11 things you don’t know about Vegas' Life is Beautiful Festival
The 2014 Life is Beautiful Festival is one of the things you have to do in Vegas this fall for a reason. Imagine Kanye West... and the Foo Fighters... and Outkast... and dozens of other acts performing in the middle of a giant outdoor restaurant and you'd know what you NEED to know about Sin City's sweetest music festival. But you wouldn't know everything. In fact, here're 11 things you don't know about Life is Beautiful...
Don’t have a ticket? There’s an unlikely place to watch online.
They didn't sell content rights to some music or entertainment conglomerate. They gave 'em to World Education University, which means you can watch live HD streaming of Panic! At The Disco, Priory, Skrillex, and other acts thanks to an organization that provides tuition-free education to students in nearly 200 countries.
Best. Festival. Booze. Ever.
The booze isn’t limited to a handful of choices from select sponsors like most music festivals. LIB is offering a full bar that includes 57 specialty cocktails, including the Life Is Beautiful Dutch Mule -- with Ketel One Citroen vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer. Stations will also be strategically placed to offer drinks that pair well with specific foods.
Dude... Nobu will be there
Some of the Strip's best spots will be in the house. Nobu will be serving a miso-marinated Alaskan black cod on butter lettuce, as well as yellowtail sashimi, while Chef José Andrés will be preparing oxtail tacos that have yet to appear at his new restaurant at SLS Las Vegas.
There will be a one-time only tribute to The Beatles
The Cirque du Soleil production of The Beatles LOVE is one of the best shows in Vegas, and the cast and crew are teaming up with the Las Vegas Philharmonic for a 40 minute spectacle on Sunday that has never been seen before… and probably won’t be seen again.
You can blend your own piña colada -- and burn a few calories
Bacardi is offering a piña colada that you can blend yourself -- using energy generated from pedaling a stationary bike.
You can learn to speak Dothraki (maybe)
In addition to musicians, LIB is giving stage time to speakers ranging from former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, to Russian civil rights activists/troublemakers Pussy Riot, to David J. Peterson -- the dude who actually invented languages used in Game of Thrones -- as long as they follow two rules: don’t promote anything and no canned speeches.
You can try food from restaurants that aren’t even open yet
Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar will be previewing some of the cuisine it plans to offer at its location in the Red Rock Resort, including lamb sandwiches and pizza prepped in a brick rotisserie oven. 8 Noodle Bar will be serving pork and shrimp gyoza and Tonkotsu Ramen before it opens at Red Rock too.
VIP tickets are worth it for the food alone
Those with a VIP wristband will be the only ones with access to the Blue Ribbon fried chicken and a crawfish boil from Brooklyn Bowl. They will also get the first crack at the festival’s infamous “pop-up” surprises, like last year’s 250-pound whole tuna that suddenly appeared and got turned into bite-size servings.
There’s a badass shot waiting for you… outside the festival grounds
The festival is making it easy to come and go as you please. So feel free to grab a breather and take a walk down Fremont St or make a pit stop at Nacho Daddy -- where bartenders will be on the lookout for those with LIB wristbands. They’re offering a special tequila shot with (yes) a real scorpion inside… and have pre-ordered about 3,000 of the insects to get ready.
There's plenty of other fun stuff happening Downtown
On Thursday, Gold Spike will host the Grills & Guitars kick-off party featuring music from Vintage Trouble and grilled food with a Southern culinary vibe. On Friday and Saturday PICNIC at the Downtown Grand will offer up a poolside party from noon-6pm, featuring appearances from festival acts such as Fitz and The Tantrums. And each night, a Later! Louder! series of concerts will take place at Backstage Bar & Billiards and other Downtown spots featuring acts like Everclear and Warren G. Plus official after-shows at the Fremont Country Club will have performances from Echosmith and Mayer Hawthorne.
You’ll get special treatment when you party on the Strip after the festival
LIB is partnering up with The Wynn and Wynn Encore (which have some of the best nightclubs in Las Vegas), where your festival wristband will get you priority access to XS, Surrender, and Tryst.
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