedic geniuses on the same stage!
Aside from the amazing talent lined up, there are so many talented artists and delicious food for the foodie in you! Stop by Culinary Village and enjoy just about any taste you can imagine. Recommends on from last year's menu include Strip Cheese, After's Ice Cream, and Chipotle for those that like to stay with what they know!
Strip Cheese- a gourmet Grilled Cheese truck that serves up a side of mac and cheese egg rolls served with Kimchi sauce...you read that right! We highly recommend "Pair-O-Dice Pizza" because what is better than three cheeses, pepperoni, and pizza sauce grilled between two pieces of Parmesan crusted sourdough bread?
Afters Ice Cream- Incredible Cookie Monster ice cream with Oreos and chocolate chip cookies. Don't think it can get better? They give it to you in between 2 warm glazed donuts.
Chipotle- mix and match their ingredients to make your perfect bowl, burrito tacos! Extra bonus is that in the past they give every attendee a free meal the following Monday when they see you bring in your wristband!
You'll need something to wash all that yummy food down and course the festival has you covered. From locally brewed IPAs to one of a kind drinks made by Vegas's top mixologists , there are options for everyone.
Cocktail School was at the festival in 2018, bringing together top mixologists from Las Vegas and around the country. There were a total of nine sessions of Cocktail School (three per day), where they taught attendees can the “tricks of the trade” and after they were able to mix themselves a drink for the night.
Dutch Bros was a huge hit at last year's festival! They provided delicious iced coffees, frozen lemonades, and blended drinks that gave refreshment in hundred degree heat! Their know for their unique coffee flavors and incredibly nice service!
There re so many options, make sure you check their menu out beforehand here http://menu.dutchbros.com
Other notable drinks to try are the Frose, a deliciously frozen Rose. The Desert Mojito, a yummy mix of rum, lime, fresh mint and club soda. And last, if cocktails are not your thing, try the Boba from Milkbox. They have milk teas, matcha and iced teas that allow you to add in boba or charcoal.
Overall the festival is an amazing experience, but you don't have to take our word for it!
"Ohhhhhhhh wow, a MUST go event"- Fina C.
"STACKED! Best lineup of 2019. Congrats to LIB and us!!"- Matthew S.
"Still dying over this lineup."- Kayla M.
People love this festival, and it only keeps getting bigger and stacked with more artists. We are excited to send our lucky winners to experience this amazing festival first hand!