Wee-woo, wee-woo! No, that’s not one of those annoying yellow pills with legs. That’s our way of reminding you that the 2017 edition of Life is Beautiful is right around the corner. You know, that Las Vegas festival with Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Gorillaz, Muse and Bill Nye, just to name drop a little bit.
Let us remind you real quick
If you’ve just spent nine days frying your brain and experimenting with “radical self-expression” in the Northern Nevada desert and haven’t heard of this festival, allow us to learn ya somethin’ real quick. Life is Beautiful is the three-day music, art, food and ideas festival held in downtown Las Vegas each year. The festivities center on the idea that positivity prevails, culture and creativity thrive and transformation occurs. In a way, it’s pretty similar to that fire gathering up north, minus the dust in your hoo-ha.
For three days in late September (22-24 to be exact), 18 blocks in downtown Las Vegas will transform into the type of festival grounds that every other festival wishes it could be (ooh, shots fired). Gates open at 2 p.m. with the shindig crackin’ until 1 a.m. each night (unless fingers crossed, the headliners get a wild hair and want to keep the party going).
What to do
Sure, you’re going to want to shake what your mama gave ya to the tunes of 2 Chainz, Blink-182, MGMT, Pretty Lights, The XX and all of the other major acts that fill out the roster. But because this thing is three days long, try to take some time and explore some unfamiliar artists. Are you a Milky Chance fan? Give Vince Staples a listen. Love Slightly Stoopid or J-Boog? Why not check out Sofi Tukker or Big Wild. Talent populates the roster. Seriously, where else can you see Schoolboy Q AND Two Door Cinema Club on the same bill?
But more than music, LIB is an experience. As such, you should mosey around and check out the art, get down on some of the more than 40 eateries and listen to some of the comedians and speakers. Artists like Morag Myerscough, Okuda San Miguel and Bicicleta Sem Freio have created some super sick murals and installations that’re totally worth the time. And we double-dog dare you to find a better backdrop to enjoy an Afters Ice Cream or a Bling Bling Dumpling. And when that food baby starts fussing, chill out and get enlightened by the likes of Bill Nye (our fav Science Guy), Bethany Mota and Rachel Platten.
What it’ll cost ya
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but (sad kitty emoji), 3-Day GA tickets are sold out. Sorry, but that’s what happens when you wait ‘till the last minute. You can’t treat this like you do your holiday shopping list. Lucky you, there are still some options: the 3-Day VIP pass, V+VIP pass and the ALL-IN pass. Allow us to give you the breakdown on what you’re going to get with each.
For a cool $655 (plus those pesky fees), you’re going to come up on entry to the festival and all of that basic jazz. But what makes this thing worth it, is access to shaded VIP areas right next to the Downtown and Ambassador stages (these areas even have seating for you to park your hiney in comfort). You’re also going to come up on VIP concierge services at the Downtown and Ambassador stages, exclusive VIP-only food vendors and private cash bars. Charging stations and VIP entry lanes are cool, but the big winner here are the, wait for it, private, AIR-CONDITIONED, flushable restrooms. Shut up and TAKE. OUR. MONEY. NOW.
Upgrade, please! Because for $1,195 you’re going to get all of the great things that come with the 3-Day VIP pass (FLUSHABLE TOILETS, PEOPLE) and then some. Unleash your inner boozehound with complimentary beer, wine, cocktails and daily mixology and culinary pop-ups. Want a better view of the action? Look down on those GA peasants with elevated viewing at the Downtown stage. Remember our infatuation with those bathrooms? Well, even the VIP potties can’t touch these. So get cozy and digest with the assistance of restroom attendants, and feel free to freshen up with the use of available festival survival supplies. No need to thank us.
Alright peeps, we’re about to go in, ALL-IN (pun intended) with this ALL-IN pass. Costing $2,495, this is not for the weak hearted, but its positives are definitely worth the extra scrilla. So, not only do you get all of the options included with the V+VIP pass, but you hit the mother lode with a special ALL-IN entry lane (complete with re-entry), Downtown and Ambassador stages side-stage viewing and two meal vouchers per day to sample any of the food vendors. Even cooler, you’re going to get access to the air-conditioned Artist Hospitality Lounge which also comes with a sweet culinary tasting hour and complimentary drinks. And for the final sha-bang, drum roll please, a five-year commemorative festival gift bag (it’s totes legit).
There you have it, homes. That’s what’s at your disposal if you’re trying to get down at Life is Beautiful Las Vegas. Just a heads up, if you’re in need of some other cool things to do in downtown Las Vegas or need a recommendation on some solid Las Vegas attractions or want to know whats up with the best places to eat in Las Vegas, we got you.