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The Killers and Kings of Leon rock Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas

Singer/drummer Dan Reynolds (L) and bassist Ben McKee of Imagine Dragons perform during the Life is Beautiful festival on October 26, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Image by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Killers and Kings of Leon rock Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Oct 28, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Killers, a band rooted in Las Vegas, closed the inaugural Life Is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday night.

The two day festival took over 15 blocks of downtown Las Vegas and featured more than 60 bands, a culinary village, a variety of art installations and displays, and a host of inspirational speakers.

Although an official count has not been released, it is believed that about 25,000 people attended the festival each day.

Festival headliners Kings of Leon (Friday) and The Killers (Saturday) drew huge crowds. But so did many other bands including Imagine Dragons (another band that got its start in Las Vegas), Poolside, Youngblood Hawke, Portugal, Vampire Weekend, Janelle Mona, Alpine, Living Colour and Jurassic 5.

The culinary village was also a huge draw during the weekend. Festival goers were able to watch live cooking demonstrations and catch superstar chefs in person such as Kerry Simon, Rick Moone, Cat Cora, Jet Tila, Todd English, and Scott Conant.

More than a dozen murals were commissioned to decorate the space occupied by the festival and residents and visitors to the downtown area will be able to enjoy them long after the stages have been dismantled and the barricades removed. In addition, iron sculptures and painted shipping containers were scattered throughout the festival area and spaces at an old motel were converted into art galleries.

Festival goers also had the opportunity to create art at the event. There were paintball guns, an opportunity to paint brick pieces that were reassembled into a larger work, and people were able to write messages and sign their names on a giant wall.

Inspirational speakers such as Tony Horton, Harry Shum Jr. and Jason Pollock were featured on the Learning Stages.

The festival also featured two giant Ferris wheels that gave festival goers a unique perspective of the event.

The festival didn't go off without a hitch though. On Sunday, a pillar near the entrance fell and slightly injured three festival goers. A new temporary entrance was established a short distance away but the incident resulted in many people having to stand in line for much longer than expected.

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