This year, the fest has tapped Chance The Rapper, The Black Keys, and Post Malone to headline while the rest of the lineup stays true to Life is Beautiful’s usual lineup diversity.
Something For Everyone
Along with Chance, Posty, and The Black Keys, Life Is Beautiful has filled in an impressive secondary headliner lineup. Teen pop provocateur Billie Eilish will perform along with post-dad-rock turned nu-jam band Vampire Weekend and Zedd. Further down the sub-headliner list, Lil Wayne, Portugal. The Man, Rüfüs Du Sol, and Janelle Monáe will all perform. Seeing how a few of these acts would typically headline a festival, the fact that LIB has this roster along with the first three headliners speaks to the festival’s strong lineup.
Down in the smaller text is where things get interesting for Life Is Beautiful. Festival mainstays like Walk The Moon, Louis the Child, Rae Sremmurd, and Gryffin all appear. But then there are some straight-up curveballs. ‘80s cheese legends Toto show up to raise some eyebrows and yep, play “Africa.” Meanwhile, Dashboard Confessional and Of Monsters and Men will perform, the former a late addition to the festival.
The other parts of the lineup are solid from top to bottom. Cult pop heroes Carly Rae Jepsen and Banks are sure to attract decent-sized crowds. As far as rap goes, LIB has a few more well-placed options. Houston rapper Maxo Kream, down in the small font, is coming off his critically-acclaimed debut record Brandon Banks and could be an underrated set while Sheck Wes and Gunna will bring the energy. And, if anything, go see Hot Chip. Because Hot Chip is amazing live.
Wanna See A Live Podcast?
Like any big festival, LIB brings more than music. In a trend that is becoming more commonplace, LIB has booked a few podcasts for 2019. It makes sense. Ticket sales to live podcast events have increased over 2000 percent in the past six years. To that point, “Pod Save America” will make an appearance to talk politics, presumably, between sets of Die Antwoord and Phantogram.
Perhaps funnier, the Bodega Boys Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will come and talk sh*t for an hour on stage and Jonathan Van Ness of “Queer Eye” fame will bring his standup routine to the fest. And, because it is Las Vegas, LIB has brought Cirque Du Soleil back for another year of death-defying acrobatics.