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Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival - The Third Times' A Charm

Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival - The Third Times' A Charm

 Life is Beautiful Complete Line Up!

Life is Beautiful Complete Line Up!

In a world where we are constantly surrounded by negativity, individuals were able to escape for a weekend of sheer beauty. Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival (LIB) was held September 25-27th in Las Vegas!

 The Calm Before the Storm! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

The Calm Before the Storm! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

LIB, now in its third year, set the bar high after its remarkable lineup last year which consisted of acts such as: Foo FightersArtic MonkeysThe WeekndOutkast, Lionel Richie, and more;however, they have managed to come out on top. 

This years artists included: New PoliticsWeezerGlass AnimalsImagine DragonsDuran DuranSoja, Big DataMiicsStevie Wonder, X AmbassadorsSaint Motel, Brandon FlowersDeath Cab for Cutie, Walk the Moon and more. 

 Bill Nye THE Science Guy Held it Down at LIB! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Bill Nye THE Science Guy Held it Down at LIB! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

The first day of the festival seemed very telling. On the learning stage guests  were able to check out what Bill Nye the Science Guy had to say! Following, he joined electronic house DJ, Discovery Project, on the Troubadour Stage (LIB's newest addition). Other acts from day one that stood out were of course the high energy group Twenty One PilotsHozier, and one of LA's top acts of summer-X Ambassadors. It's difficult not to love the festival after being serenaded by the undeniably talented Stevie Wonder, who closed the night!

 The Super Talented- Stevie Wonder! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

The Super Talented- Stevie Wonder! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Day two of the festival felt geared towards adults in their late 20s. Throughout the day it seemed as if artists not only performed top tracks but also took it back to favorite oldies. The evening shifted as soon as Glass Animals took the stage. The UK  group displayed their unique sound on stage. Glass Animals are unconventional, interesting, eclectic, yet effortlessly smooth and mesmerizing sound and stage presence that has seemed to be missing from todays' "popular" music. Singles such as, "Black Mambo" and "Gooey", had quickly put this group on the radar and trust me, they aren't going anywhere. 

 Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Snoop Dogg, a classic, performed favorites and oldies towards the end of the night. Snoop played hits such as "Gin and Juice" "Ain't No Fun" and even his own spin on Akon's "F*** You" which got the crowd hyped. Las Vegas natives, Imagine Dragons, payed homage to their hometown, which brought the festival together. Their gratitude and love for the craft was difficult to miss as you could tell on that stage was exactly where they wanted to be. “I can’t tell you how good it feels to be home in Las Vegas,” Dragons front man Dan Reynolds said during their set. Top hits such as, "I Bet My Life", "On Top of The World", and even a cover of The Proclaimers', "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" served as a great high energy set.

 Las Vegas Natives, Imagine Dragons! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Las Vegas Natives, Imagine Dragons! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

The last and final day of the festival was a great one. Los Angeles natives and indie rocker band Saint Motel took the stage early on! The group of course played their #1 song of summer (Alt Nation/Sirius XM), "Just My Type" which consists of exuberant high energy beats. Just having seen them at smaller venues locally, to playing at The Wiltern, Coachella and now Life is Beautiful, their journey has been a sky rocket of progress this past year alone.  Walk the Moon played early in the evening. Favorites such as "Shut Up and Dance" had the crowd dancing and going crazy! 

 Surprise Performance by The Killers! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Surprise Performance by The Killers! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful


Brandon Flowers, frontman of The Killers, rolled through a set of his solo material. Songs such as, "Still Want You" and "Crossfire" were played, however, not before long he was joined by his other bandmates which made his set a full blown 'Killer' set! Brandon Flowers knows how to entertain the crowd but the crowd managed to get even more amped once everyone gathered on the stage.  "Mr. Brightside" and "When You Were Young" were played before closing out this surprise appearance.

 Weezer...Doesn't Age! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Weezer...Doesn't Age! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

In the evening Weezer performed alongside fellow LIB performers Best Coast on the downtown stage. You can just about bet that any set Weezer performs is a 'safe' set. While they have been performing for years their sets are very good but also very predictable. The interesting thing  is songs such as "Say It Ain't So" and the poignant "Undone – The Sweater Song," have held up and have proven to become more and more popular over time. Although performing hits that are nearly two decades old, Weezer does still have a good stage presence and power as a group that is subtle but is clearly enough to garnish attention without being overbearing. 

 Kendrick Lamar Closed Out Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Kendrick Lamar Closed Out Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful


Last but certainly not least was Kendrick Lamar! It was an incredible way to close out the festival with his 90-minute long set which was geared towards his older material. Many have expressed their doubt with Kendrick Lamar, his choice of songs, and may have expected 'more' from his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly. Although Kendrick did delve into deeper thought provoking songs such as "The Art of Peer Pressure" and the first half of "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst" I strongly believe that this has only shown that not all acts need to be hard hitting club bangers, but can also show a deeper side where guests can actually become intrigued both melodically and lyrically.

Other notable facts from Life Is Beautiful:

·         Actor and Director, Justin Baldoni surprised a young girl on stage named Claire Wineland, who is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, by gifting 15 minutes of his speaking time to allow her to deliver an inspirational speech. It has been Claire's dream to be a public speaker.

 Chef Hubert Keller! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Chef Hubert Keller! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

·         Noted French chef, Hubert Keller offered a full culinary demonstration of his ultimate Fleur hamburger!

 Kat Graham at LIB! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Kat Graham at LIB! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

·         Vampire Diaries actress, Kat Graham performed her new album at The Downtown Container Park

 Rosario Dawson at the Learning Series. Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Rosario Dawson at the Learning Series. Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

·         Actress Rosario Dawson spoke on stage in front of a crowded room about life challenges and obstacles at the Learning Series. 

·         The interactive art installation welcomed murals painted by international street artists  D*face and also featured Banksy’s New York delivery truck, which made its Las Vegas debut at the festival

 So Much Art at Life is Beautiful! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

So Much Art at Life is Beautiful! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

·         Food Network’s own pastry chef, Duff Goldman participated in the culinary demonstrations offering festivalgoers tip and tricks to his craft

Among the over 90,000 festival attendees were a few Hollywood favorites such as: Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Osment, Emmanuelle Chriqui. 

With the intention of spreading positivity and ultimately the significant message that YOU are beautiful, the three-day festival served as the perfect oasis to come together and reset. The perfect opportunity to reflect and if nothing other than this weekend, truly understand that we, together, all do have a  common denominator that undeniably brings people together-MUSIC. 

 For The Love of Music! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

For The Love of Music! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

Till next year festival-goers- STAY BEAUTIFUL!

 See You Next Year at Life is Beautiful! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

See You Next Year at Life is Beautiful! Photo Credit: Film Magic for Life is Beautiful

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