This week, it was announced that schools may reopen soon in Los Angeles, and today Las Vegas’ music festival, Life is Beautiful, has announced its lineup for September. Are we really back to normal? 17-19 September are just six months away, and, for planning such a large-scale event. I suppose that the organizers are confident enough that we will be in a safe place by then. We shall see.
‘After a year away, we’re not only excited to welcome our fans back to Downtown Las Vegas, but also our partner artists, chefs, speakers, and creators of all forms,’ Life Is Beautiful CEO David Oehm said. ‘We believe in the power and connection that comes with live experiences and we’re thrilled to reunite and celebrate a collective return to discovery, serendipity, and together!’
On the page of the event, you can nevertheless read this:
‘As festival dates approach, we will provide our community with pertinent information on festival preparedness, including what may be required beyond a ticket to enter festival grounds. By purchasing a ticket, you agree to comply with all Federal, State, and Local laws, ordinance, regulations, and the rules of the Event Organizers when attending the event.’
I highly suspect that attendees would be required to show a vaccination record card to enter the festival, which could be a problem for the young population. Currently, there are vaccination trials for 12-17 year-olds and some experts are saying the vaccine may be ready for summer, but it could be a challenge to get the vaccine on time for teenagers. Since Billie Eilish headlines one of the nights, you can expect 15-16 year-olds (or should I say younger?) rush on Pfizer shots as soon as they are available for them.
The two other headliners are Tame Impala and Green Day. Really?.. I thought this festival was usually mostly pop, hip hop, and EDM. Hip hop is clearly represented: A$AP Rocky, 6Lack, Young Thug, while EDM has Illenium, fisher, Dillon Francis, and pop-rock has Haim, Glass Animals, St Vincent, Brittany Howard, Death from Above 1979, Emotional Oranges, Yaeji, Modest Mouse, Clozee… and many others.
‘When curating the lineup for Life is Beautiful this year, we challenged ourselves to stay grounded in the realities of the year that we just lived,” said Justin Weniger, partner at Life is Beautiful. ‘The way we discover artists changed, the places we listened to music evolved, and the meaning of music deepened as we listened in new ways. This year’s lineup isn’t our 2019 lineup in 2021. It’s our 2021 lineup, and celebrates the artists, both established and emerging, who were the shining lights during our darkest days.’
Here is the entire lineup:
Billie Eilish, Green Day, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Illenium, HAIM, Young Thug, Glass Animals, FISHER, St. Vincent, 6LACK, Modest Mouse, Dillon Francis, Ludacris, Don Toliver, LANY, Brittany Howard, San Holo, J.I.D, Surfaces, Gorgon City, EARTHGANG, Death From Above 1979, All Time Low, Ekali, Purity Ring, Ashnikko, SHAED, Trevor Daniel, DRAMA, Cash Cash, surf mesa, Still Woozy, Noah Cyrus, Caamp, Yaeji, CloZee, Shiba San, Lost Frequencies, Emotional Oranges, Joel Corry, Remi Wolf, Celeste, half•alive, Jamila Woods, White Reaper, Slenderbodies, BIA, LSDREAM, NOTD, Ant Clemons, Mob Rich, Amy Allen, Evan Giia, ford., The Backseat Lovers, Sir Chloe, Teddy Swims, Brijean, POORSTACY, Ekoh, Midnight Kids and Monoky.
General on-sale tickets for the festival will be released on March 12 at 10 a.m. PT, and whether people are happy with the lineup will not matter much. Tickets will very probably fly as soon as they are on sale.
New Wave pop bliss out
I WISH I HADN’T GONE
a time-capsule type of roster
Creem -America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1971 (Volume 3, Number 6)
“Sure, we don’t pay much but then who else do ya know who’ll publish you?”
in the immortal words of Jason Isbell to me at Gov Ball a coupla years ago: “let’s do this…”
one of the great top tens of the 2020
old school Puerto Rican underground sounds
a masterful pop about loving a drug addict
Interpol is at Just Like Heaven
the best post punk UK rock band alive