Overheard at Life Is Beautiful 2015


Photo by Jesse J Sutherland

From the story of The Killers to straight up TMI, Life Is Beautiful brought out the best and the worst from people. Here’s what we picked up over the weekend—compliments, commentary and complaints:


“Look at the size of that thing! It’s huge, but it’s still not EDC.”—A woman walking toward the Troubadour stage with her boyfriend

“Dance like Jurassic Park funded public schools instead of a shitty movie!” —Dan Deacon

“I wrote this song on my mom’s couch in my boxers in North Las Vegas. It’s called ‘On the Regular.’”—Shamir

“Banksy isn’t real, just like the fake ass plants and waterfall in that stupid truck.” —A man waiting in line to see Banksy’s piece.

“Alright, y’all: I’ma need y’all to take y’all’s shirts off like Diplo, and when this shit drops, swing ‘em around your head. Ready? 1, 2, 3, GO!”—Walshy Fire of Major Lazer

“Yeah, it tastes just like real meat, but it’s not as filling.”—A woman describing Garden Grill’s vegan food to a man while waiting in line

“You might be wondering when I’m going to put this violin down and sing. But I’m not, ‘cause I’m a violinist.” —Lindsey Stirling, ten minutes before she put that violin down and sang

“You know, actually, a lot of cops are really good looking here.” –An older woman to one of her friends as they passed guards by Huntridge stage.

“Wow, I wish I could stay in one of these rooms for a night!” —A man wandering around the Art Motel

“Head back. We missed it. It’s over.”
“Missed who?”
“Nobody gives a fuck about Hozier.” —A conversation between a group of friends leaving the Downtown stage at 10 p.m.

“Life is beautiful.”—Stevie Wonder

“This is awesome sex music!” —Woman during Stevie Wonder

“I don’t think he knows this crowd is white.” —Woman during Stevie Wonder


“Yo! I know this is a party and all, but I gotta ask y’all to quit jumpin’. This thing might tip over!”—Art Car Boombox DJ

“I never thought I would get lit off a ringtone.” —A man dancing to Giraffage’s remix of the stock iPhone ringtone

“Life really is beautiful with a group like this … in a crowd like this … with a moon like that … in the hot Vegas desert.”—Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran after performing ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’

“Is that where ravers go to pass out?”—A woman asking a friend about the Western Hotel—the festival’s makeshift cooling station.

That is Duran Duran? I thought they were like 70. I totally know this song.”—A thirty-something guy who claimed that he had no idea who Duran Duran was

“Biggie’s here?!” –A woman when Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” started playing at Snoop Dogg’s show.

“I’d like to thank the beauty salon.”—Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons thanking the Beauty Bar for letting him play there during his early days.

I just want to zipline back to the shuttles.—A guy in a yellow wristband and an LSU shirt.


“My toes are bleeding, but I need to see Tchami! Two more drinks and let’s go!”—A woman in Atomic Liquors.

“We lost the Asians!”—A man running away from the festival footprint.

“Who threw condoms on the fucking stage?” –Halsey in the middle of singing “New Americana.”

“I do bite, but not that hard.” –Rosario Dawson during her Learning Series Q&A in regards to people being intimidated by her because of her character in Sin City.

“If you’ve got on new sunglasses or a new pair of sneakers, you might want to get the fuck out, because we’re about to fuck shit up.”—El-P of Run the Jewels before performing “Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)

“This next one is a duet. I’ll be singing the part of the boy, and singing the part of the girl is Bethany [Cosentino] from Best Coast.” —Rivers Cuomo before performing “Go Away”

“We may be having some technical issues. It’s ok; these things happen. Can I get another keyboard?” —Brandon Flowers before stagehands brought out his illuminated “K” keyboard halfway through his scheduled set and the rest of the Killers joined him to play.

“This song was conceived at the Gold Coast on Flamingo. Then it went to Dave’s apartment, then Ronnie’s garage. Then the world got its hands on it and we became The Killers. We’ve been waving the Las Vegas flag all over the world, and we’re proud to be playing for you guys tonight.”—Brandon Flowers introducing “All the Things That I’ve Done”

“Oh my god I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. This is my first concert.”—A teen during Kendrick Lamar’s performance

“We’re totally listening to this when we have sex later.”—A woman holding hands with her significant other while watching Kendrick Lamar perform “Poetic Justice.”

“Shout out to my team for picking up all the balls on this motherfucking stage.” —Kendrick Lamar, referring to color-changing inflatable balls thrown into the audience during “M.A.A.D. City”

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