Music Festival season has rolled around again, which means that everywhere I turn, I am being bombarded by colorful posters and web ads that boast all of my favorite bands in their lineups. Lately, the most prominent of these has been the Life is Beautiful festival, which will be invading Las Vegas in late September.
Before I continue, I want to say I think music festivals are awesome. One of my favorite memories was seeing Arcade Fire and My Morning Jacket play back to back at Bonnaroo one balmy night in July a few years back. And I will admit that most of what I am about to say about Life is Beautiful amounts to sour grapes because I am an adult with a job where people depend on me, which means I can’t attend.
That said, who wants to attend your stinky music festival anyway, Life is Beautiful? I mean, come on… you couldn’t even have it in the summer like normal festivals so that grown ass adults could come rock out to the Gorillaz, Lorde, and Blink-182 alongside all f the stoned 20-somethings? Thanks a lot!!
In all seriousness, while the Life is Beautiful lineup seems downright incredible this year, there is one thing that annoys me about this festival when you compare it to awesome ones like Coachella and Bonnaroo: there is no campground.
See, while music festivals really are all about the music (and a little about drugs, I suppose), so much of the experience of attending one is camping at the festival and getting to know all of your temporary neighbors–who are inevitably some of the coolest people you’ll ever meet.
Because Life is Beautiful takes place in Vegas, most of the festival-goers stay in hotels near the strip. Which is all well and good, I suppose, but in my opinion, this makes Life is Beautiful a less than pure music festival experience. Feel free to disagree while you’re chilling to Muse and Cage the Elephant in September.