I don’t think they need any intro, Duran Duran are performing in less than a week in Downtown Las Vegas at Life is Beautiful. Just wow! Fun fact, back in 2008 Duran Duran played Vegas they brought out a special guest, Brandon Flowers of The Killers! Perhaps lightning will strike twice? I sure hope so!
Oh man, just 24 hours from the 2014 Life is Beautiful lineup! I cannot wait to share this year’s lineup with everyone. Each minute we get closer to releasing it the more excited I get. I hope my enthusiasm and love for the talent assembled for year two of the festival is shared by you as well after tomorrow. I hope that as you watch this video below which recaps the music portion of Life is Beautiful 2013, you get pumped to create a whole new set of beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
“A music festival is a gathering of a lot of strangers but I must say that music by the end of the night it always makes me feel like I know everybody that I shared that experience with and there’s nothing else in the world that can do that like music.” – Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons at Life is Beautiful Festival
Quite the Wednesday in the festival world as Governor’s Ball, Hangout, Mountain Jam, Shaky Knees, CounterPoint and Big Guava all announced their lineups. With the exception of CounterPoint and Mountain Jam what do they all have in common besides being on the east coast? OutKast as a headliner.
Want the full lineups for each? Follow the links below.
Governors Ball – Randall’s Island, NY | Headliners: OutKast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes
Hangout Music Festival – Gulf Shores, AL | Headliners: The Black Keys, The Killers, OutKast, Jack Johnson
Mountain Jam – Hunter Mountain, NY | Headliners: Bob Weir & Rat Dog, Gov’t Mule, Pretty Lights, TBD
Shaky Knees – Atlanta, GA | Headliners: The National, Modest Mouse, TBD
CounterPoint – Kingston Downs, GA | Headliners: OutKast, Pretty Lights, Foster The People
Big Guava – Tampa, FL | Headliners: OutKast,Vampire Weekend, Foster The People
I lost track of how many shows I’ve seen this year. Needless to say that it was a lot over the past 365 days and I’m not even done yet! Closing out 2013 with oh sweet music but before then, here are ten of my favorite concerts from the past year (including festival shows).
10. Two Gallants at Beauty Bar (June 8, Las Vegas)
9. Allen Stone at Bottle Rock (May 11, Napa)
8. Madeon at EDC (June 21, Las Vegas)
7. Phoenix at Outside Lands (August 11, San Francisco)
6. The Black Crowes at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (December 14, San Francisco)
5. The Killers at Life is Beautiful (October 27, Las Vegas)
4. Chvrches at Hype Hotel at SXSW (March 14, Austin)
3. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros at BLVD Pool (August 1, Las Vegas)
2. Vampire Weekend at Life is Beautiful (October 27, Las Vegas)
1. Paul McCartney at Outside Lands (August 8, SF)
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
all my people in the box office and credential trailer, thank you!
the good vibes that came from listening to Omar
Team Bacon & Eggs
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!