The third annual Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival wrapped up an epic 3-day weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. More than 90,000 people took over the streets eager to catch headlining performances by legendary musicians Stevie Wonder and Duran Duran, Billboard chart-toppers Imagine Dragons and Hozier, hip-hop heavyweights Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg, dance music artists Major Lazer, Kygo, Porter Robinson and many more who hit the four outdoor stages throughout the one-of-a-kind weekend.
Stretching over 15 blocks of downtown the ambitious arts program curated by Charlotte Dutoit from JUSTKIDS featured works from international artists with D*Face, Banksy, Ruben Sanchez, Ana Maria, Sbagliato, Bikismo, Bordalo II, Filthy Luker, Pixel Pancho, Stephane Mlaka, Jason Woodside and Trevor Wheatley & Cosmo Dean.
Banksy’s “All City” truck, D*Face’s enormous zombie Hello Kitty or a gigantic green octopus bursting out of an abandoned motel were some of the installations that welcomed us within the large-footprint.
On top of murals from the past editions (Doze Green, Vhils, Borondo, Fintan Magee…), a series of large-scale artworks were unveiled with some impressive pieces by Bikismo, Ruben Sanchez or Ana Maria.
For its part, Life Is Beautiful softens the blows of many music festivals’ sharpest edges. Its downtown landscape provides tons of shade from the sun while water refilling stations and air-conditioned cooling stations made the 100-degree heat as bearable as possible. The food is curated masterfully, and its Vegas location means that drinking isn’t relegated to a beer garden. And for those willing to commit to the VIP experience, you get a grassy viewing area, free lemonade, and celebrity chefs demonstrating their craft.