We can’t be everywhere at once, but we tried to be all over the Life Is Beautiful festival Oct. 24-26. From complaints, to questions, to Kanye’s rants, here’s what we overheard while on the ground.
“Do you want a cricket?”
–A model handing out boxes of sour cream-and-onion flavored bugs outside the Dos Equis masquerade.
“I keep stepping on people with my heels and I feel really bad.”
–A woman walking through the audience before the Weeknd’s performance.
“This is officially Coachella.”
–A man after one woman relieved herself on the concrete before Kanye West’s performance.
“I’m happy to see my beautiful wife, who’s here tonight. We celebrating her birthday at Tao. That ain’t a plug; I ain’t getting paid to say that. I’m just telling y’all there’s an after-party and where it’s at.”
“It’s kind of boring.”
–One man stopping another who was about to enter Container Park.
–Three people in about a 30-second span near Li-Hill’s sculptural installation.
“The next stop is the Eastside Motel.”
–The audience at the Downtown Stage, when a karaoke-style video of Warren G and Nate Dogg’s “Regulate” played onscreen prior to Outkast’s performance.
“You suck the fun out of everything.”
–A female actor to the male actor at the “Reasons Why I Love You …” stage around 5 p.m.
“I’m sorry Miss Johnson? Jensen? Jefferson? Jackson?”
–Andre 3000 and Big Boi before playing “Ms. Jackson.”
“Now they’re out there?! Are you fucking kidding me?”
–A woman walking away from the Downtown Stage when Cirque du Soleil joined the Las Vegas Philharmonic 32 minutes into their scheduled set time.
“Do you wanna see [Mayer] Hawthorne?”
“I don’t know who that is.”
“That’s the beauty of it.”
–A couple while walking toward at Eighth and Fremont streets.
“This next song is about my ex-girlfriend, who was a total bitch.”
–Mayer Hawthorne before playing “The Walk.”
“My feet hurt!”
–One man at 8:28 p.m.
“This is our first time playing in Las Vegas. Feels good!”
–Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon.
“This is the shit that I’m gonna remember for the rest of my life, because one day, one of you assholes is gonna come up to me at the airport with your fucking camera and say ‘Hey Dave, remember that show you did in Vegas?’ and I’ll say ‘Yeah’ and you’ll say ‘Can I get a picture?’ and I’ll say ‘Ok.’”
–Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.