Your Guide to This Fall’s Music Festivals

Janelle Monae at last year's Life is Beautiful festival

Janelle Monae at last year’s Life is Beautiful festival

Who’d have thought there were so many music festivals in Las Vegas? Here’s the scoop on our favorites.

Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival

What: A high-energy gathering of grunge rock from the makers of liquid gold.

Who: Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Pop Evil and nine others.

How: Sept. 17, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel,

VIP, please: The upgrade includes a festival-branded bandana, towel and lighter … for the slow jams.


Las Vegas Jazz Festival

What: Three days of sounds so smooth butter might get jealous.

Who: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Anthony Hamilton and 14 others.

How: Sept. 19-21, JW Marriot Las Vegas Resort,

Re-entry is permitted: So you can take breaks to roam the gorgeous landscape.


Big Blues Bender

What: This inaugural effort promises multiple genres and convenience: “Everything is an elevator ride away.”

How: Sept. 25-29, Riviera,

Who: B.B. King, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Blind Boys of Alabama and 29 others.

It feels good to be a local: Four-day passes for Clark County residents are $350, but out-of-town packages run from $599.50-$1,399.


Boulevard Brew Fest

What: Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull Tour stop, plus a seven-hour, outdoor “beer-topia.”

How: Sept. 27, the lot across from Luxor,

Who: Kings of Leon, Young the Giant, Kongos and others TBA.

Top Billing: Should go to the beer. Expect 60 varieties imported from Oregon and local craft brew selections.


Route 91 Harvest Festival

What: A three-day convergence of country music’s heavy-hitters and up-and-comers.

Who: Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and 15 others.

How: Oct. 3-5, the lot across from Luxor,

Start ’em young: Children 6 and under are admitted free. Adults beware: Only 3-day passes are available for you.


Hemp Fest

What: Musicians, comedians, specialists and enthusiasts gathering to celebrate the herb.

Who: Berner, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Baby Bash and 46 others.

How: Oct. 4, Clark County Government Amphitheater,

Leave with: Itchy eyes, new products and the official title of 2014 HempFest Girl, if you’re a female who so chooses to enter the beauty contest.


Wine Amplified Weekend

What: The music and boozefest outgrows Mandalay Bay Beach in its ninth incarnation.

How: Oct. 10-11, the lot across from Luxor,

Who: Blink 182, Train, Michael Franti and Spearhead and more TBA.

Plan ahead: On-site purchases must be made using your scannable wristband, which you can pre-load with “festival bucks.”


Safe in Sound Festival

What: A concert classified at 10 on the Richter scale.

Who: Flux Pavilion, Destroid, Caked Up and Terravita.

How: Oct. 23, Brooklyn Bowl,

Cheer for: Las Vegas’ own Caked Up, assuming the duo can hear you over the noise coming from PK Sound speakers.


Life Is Beautiful Festival

What: The second coming of art, music, food and learning to DTLV.

Who: Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Outkast and 66 others.

How: Oct. 24-26, Downtown, this year’s exact footprint is TBA,

Don’t miss: The gourmet grub at your fingertips. Or Kanye West. No matter what, everyone at the water cooler will be taking about him.

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