In The Spirit Of The New Las Vegas
Over the past six years, Downtown Las Vegas has undergone a major transformation thanks to the revitalization of East Fremont as a cultural hub. During this movement, Life is Beautiful was born. Debuting in 2013, the three-day event broke into the festival scene. The hottest acts, artists, influencers and culinary talent flowed into the streets of DTLV and what started as an event, became something more: a symbol of unity, optimism and creativity. A refreshing reprieve from our complicated world, now more than 137,000 individuals converge across 18 blocks to be part of this beautiful social takeover.
See the Past Lineups
Take a look back through the years and the incredible talents who have performed on the festival’s stages.
SiX years Of a Beautiful Thing
As the sun set on October 27, 2013, Ezra Koenig, the lead singer and guitarist for New York-based alternative band Vampire Weekend, looked out to an audience of about 30,000 fans at Sixth Street and Stewart Avenue in Downtown Las Vegas and made an observation. The stage he was standing on was built just a few days prior. The surrounding asphalt had sat derelict for years. Downtown Las Vegas, said Koenig, located just two miles north of the famously fabulous Las Vegas Strip, was an area that he didn’t know existed.
The Noise WE've Made
In 2016, Life is Beautiful created an estimated $43.6 million of economic impact. Named “Music Festival of the Year” by the 2017 Pollstar Awards, year after year the festival features unforgettable headlining musicians; prominent visual artists adding installations to Downtown Las Vegas’ collection of murals; and thought-provoking speakers who inspire.
Singer Andrew McMahon of Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness recites the Life is Beautiful manifesto as beach balls bounce through the crowd at the Ambassador Stage. Performing on the festival’s second night in 2017, McMahon sang hits from his album, Zombies on Broadway, as well as favorites from his previous band, Jack’s Mannequin.