Life is Beautiful 2021: the Las Vegas festival in stunning photos

17-19 September, Las Vegas: Billie Eilish, St. Vincent and Haim all descended on the neon capital – here's what went downtown

This past weekend (Sept 17-19) music’s finest descended to the bright lights of Las Vegas for Life is Beautiful. Nestled in the city’s Downtown, the festival has been shaking the streets of the neon capital since 2013, and returned this year after taking a pandemic-induced break last summer.

With four stages sprawling over multiple blocks, punters could witness everyone from upcoming Brooklyn DJ Yaeji and rising star Ashnikko to commanding victory laps from the likes of Megan Thee Stallion and Billie Eilish. The latter used her set to give a handful of tracks from recent album ‘Happier Than Ever’ their first ever live airings. 

Here’s what went down at Life is Beautiful, in stunning pictures.

All photographs: Jenn Five/NME

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Californian funk-popper Remi Wolf kicks things off 

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Along with bangers like ‘Slumber Party’ and ‘Daisy’, Ashnikko packs a pair of knee-pads for her most full-on choreo moments

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Next up – Willow Smith rocks out

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Glass Animals bring the peanut butter jelly vibes to Las Vegas

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Megan Thee Stallion leads the charge on Friday night

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It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life – and Brooklyn’s Yaeji leaves Downtown feeling good on Saturday evening

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Before long, the clock strikes Haim time

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It’s the band’s first festival set in well over a year, and Alana is delighted

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Ludacris leads the party over at the Bacardi stage

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Bills, bills, bills – pop-punkers Greenday headline Saturday night

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Canadian duo Death From Above 1979 bring their dance-punk to Life is Beautiful on Sunday

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Daddy’s home! St. Vincent serves up her bourbon-soaked new record for the Downtown stage

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The career-spanning setlist also includes ‘Cheerleader’, ‘Digital Witness’ and live favourite ‘Marrow’

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Young Thug joins Lorde, Kanye West and Kid Cudi in the small but flourishing club of ‘artists performing in glass boxes’ – and adds fire to the equation

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The Atlantan rapper plays the likes of ‘Go Crazy’, ‘Ski’ and recent Drake collab ‘Way 2 Sexy’

Young Thug
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Closing out the festival is left to none other than Billie Eilish 

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The singer brings hits galore – and some impressive pose-striking – to the Downtown Stage

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It’s a special Sunday headline set, too, marking Eilish’s first festival show in over a year

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To mark the occasion, a handful of ‘Happier Than Ever’ tracks get their first ever live airing…

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… with ‘NDA’ ‘I Didn’t Change My Number’ and ‘Therefore I Am’ all getting their stage debut

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