Last weekend, I went to cover the Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada with my assistant Zoe and let me tell you — we had an ABSOLUTE BLAST!
Life is Beautiful is not only about music, but also about art, which you can find everywhere on the streets of Downtown Las Vegas. It is breathtaking. Filled with colors and love, there so many major photo opportunities. Celeb Secrets’ favorite include the LIB picture frame you can climb inside of and the huge colorful butterfly you can walk under.
Music and art isn’t all Life is Beautiful has to offer. One of the most invigorating pillars of the festival is the IDEAS Series, showcasing great thinkers and stimulating the minds of festival-goers. For a laugh, ticket holders popped in to The KINDLAND House to enjoy comedy sets between 4 and 8 p.m.
The festival is also filled with food trucks and culinary eats. Phone stations provided by BUQU let festival goers recharge before they head to their next set. Celeb Secrets would love to thank BUQU for keeping them recharged throughout the day with amazing portable phone chargers that are not only cute, but also so reliable.
Below is our three-day recap, including all of the festival’s major highlights and interviews with the performers. After reading our day-to-day breakdown, you can see that life is really beautiful, and we are so thankful to be able to participate in events like these.
The three-day adventure kicked off with amazing acts and headliners like Canadian DJ Rezz, Kongos, Tegan and Sara, The Shins, City and Colour, Kehlani, G-Eazy, and best of all Mumford and Sons.
Located in the Northwest corridor of the festival ground, the Downtown Stage was the go-to spot to witness the major headliners of the evening. Set against the skyline of Downtown Las Vegas, guests enjoyed remarkable sets by Tegan & Sara, The Shins – for their only U.S. tour date – and Mumford & Sons. The Downtown stage was filled with people from the front all the way to the back, waiting for their favorites to come on stage.
Dallas Green’s City and Colour lit up the night at the Huntridge Stage with his first Las Vegas play since 2013. Following this set, rhythm and blues’ new queen, Kehlani, brought the soul with her performance at the Ambassador Stage and absolutely killed it. G-Eazy closed out the Ambassador Stage to a roaring cheer from fans. His amazing art work really lit up the stage! The fans were going crazy, especially closing with his HUGE hit “Me, Myself, and I.”
To close the evening, Mumford & Sons made their long-awaited return to Las Vegas, performing at the Downtown Stage. They walked out to cheers from the audience, who had been anticipating this moment for five years. The set was everything you ever imagined, playing for nearly 2 hours they pleased the crowd with old and new music favorites.
Lead singer Marcus Mumford even surprised the crowd by walking in the middle of it and playing music around everyone. It was an experience that can’t be described.
In addition to all the music and art, Celeb Secrets also had the opportunity to hang backstage with Rezz and Kongos. Each talked about how excited they were to be apart of Life is Beautiful, new music, and their outrageous secret talents — check out the videos on our YouTube channel.
DAY 2 — SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
Another beautiful celebration has come to a close as the second day of the Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival winded down. Today shined really bright (a little too bright) as the Nevada sun hit the musical acts and the extremely beautiful art.
In the heart of the festival grid, guests were drawn to the Huntridge Stage, where festival goers were introduced to new artists and old favorites. The smallest of all the stages, Huntridge provided an intimate viewing experience for those who witnessed Sir The Baptist, The Wombats, Oh Wonder and the Dirty Heads. My favorite performance, and Huntridge closers, were the Dirty Heads who absolutely laid it down. If you missed them, I highly recommend seeing them live. They wake up the stage with their unique laid-back sound and cool rap vibes. The crowd couldn’t stop screaming.
Another favorite from Saturday was J.Cole who closed out the night at the biggest stage, the Downtown Stage. He not only performed his biggest hits, but also talked about loving each other and becoming friends with the people around you because that’s what life is about.
One of the biggest draws of the second day was an inspirational talk during the IDEAS Series. RuPaul Charles, television personality, author, model, drag queen and executive producer of Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, took the stage to roars of cheers from thousands of festival-goers. He shared his story of transformation, inspiring audience members to examine and transform their own lives. His talk encompassed what Life is Beautiful is about — people coming together to learn, grow and love one another.
