Life is Beautiful Festival announces the official lineup and programming details for its highly-anticipated sophomore year. Expanding from a two-day to a three-day cultural event in response to the success of its first year, Life is Beautiful will once again play host to the world’s top musicians, chefs and cultural icons for an inspiring weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. Expanding in both longevity and in scope, this year’s festival will feature nearly 70 chart-topping acts, dozens of culinary giants, and world-renowned speakers, all on 4 massive stages in the heart of the newly revived Downtown Las Vegas, with unexpected art installations and several Culinary Villages.
“Life is Beautiful is about inspiring people. It’s about offering messages of hope and encouragement through a unique experience,” said Life is Beautiful Founder Rehan Choudhry. “We’ve been so fortunate to work with the world’s most talented and authentic set of musicians, chefs, artists and speakers, who will once again join us in Downtown Las Vegas for an unforgettable weekend, and we are thrilled to finally let the world know who we’re showcasing in 2014.”
Music is Beautiful
Over the course of the three days, the festival will feature an eclectic lineup of nearly 70 internationally established and emerging bands on four outdoor stages, including:
Kanye West, Foo Fighters, OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lionel Richie, The Flaming Lips, The Weeknd, Girl Talk, Alt-J, The Roots, Broken Bells, TV on the Radio , A-Trak, Kacey Musgraves, Fitz & The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Head and The Heart, Panic! At The Disco, Matt & Kim, Neon Trees, Jenny Lewis, G-Eazy, OK Go, Tycho, Mayer Hawthorne, Switchfoot, tune-yards, MS MR, RAC, Holy Ghost!, Dizzy Wright, St. Lucia, Trampled By Turtles, Galantis, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Ryan Hemsworth, Mø, DJ Mustard, Vintage Trouble, J. Roddy Walston and The Business, The Orwells, Ásgeir, M4SONIC, Sleeper Agent, The Preatures, DJ Cassidy, MisterWives, ASTR, holychild, Night Terrors of 1927, Nostalghia, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Paper Route, Rusty Maples, Moksha, Ekoh, Sabriel, American Cream, Rabbit! and more, plus a special performance from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil with members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic orchestra.
Food is Beautiful
Led once again by an esteemed advisory board comprised of more than a dozen world-class chefs, Life is Beautiful's culinary programming will feature its popular Culinary Village experience - this time multiplied and integrated more seamlessly into the overall festival footprint - and will feature the best local restaurants that Las Vegas has to offer as well as curated, handcrafted pairings of beer, wine, and spirits from some of the world's most distinguished mixologists, wine makers, and brewers. Also featured for guests' pleasure will be the intimate Chefs On Stage demonstrations where guests can get an up-close and personal look at chefs' techniques and inspirations.
The lineup of culinary talent participating in this year’s festival includes:
Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg (Blue Ribbon, Brooklyn Bowl - Board Co-chairs), Scott Conant (Scarpetta - Board Member), Hubert Keller (Fleur by Hubert Keller - Board Member), Giada De Laurentiis (Giada), José Andrés (minibar by José Andrés), Cat Cora (Co-Founder of Chefs for Humanity - Board Member), Nancy Silverton (Mozza Restaurant Group), Spike Mendelsohn (Good Stuff Eatery), Marc Forgione (Restaurant Marc Forgione, American Cut), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto NYC, Adele’s Nashville - Board Member), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes), Rick Moonen (RM Seafood, Rx Boiler Room - Board Member), Kim Canteenwalla (Honey Salt, Buddy V's, Made.LV - Board Member), Jet Tila (Kuma Snow Cream, Pakpao Thai - Board Member), Donald Link (Cochon, Herbsaint, Butcher, Peche - Board Member), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill Restaurants & Truck - Board Member), Susan Feniger (Border Grill Restaurants & Truck - Board Member), Larry Forgione (Conservatory at Greystone, Culinary Institute of America), Frankie Pellegrino Jr. (Rao’s Restaurant Group), Shawn McClain (Sage and FIVE50 Pizza Bar at ARIA), Sam Marvin (Echo & Rig), Bryan Forgione (Buddy V's), Mike Minor (TruckUBarbeque), Madison Cowan (Madison Cowan LLC) and more.
Grills & Guitars: Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m.
Grills & Guitars, the festival’s official kick-off party, will usher in another year of Life is Beautiful on Thursday, October 23 starting at 7 pm at Gold Spike (217 Las Vegas Blvd North). Showcasing celebrity chefs at gourmet food stations, live music, beer, wine and cocktail tastings, this walk-around culinary event will once again be the most talked-about food event of the season. A twist on the traditional backyard barbecue, Grills & Guitars will pair beer, wine and cocktails with flame-kissed fare that satisfies all the senses. The VIP event is a separately ticketed, exclusive and intimate outdoor experience. Participating chefs and restaurants include: Bruce & Eric Bromberg (Blue Ribbon, Brooklyn Bowl), Kim Canteenwalla (Honey Salt, Buddy V's, Made.LV), Cat Cora (Co-Founder of Chefs for Humanity), Marc Forgione (Restaurant Marc Forgione, American Cut), Nancy Silverton (Mozza Restaurant Group), Hubert Keller (Fleur by Hubert Keller), Sam Marvin (Echo & Rig), Shawn McClain (Sage and FIVE50 Pizza Bar at ARIA), Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Border Grill Restaurants & Truck), Frankie Pellegrino Jr. (Rao’s Restaurant Group), Jet Tila (Kuma Snow Cream, Pakpao Thai), Palm Restaurant, Andiamo and more.
Grills & Guitars Tickets are $175 plus fees, and will be available at www.lifeisbeautiful.com.
Art is Beautiful
Art is Beautiful offers an urban-inspired immersive experience for a new generation of art and entertainment enthusiasts. By eliminating the velvet ropes and formal museum environment, Life is Beautiful’s art programming allows festival goers to actively engage with critically-acclaimed artists from around the globe and from within Downtown Las Vegas’ progressive art scene. Building on 2013's success, this year will include more street art installations, large-scale murals, fine art displays, and performance art. A list of the participating artists will be announced soon.
Learning is Beautiful
The Learning is Beautiful speaker series is designed to bring together inspiring and informative speakers from around the world to share their ideas and passions. This annual series is an ideal compliment to the festival’s art, culinary and music pillars. Festival attendees will have the unique opportunity to enjoy poignant talks by critically acclaimed speakers from various fields while also enjoying the many other activities and entertainment Life is Beautiful has to offer. The Learning is Beautiful speaker lineup will be announced soon.