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Mumford & Sons, artist Shepard Fairey and a Nobu food booth? Only at Life Is Beautiful fest in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Life Is Beautiful festival
Each September, the heart of downtown Las Vegas is transformed into a cultural oasis for the Life is Beautiful festival, a gathering for fans of music, art and food.
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Downtown Las Vegas will morph into a musical street scene in September as more than 80 bands — Mumford & Sons, J. Cole, Jane’s Addiction, the Lumineers, Young the Giant among them — take to several stages during the fourth Life is Beautiful festival.

The three-day event also showcases art, culinary experiences and ideas, taking over 18 city blocks Sept. 23-25. An estimated 100,000 people attended last year’s event.

Multiple stages attract tens of thousands of music fans during the 2015 Life is Beautiful celebration.
Multiple stages attract tens of thousands of music fans during the 2015 Life is Beautiful celebration.
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Go to the festival’s website to read (and hear) what the “movement” of this “soul collective” is all about.

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Musical genres include pop, rock, electronic dance music and hip-hop. Check out the online lineup of groups if you want to customize your weekend experience.

Aside from the music, there’s a Culinary Village with more than 40 food vendors to create what the website describes as a “fusion of flavor.” Participating eateries include Ben’s BBQ, Funnel Cake Cafe, N9NE Steakhouse and Nobu.

About 80 bands representing various musical genres are scheduled to perform Sept. 23-25 during Life is Beautiful.
About 80 bands representing various musical genres are scheduled to perform Sept. 23-25 during Life is Beautiful.
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In addition, an ensemble of 35 cast members from the seven Cirque du Soleil shows on the Strip will perform half-hour shows on Sept. 23.

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New to this year’s festival is Crime on Canvas, an art show at the long-shuttered Western Hotel along Fremont Street. “We wanted to create an experience that showcases the influence music and art have on each other,” curator Jay Nailor, owner of Las Vegas’ M Modern Gallery, said in a statement.

General admission tickets cost $125 for a single day; three-day passes cost $285.

Info: Life Is Beautiful

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