Life Is Beautiful Promo, Line Up Revealed
The second Live is Beautiful festival, scheduled for October 24, 25 & 26 (the weekend after our Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic) has announced their line up (headlined by standard festival fare Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lionel Richie and The Flaming Lips) and released a promotional video.
The first half of the video is a pastiche of stories whose common thread is facing adversity and surviving. The second half is uplifting positive music with movie style credits announcing the band names.
I understand the sentiment, life is tough enough for teenagers without having to deal with additional crisis. The ham fisted, overly dramatic presentation has the opposite effect that a positive music festival should have... it leaves me with sense of foreboding and a big bummer aftertaste.
This video doesn't make me want to celebrate music, life and love in an orgy of awesomeness. It makes me feel sorry for my teenaged self - pimples, weekends at home with my guitar while all my friends were getting laid and the time two girls pulled my shorts down in gym class, exposing my probably dirty tight whites to the entire 10th grade.
Excuse me, while I go slit my teenaged wrists.
Whereas EDC's 'beautiful people' celebrate life with speedy drugs and predictably throbbing soundtracks (the Hitler youth trading heils for hearts?) Life is Beautiful is a self help group for misfits and sad sacks sharing tough times while musically square yet visually stylish rock bands perform? Is this a festival sized illustration of the relationship between the cool kids and the nerds ? Is this the local teen center with an oversized budget?
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