The Life is Beautiful Festival made its triumphant return to downtown Las Vegas this weekend uniting a truly diverse, multi-generational crowd. It was positive vibes all around as Millennials, Gen-Xers, Baby Boomers (and even some babies) gathered for the three-day celebration of music, art and food. Nowhere was this bridging of the ages more apparent than at R&B legend Lionel Richie’s packed performance on Saturday night.
This year’s festival featured 70 acclaimed artists on four stages including Kanye West, Outkast, Skrillex, Neon Trees, The Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters, The Roots and Fitz & The Tantrums. The art programming brought together more than 35 artists from around the globe and included a ton of street art (BTW, there’s nothing quite like that moment when you realize Edoardo Tresoldi’s seemingly innocent metallic wire mesh 3-D sculpture of a man is watching you, no matter where you’re standing).
The festival also offered an extensive gourmet food program (not your typical boring festival food) and an impressive lineup of speakers.
Some other highlights: The look on unsuspecting people’s faces when the huge praying mantis at Container Park shoots fire from its antennae; riding on a Ferris wheel with the Power Rangers (well, people dressed like them anyway); the happiness … it really was contagious.