What @LifeIsBeautiful was to me

5 Nov

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Well it came and went and now the countdown to Life is Beautiful 2014 is underway. Wow, what a wild year 2013 has been. I don’t know if I can yet fully put into words just exactly what the last 12 months have been like but to go from this idea of a four festival in one weekend to actually seeing it come to life and people having the best weekend ever was truly special.  It’s not just the music that stands out to me as the shinning moments but rather the memories of people grinning ear to ear and having the best weekend ever.

It was :

seeing my family come through the gates and out of chance being in front to greet them

witnessing a friend who traveled from London be the first one through the gate

watching some of my best friends in the world rocking out to Capital Cities and me surprising them to finally say hi

people chilling in the secret garden listening to HAIM and scoping out the amazing art murals

a packed group of people gathered waiting for Zarkana to take the street for their performance

people lined up to head into the speaker venues to see some brilliant minds give speeches

Downtown come to life in a way I have never seen before

people finally experiencing this vision we had been talking about

being told thank you by countless supporters

riding the ferris wheel and seeing the footprint from high above

the look on a teenager’s face when we fixed a mistake he made when trying to purchase a ticket to the festival

seeing a community come together

running into friends at the El Cortez after party raving about day one and the excitement for day two

hearing all the comments about the great food there was to eat

seeing artists like Zio Ziegler, D*Face, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Doze Green, Ana Marietta, etc. have their art work taken in by thousands of eyes

meeting a father and daughter on Sunday morning at The Beat and hearing about their different experiences at the festival on day one and how thankful they were to have made the trip

seeing grown adults act like kids getting to bowl backstage at Brooklyn Bowl

seeing Beck don a rhinestone cape a la Liberace

The Killers honoring Lou Reed

Kings of Leon’s first show in Vegas since 2009

capturing a sea of people rocking out to Imagine Dragons

seeing two of my staff get to perform at Life is Beautiful

the copious amounts of confetti that made people happy

the Tibetan prayer flags as you entered the footprint

falling in love with Super Sprowtz activation for the kids

my golf cart not moving for nearly two days but in the perfect place for my 10 minute escape from The Killers set to catch a few moments of Empire of the Sun

Jake Wagner replacing my golf cart sticker with “Shine Bright Like A Nyman”

the moment I saw the first post go up at the Downtown Stage

waking up on festival morning realizing that we were about to do something special

watching people with 3-D glasses check out an amazing mural by Las Vegas artists

seeing the best Vampire Weekend show I’ve ever seen

looking at the joy on the faces of the Mystere characters backstage after just performing “Radioactive” with Imagine Dragons

bringing friends into FOH to catch a couple shows  which I know made their experience that much more special

riding a bicycle around the festival footprint when nobody was on it

Dawes performing at Grills & Guitars

hearing about the performances from Robert DeLong, STS9, Big Gigantic, Poolside, Cosmic Suckerpunch from friends who’d never listened to those artists and be blown away

the crowd of people lined up outside of Insert Coin(s) waiting for their limited edition New Era Life is Beautiful hat and a pop up performance by F. Stokes

seeing the Red Bull Tour Bus pull into the festival grounds and a realize that program we dreamed of come to life

witnessing Michael Jackson ONE on the Downtown Stage

bass face

all my people in the box office and credential trailer, thank you!

the good vibes that came from listening to Omar

Team Bacon & Eggs

YB

Nok Hockey

our “let’s have a fucking festival” t-shirts

the countless hugs and high fives

taking in the Kings of Leon show with my family

learning from the best

a dream come true

sure there were a whole lot more memories but I hope this gives you an idea….

Slowly I’m crawling out of the hole I was and getting a chance to see friends, catch up on life and return to the “real world.”  Thank you all for you patience as I at times was unresponsive, non committal and sometimes short.  I hope you didn’t take it personal, I was just embarking on an adventure that would consume me.  Was it worth it?  Every second!

 

 

 

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6 Responses to “What @LifeIsBeautiful was to me”

  1. Arlene Wszalek November 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    It was a joy to be there (only diminished slightly by not actually managing to run into you, so we couldn’t congratulate you in person!). Bring on LIB 2014, and hope to see you soon. xx

  2. arlenewszalek November 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    It was a JOY to be there (lessened only in that we never managed to run into you so we could congratulate you in person). Bring on LIB 2014, and hope to see you soon! xx

  3. Nate Ludens November 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    You invented Shot Thursday, too. Just sayin. Seriously though. The goosebumps I got during Killers and Dragons was something I haven’t experienced. Your vision, experience and ridiculous dedication tattooed this city, man. I’m really lucky to have been a part of it.

    • Craig November 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      Thanks, Nate! Appreciate that! And yes, Shot Thursday, now that was an amazing happening and I’m glad we continued it all the way through the year! Now on to planning 2014 🙂

  4. Erik Kabik November 12, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    Bravo Craig….Bravo!!! It was amazing and BEAUTIFUL!

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