Posted On 02 Oct 2015
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The third annual Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival wrapped up an epic 3-day weekend with more than 90,000 people taking 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.
The best in music, art, culinary and learning came together to kick-off the fall festival season with each component owning more than 18 square blocks of Downtown, the largest land-space the festival has owned in its three years. Spotted during the weekend were young Hollywood favorites Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Osment, Emmanuelle Chriqui and first time speakers at the Learning Series Kat Graham and Rosario Dawson who were seen roaming the festival grounds.
The opening night was led by non-other than R&B star Stevie Wonder, who serenaded the crowd at the main Downtown Stage performing his top hits including, “Isn’t She Lovely,” and “Superstition”.
On Saturday, Duran Duran brought their New Wave goodness to the main stage at the epic festival and the legendary rockers showcased selections from their 14-album catalog which included: “The Reflex” to the 1981 chart topper “Girls on Film” to classics like “Notorious,” “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Why Don’t You Use It”. Simon LeBon and company also unveiled, “Pressure Off” the new single from their recently released Paper Gods album. The city’s own hometown heroes, Imagine Dragons, wrapped an electrifying performance in front of thousands of screaming fans.
On Sunday, The Killers reunited with Brandon Flowers on the main stage. Emerging new artist, Halsey jumped off stage in the middle of her performance to give one lucky fan her first kiss. Weezer collaborated with fellow Life is Beautiful performers Best Coast during their set and Kendrick Lamar closed out the 3-day festival with crowds chanting his name.
The festival also included delicious food creations courtesy of The Venue Las Vegas prepared by Chef Matthew Contreras who said of working the festival:
“We have the opportunity and freedom to do whatever we choose to do here, and I think it’s about, let’s do healthy yet decadent cuisine for huge catering events. We want to be organic and cater to all events, so that the guests feel special and know we have created something unique for them.”
And Life Is Beautiful Festival was just that. A truly unique festival unlike any other.
Enjoy All Access Music writer, Nicole DeRosa‘s interviews with many of the bands that performed at the festival with LOTS more on the way!
Visit our Life Is Beautiful festival page HERE
Many thanks to: Rehan Choudhry, Jennifer Bradley, Vegas PBS, PMK BNC, The entire Life Is Beautiful staff, The Venue Las Vegas, Executive Chef Matthew Contreras and DeeAnn Deaton .