Life Is Beautiful Announces Lineup

Indie rock, hip-hop, EDM, R&B, hot up-and-comers and a bona fide living legend—Life Is Beautiful 2015 strikes a diverse chord

To be perfectly honest, Life Is Beautiful 2015 had us at the headliners: local superstars Imagine Dragons, Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar and living legend Stevie Wonder. We admit it: Our minds are a teensy bit blown.

But the good stuff doesn’t end there. This year’s Life Is Beautiful lineup comes tantalizingly close to embodying the timeworn slogan “Something for everyone.” There are chart-topping acts (Hozier, Future Islands); Gen X favorites (Duran Duran, Weezer); alt-rock powerhouses (Metric, Death Cab for Cutie); game-changing hip-hop acts (Run the Jewels, Atmosphere); down-and-dirty rockers (Against Me!, Royal Blood); Electric Daisy Carnival favorites (Major Lazer, Madeon); stalwart indies (Best Coast, Edward Sharpe); and more than a few artists that defy categories (Lindsey Stirling, Thievery Corporation). It even marks a homecoming for two additional Vegas acts: The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, who’s revisiting the festival as a solo performer, and Shamir, one of Vegas Seven’s Intriguing People for 2015 whose star as an R&B shape-shifter is rising on a wave of unrivaled critical acclaim.

This complete lineup for the September 25-27 festival remains a work-in-progress; several more acts will be announced during the summer. And the festival producers have yet to reveal the headliners of the arts, culinary and speaker programs. (Disclaimer: Wendoh Media, now a co-producer of Life Is Beautiful, also publishes Vegas Seven and And we know as much about the lineup at this point as you do.) Still, it’s tough to imagine anything as incredible as seeing Stevie Wonder, a fourth-year inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, playing his music for a festival crowd amid the lights of Downtown.

Somehow, we suspect Life Is Beautiful is working on moments that will top even that one.

Read our interviews with Imagine Dragons, Duran Duran, Twenty One Pilots and Walk the Moon about the festival.

Buy tickets for this year’s festival. 

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