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Life Is Beautiful Festival 2013: Day One

Life Is Beautiful Festival 2013: Day One

First Impression

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Life is Beautiful Festival is one of the more unique festivals I’ve ever attended. Considering it was their inaugural weekend, I was expecting a lot of kinks along the way. On the contrary, I was pleasantly surprised to find how incredibly organized it was. We all know parking and shuttle services at festivals can be a nightmare — but LIB pulled it off without a hitch. Parking was ample, shuttles were on time and the entrance was hassle-free. I was in festival heaven.

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Venue

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The venue was spread out over 15 blocks in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. Once you walk in, the first thing you’d notice was the art on display. It all seemed to share one theme: love. Everywhere you looked, there were huge, beautiful art pieces made out of recyclable materials. There was even some interactive art, which I found to be really refreshing. The very best part of the entire venue was that the bars on the festival grounds remained open giving an additional option on beer prices (beer at the bars were less than 5 bucks!) and bar hoping between sets.

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Food

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What made this festival so different than most was the culinary experience. There were tents spread around the festival were you got to meet world class chefs and experience their food. If you’re big on culinary arts, this festival will blow you away. The food was incredible. Although, some of the portion sizes were smaller than others, the food never set to disappoint. All the food in The Culinary Village was priced under $10 (which if Coachella has taught us anything, that’s quite the rarity). Not too shabby.

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Highlights

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Being at a big festival is always great opportunity get familiarized with smaller bands. Earlier in the day I checked out a band out of LA called The Knockout Kids. Watching them do their setup, I didn’t know what to expect. They had a DJ, a saxophone player and 2 singers. I guess the best way to describe their sound is an electro-indie band. Every song was different than the next. One minute you’re at Tiesto after party, the next your kicking it beach-side with Sublime and Jack Johnson. It was quite intriguing. Alabama Shakes were definitely the biggest highlight of the night. The crowed seemed to be absolutely mesmerized. Brittnay Howard’s voice is so soul-grabbing, that it makes you feel like you’re the only person in the room. She opened with an incredible guitar solo that would even make Jack White weak in the knees. They played their hit single, “Hold on” followed by tracks from their debut record “Boys and Girls”. Alongside with a few brand new songs. None the less, the crowed hung on to every word.

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