The promoters of the Life is Beautiful festival promised to include locals in its first edition, and its just-released lineup looks to deliver on that declaration.
Internationally known Vegas acts The Killers and Imagine Dragons will share a soon-to-be-viral lineup poster with more locally based outfits such as A Crowd of Small Adventures, Crazy Chief, Kid Meets Cougar, HaleAmano, Most Thieves and others, all playing on Oct. 26-27 at various outdoor and indoor venues over a reported 15 blocks in downtown Las Vegas. All were announced at Monday night’s reveal party at the Fremont Country Club, which also featured live sets by fellow Life is Beautiful participants Rusty Maples, Same Sex Mary and The Dirty Hooks.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m. at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com. Two-day pass options include: $99.50 ("early-bird"), $119.50 ("advance"), $139.50 ("special"), $159.50 ("regular") and $349.50 (VIP), with the cheaper offerings in limited supply, and single tickets — per industry trend of late — unavailable.
The Killers will co-headline the event with Kings of Leon, frequent Vegas performers in the past who nonetheless have been away since 2009 (they canceled a tour in 2011 that included a Mandalay Bay Events Center date). Many of the upper-tier LiB inclusions have played Sin City in the more recent past, such as Beck, Passion Pit, Pretty Lights, Childish Gambino, Purity Ring, Living Colour, Capital Cities, Youngblood Hawke, Danny Brown, Poolside, Charli XCX and Allen Stone*.
On the other hand, Las Vegas debuts at LiB include Haim and Cayucas, both currently buzzing on indie/college radio. Colorado electro/jazz/jam group Big Gigantic will also make its Vegas debut at LiB, as will Odd Future emcee Earl Sweatshirt.
•Empire of the Sun played here in 2011, at the first Vegas-based Electric Daisy Carnival, and will return to the Speedway for this year’s as well. But audiences outside of the EDM faithful will get to witness the colorful electro/rock act for the first time at LiB. (Both Vegas festival appearances will be live sets.)
•Electro/jam favorite STS9 (aka Sound Tribe Sector 9), which used to play Vegoose and/or that defunct local festival's late-night shows, returns to Las Vegas after a three-and-a-half-year absence. This writer caught the Atlanta/Santa Cruz quintet at a Los Angeles show back in March, and its Daft Punk-like performance was sensory overload in the most thrilling sense.
•Acclaimed — and formerly dormant — hip-hop collective Jurassic 5 comes fresh off a Coachella reunion set with its first Vegas gig since Vegoose 2006*.
Life is Beautiful, like other festivals, will boast other artistic complements (installations from local and visiting creators, peformance art), as well as an extensive dining component that will feature more than 60 notable chefs of national (Rick Moonen, Hubert Keller, Michael Mina) and local (Natalie Young of eat, Dan Coughlin of Le Thai, Kim Canteenwalla of Honey Salt) renown. There will be plenty to eat, as well as watch (by way of competitions and demonstrations) and buy (by way of foodie merchandise). Also, all eight Cirque du Soleil Strip productions will be represented, which includes mainstage performances. Speakers will also avail themselves to festivalgoers by way of keynote and shorter speeches, panel discussions and workshops.
Disclosure: CityLife and the Review-Journal, both owned by Stephens Media, are media sponsors of Life is Beautiful.
The music lineup in full:
Kings of Leon
Empire of the Sun
Portugal. The Man
The Joy Formidable
Twenty One Pilots
Family of the Year
Knocked Up Kids
Kid Meets Cougar
Same Sex Mary
Beau and the Outfit
The Dirty Hooks
A Crowd of Small Adventures
Jordan Kate Mitchell
Albi Loves Chicken Tenders
*The original text referred to incorrect info.