Name: Life Is Beautiful
Dates: October 24th-26th
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Size: 25,000 (estimate)
Stages/Sound: Life Is Beautiful offered a solid music viewing experience. Each stage had world-class sound systems that easily covered their respective music viewing areas. The stages also had enough production to achieve the magic that all festivals should strive for.
Crowd: As much as I loved LIB 2013, I left the festival thinking that it was the worst crowd I had ever been around. A large portion of them had no idea what they were doing or who any of the artists were. It turns out that, that year, the festival distributed free tickets to residents living near the festival, so these attendees were not really festivalgoers. Thankfully, this was not the case this year. The crowd was great, a diverse crowd consisting of music lovers of all ages. They all did a fine job of keeping the event garbage-free.
Greening: LIB’s cleanliness wasn’t just because of the crowd. The festival organizers hired CleanVibes to keep the venue spotless, and they nailed it. I didn’t see a single overflowing trash/recycle bin all weekend, which was a major improvement over last year. This was one of the cleanest mid-major festivals I’ve ever been to.
Art: LIB has more art than any other festival I’ve been to. There were live artists painting in the VIP area, interactive art that allowed attendees to create their own balloons (I have mixed emotions about this, as it’s bad for the environment), and multiple art installations that provided attendees with lots of different photo opportunities. Considering that all the buildings in downtown Las Vegas are decorated with enormous murals, it’s safe to say that attendees were literally surrounded by art all weekend.
Security: Getting in and out of the venue was a breeze, as LIB had hired of security guards. The search was quick, but thorough, as is the industry standard.
Food:This demands yet another exclamation point. Life Is Beautiful has committed to bringing in the best of the best of the food vendors, and it shows. Each vendor offered high-quality dishes at standard festival prices. Eating was one of the highlights of the festival.
Organization: Life Is Beautiful was very well put together and easy to attend. The bathrooms were well lit and clean. The shows started on time and were easy to get to. I was particularly pleased with this year’s new layout, as it made it simple to see everyone you wanted to. They even made a conscious effort to give attendees places to sit.
Overall: This was a very easy festival to review. Life Is Beautiful gets a full five stars, because the organizers did a great job with every aspect of the event. The lineup, the art, the organization, and the food all combined to create a festival experience as enjoyable as you could ever hope for. See you next year, LIB!
I’m excited to announce that my mobile app FestEvo has just released it’s 2.0 version. If you are not familiar- FestEvo allows you to discover new festivals all around the world and listen to the artists that are playing it. Our new version is faster and easier to use than the previous edition. I’m totally in love with it.
To celebrate the release we are giving away a pair of tickets to the legendary Voodoo Music and Art Experience. Voodoo is the ultimate way to spend your Halloween. For one, it’s in New Orleans which is going to be a treat in and of itself. The lineup is silly good with artists like Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Flux Pavillion, Griz, Outkast, Pretty Lights, Skrillex and dozens more world class artists.
To enter just follow these steps.
1. Download FestEvo on your Android or iOS phone.
2. Search Voodoo Experience and select that you “Want To Go.”
3. Share this photo on and tag @FestEvo.
Location: 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, GA.
Dates: September 26th-28th.
LineUp: The TomorrowWorld lineup featured the biggest names in electronic music. The big names were great, but the lack of diversity made it hard to keep my attention by the third day.
Having the right tent at a music festival can make or break your weekend. The right tent needs to be big enough for you, your crew, and all your gear. It also needs to stay cool during the day so you can actually get some sleep. I had the opportunity to test the 13-ft Lotus Belle Outback tent at festivals across North America this summer and I am finally ready to deliver my review.
Life is funny, in that all we have is the present moment. The past is a memory, the future is a guess. You never know when your present moment might change your future and shape who you will become. It’s been eight years since I was a freshman at Colorado State University, so I have enough mental distance to look back and recognize how a single random occurrence not only transformed my college experience, but shaped me into the guy who gets to review music festivals for a living.
I had just arrived on campus, and was filled with excitement and fear. Everything was new to me. It all seemed so much bigger than the little high school I had attended. I had been on campus for a week and was exploring the student center – literally. I was just wandering down random hallways to see what was there. I figured that if I was going to be here for the next four years, I might as well get to know my surroundings. As I journeyed down a long hallway, I came to a door marked KCSU. There were lots of pictures on the wall of people having fun. It looked like something that I might like to be involved in. I was nervous, though. Going through this door and introducing myself to new people was a scary thought. I had an urge to take the safe route and just walk away, but something in me said, “Just do it. Just go for it.” So I opened the door and put myself out there.
This was a defining moment in my life.
Utopia Festival is getting closer and closer. In a few short days, we’ll be surrounded by Texas' finest and dancing our ass off to world-class music. While it's impossible to have a bad time at a festival, there’s something you can do now to ensure you have an awesome time at Utopia.
To have the best possible experience at Utopia, you need to put a little work in before the event. First, you need to learn the lineup. The more acts you know, the more fun you’ll have listening to them. You also need to know which friends of yours will be there. That way you can plan and get all your camping needs dialled in.
Thankfully, FestEvo, a new mobile app available for Android and iOS phones, allows you to do both of these tasks on your phone. Once you download the free app, you’ll be walked through the process of creating your festivalgoer profile. Next, you can add your FB friends and RSVP to Utopia. This is where the magic happens: as your friends learn about FestEvo, they’ll see that you’re going to be there. Voila! You now have a full party roster for Utopia and every other festival you plan to attend.
During the festival, make sure to stop by the FestEvo booth to get some free sunscreen, have your sunglasses cleaned so you can clearly see how awesome your life is, and share stories with your fellow festivalgoers. The FestEvo Team will also be interested to see if you have any suggestions on other ways the app can help create the ultimate festival experience.