What I love about this festival that it’s not about the music, it’s about the art, the comedy, and even the ideas. You feel like you’re at a fair with the amount of activities to do, including the 100 foot slide at Vita Coco at the 11th Street gate. Milagro allowed guests to get their hands dirty and participate in the festival’s extensive art experience with a paint-by-numbers mural, creating the perfect mix of creativity and beauty. I unfortunately didn’t get to do this because I was running around interviewing some of your favorite stars, but I did get to express myself by getting my hair done how I wanted and adding a ton of glitter to express my mood at the VIP Lounge next to the Downtown Stage.
Today was quite a workload. We got to talk to Sir the Baptist about how he’s making music to go back to the old roots of hip-hop, adding real feeling and emotion while combining it with gospel. It was absolutely stunning and pleasing to the ear live.
We met our new favorite band, The Shelters, who are not only extremely hilarious, but also rocked the stage with their rock and roll vibes. Lastly, we spoke to UK breakout artist, Jess Glynne, who looked stunning on stage and totally slayed in the fashion and voice department.
We still have one more beautiful day ahead of us tomorrow! We can’t wait to rock the last day!
DAY 3 — SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
As the sun set on the final day of the Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival, the energy was contagious as positive vibes still lingered in the air long after the last set finished. What seemed like the most packed day, we were excited to see such amazing acts and explore the art one last time.
Some of my favorite art pieces were the huge letters in the entrance of the festival that read “Life Is Beautiful” (it lit up the street at night), the jungle gym photo piece in front of the ferris wheel, the giant bunnies called “intrude,” the giant letters that read “LOVE” in front of the Huntridge Stage, the old car filled with beautiful succulents inside that suggested to judge a book by its cover, and the motel sign in front of the Ambassador Stage that said a different phrase everyday.
Festival goers looking to refuel found a variety of culinary villages spread throughout the grid that were fully equipped with grassy areas, chill zones and shade. There was something for everyone, even us vegans, who go to join in on the fun with veggie dogs, snow cones, vegan donuts and even ice cream!
We had two interviews on the final day of Life is Beautiful. The first one was with an up-and-coming sensation (and our personal favorites) that go by the name LANY. LANY embodied Life is Beautiful, during their set on the main stage, singing songs they love with passion and honest experiences. Our final interview at Life is Beautiful was with Big Beat DJ and GRAMMY award-winner CID, who lit up the Trabadour stage with his unique sounds and his new song “Sweet Memories” with Kaskade.
Located in the center of the action, the Ambassador Stage rotated headliners with the Downtown Stage and a lively vibe filled the surrounding streets. Some of the biggest names in music graced this stage, including Jimmy Eat World, Young the Giant and our favorite The Lumineers, who may have made us shed a tear at the end of the night.
Young the Giant was breathtaking. Sameer took over the stage and the audience with huge hits like “Cough Medicine” in his red jumpsuit. He had everyone singing along. The Lumineers closed the night at this stage with new hits from their album “Cleopatra” and old favorites like “Flowers in Your Hair” and closed with “Stubborn Love.” Lead singer Wesley Schultz advised everyone to put their phones away and just help him sing. A festival full of strangers singing together is why “Life is Beautiful.”
Taking over the Downtown Stage, Flume got the party going with hits off his albums Flume and Skin. Electronic music pulsed through the crowd, as shuffling feet danced along to the beat. Major Lazer closed out the main stage with an epic performance. As the first back-to-back repeat, bass filled the air as the audience was awed by pyrotechnics while Diplo surfed the crowd in a giant hamster wheel. As the crowd danced, confetti cannons rang out and covered fans in glitter rain.
At the end of the weekend, guests were surprised as LED screens lit up with the announcement of next year’s Life is Beautiful dates, ramping up the excitement for another fun-filled year of beauty. We can’t wait for next year!