Life Is Beautiful has really blown up to the point where now it is one of the top music festivals in the country. Even with this there are still plenty of Life Is Beautiful virgins attending every year, so this article is to provide you all with insider tips for your first LIB experience. Life Is Beautiful is a great festival, but there’s always those little tips that can make a big difference. After reading this article you will be all set to have a blast at Life Is Beautiful. Let’s get to it.
Las Vegas, where Life Is Beautiful obviously takes place, is fucking hot in September. If you get a day that is just in the high-80s consider yourself lucky: often it will reach 100+, and you will be out in the sun often. Hydration is critical at Life Is Beautiful if you are going to make it through all three days. I strongly recommend you snag a Camelbak before heading to Life Is Beautiful. They are fairly inexpensive, will allow you to carry plenty of water with you, and you will use it for more than just Life Is Beautiful.
Related to my first point, but pace yourself at Life Is Beautiful. I know it’s Vegas and no one wants to pace themselves, but be sure you make it through all three days of Life Is Beautiful as it was an expensive ticket. You don’t want to be set on seeing a show on Sunday and pass out before making it to the performance.
Obviously bring your credit card to Life Is Beautiful but be sure to bring some cash with you as well. How else are you going to sneak off to gamble? Some of the booths only accept cash so be sure to have some on you. Plus sometimes it’s nice to just pay quickly with cash and get back to the action. Just be aware that ATMs inside Life Is Beautiful carry a whopping bullshit ATM fee, as do all ATMs in Vegas, so try to get cash beforehand.
No one wants to look squinty in pictures. Be a hero and bring a cheap pack of sunglasses so no one in your squad is squinty either: I like these, they are cheap and get the job done. In general I am a big proponent of NOT bringing your fancy shades to anywhere in Las Vegas you will be drinking.
Obviously you can wear sandals if you want but I really suggest actual shoes in case your feet get stepped on in the drunken crowd. Also be sure to wear some of your most comfortable shoes. Life Is Beautiful days are quite long and you are inevitably on your feet a lot: be sure to wear comfortable shoes to try to make this better. It sucks but this is just part of attending festivals. Dr. Scholls are also a nice option for some additional comfiness.
There are a lot of people at Life Is Beautiful, enough that you are likely to have really crappy service. One thing I always advise in times like these is to timestamp your texts. Don’t say “Meet at Downtown Stage”, say “Meet at Downtown Stage – 9:30”. Sometimes texts come through at later times and you don’t want to confuse your friends.
The Life Is Beautiful App is pretty legit. It let’s you know where everything is, what artists play on which stages and when they are playing. It’s pretty hard to remember everyone you wanted to see, know when they are playing, and at what stage. The app helps a lot with this and is one of the best apps of any music festival. It’s also good for finding the closest restroom, water station and all the food spots you want to try. It’s easily worth the 20MB of space on your phone.
We here at Event Track do not condone the consumption of illegal drinks snuck into the festival grounds. That said, if you were trying to sneak alcohol into Life Is Beautiful I may or may not have had personal success using these plastic bag flasks. Just be creative with where you store them as you go through security and you should be fine.
As I mentioned before you can fully expect shitty service at Life Is Beautiful. As your phone struggles for that elusive 1 bar you can expect the battery to get drained fairly quickly. This makes connecting with your group, calling an Uber, or looking up directions home at the end of the night a real challenge. Having a portable charger or a battery case can be a lifesaver at Life Is Beautiful. I highly recommend snagging one before you head off to Life Is Beautiful. Here’s what I have used in the past:
Yes, you can stay on the Strip but I am a big fan of just staying downtown for Life Is Beautiful. First, if you haven’t stayed downtown before it’s a fun experience. It’s basically like the Strip, just more trashy. There are plenty of casinos, bars, and debauchery to keep you entertained for the weekend when you aren’t at Life Is Beautiful. Plus, you can just walk to the music festival and the hotels are still fairly reasonable. You can stay on the Strip but I strongly advise just staying down on Fremont for Life Is Beautiful.
There’s a lot going on at Life Is Beautiful. Obviously there is music, but there’s tons of art, murals painted in random locations, great food, etc. Even if you don’t have a band you want to see early in the day I suggest going to Life Is Beautiful early and just wander. Some of my favorite memories at Life Is Beautiful when I was just there early and explored. Plus you won’t have to deal with as big of a crowd or lines to get into the festival.
If you want a great spot for a certain performance I highly suggest getting to the stage at least a show in advance. The key with Life Is Beautiful, and really any music festival, is to be there for the transition that happens between sets. Ultimately a lot of people are going to leave between sets to go get food, change stages, go to the bathroom, etc. This is the time you strike and push your way to the front. Get to the stage early so you can take advantage of this and move up if you want a good spot.
I’ve mentioned a few things you should bring to Life Is Beautiful but here is an explicit list:
Controversial opinion, but I really don’t think it’s worth it to be constantly moving around stages at Life Is Beautiful. First, if you stay at one stage you can secure a great spot and easily get a front row spot. Even if you go to a couple of stages in a day you will have good spots. My point is I don’t think it’s worth it to try to go catch the last 15 minutes of a set. Walking between stages at Life Is Beautiful always takes longer than you think, especially in the crowds. If you really want to you obviously can, but I think in general people are disappointed by how much time they spend walking between stages and missing out on shows.
There are many casinos right by the festival where you can sneak into and use the bathroom if you really hate porta-potties. You will need to come back through security, but bathrooms at Life Is Beautiful can be pretty nasty so if you want to opt for a regular bathroom this is the veteran move. In general security through the casinos to get into Life Is Beautiful isn’t too bad so you can sneak out for the bathroom fairly quickly.
Those are all the tips I personally have for Life Is Beautiful, but if you have any questions or tips of your own I’d love to hear them. Most important is to hydrate and have fun: it’s a great festival with a great crowd. It’s hard to not have a great time at Life Is Beautiful!