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New artists, established favorites perform on day 2 of Life is Beautiful

New artists, established favorites perform on day 2 of Life is Beautiful
Posted at 4:17 PM, Sep 25, 2016

The final day of the annual Life is Beautiful music, art and food festival is underway in downtown Las Vegas.

Several new artists and some established favorites performed on day two on the Huntridge Stage including Sir The Baptist,  The Wombats, Oh Wonder and the Dirty Heads. Fitting perfectly with their laidback, beach town vibe, Dirty Heads closed the Huntridge Stage to the deafening cheers from the audience.

Leon Bridges brought tradition and soul to the Downtown Stage, with a performance that transported fans to ‘50s and ‘60s. The South African rap-rav group Die Antwoord incorporated their signature “zef” style into their set and performed hits that illuminated the festival’s energy.

Jane’s Addiction closed the Ambassador Stage with their alternative metal sound and out-of-the-box stage presence. They delighted fans with their classic tunes and their fans were wowed when they saw two women hanging by hooks, twirling above the stage.

PHOTOS: 2016 Life is Beautiful in downtown Las Vegas

One of the biggest draws on the second day was the appearance of television personality, author, model, drag queen and producer RuPaul Charles. He shared his story of transformation, inspiring audience members to examine and transform their own lives. His talk encompassed what Life is Beautiful is about: people coming together to learn, grow and love one another.

Adding to the festival atmosphere, Insomniac’s famed art cars were spread around the festival grid, keeping the party going as fans roamed the festival grounds. Straight out of the ‘80s, the Boombox Car glowed green, pink and blue with a party on top and a DJ in the tape deck. The Space Wench sailed the desert for over 10 years, and the wind finally blew her to Las Vegas. The steam punk pirate ship brought bass and booty to the Life is Beautiful festival. Lastly, Kalliope put on a show with flashing lights and trance beats, inspiring onlookers to dance along with each new song.

And, for the first time in Life is Beautiful history, attendees are able to purchase original works and rare prints at the “Crime on Canvas” fine art exhibit inside The Western Hotel and Casino.

Festival goers also had the opportunity to watch a special flash mob that took over the intersection of Fremont and 7th Street on Saturday. More than 100 dancers performed for the crowd that gathered.

The gates opened again today at 2 p.m. The last day of the festival will feature performances by Major Lazer, The Lumineers, Young the Giant, Jimmy Eat World, Iration, Flume, Band of Skulls, The Strumbellas, Brittany Rose, Jazalyn Sharp and Third Eye Blind.