Huge silver confetti blocks that say LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL in all-caps. A rainbow Kaleidoscopic bear. Colorful walls. A Life is Beautiful flower ring where people can stand inside the flower. Signs with MGMT lyrics. Signs that remind everyone that walks by that they are beautiful. Colorful murals on every street.
All these vibrant decorations at the eighteen-block festival were made for Instagram.
However, virtually nobody was glued to their phones at LiB. In fact, unlike Coachella, when I was in the crowd, rarely anybody had their phones out to record the set. Maybe because it’s a 21+ event (it’s mostly teens who are slaves to their feed, right?), but it was so refreshing to be in an environment where everyone cared less about clothes and more about art, music, and ideas. The only pictures we really took were on the DSLR.
Ann and I flew in only for one day of the festival, but it was so so worth it. We drank froze, soaked in and explored all the outdoor art, went to an indoor art show, screamed non-stop at Mura Masa, chilled at ZHU, enjoyed the best set of life at TroyBoi, met up with our friend Geoff, and ate dumplings/spicy tuna/fried chicken/ice cream/a lot of food. The food selection was pretty expansive, ranging from Taiwanese food (from Little Fatty my favorite!) to food truck favorites like nachos and tacos.
I’ve been to Coachella twice, HARD Summer, Camp Flog Gnaw, and I can honestly say that Life is Beautiful was the chillest festival I’ve attended. No security problems, no one worrying about anybody’s safety, not that much pushing in the crowd, and a non-existent line at the medical tent. LiB is a super well organized festival that exudes good vibes. Everyone was so friendly and the eclectic and relaxed energy made everything feel really surreal. It’s only in its fifth year and I can see this artistic celebration getting better each year.
Life was pretty damn beautiful that weekend.