Now Arriving in Las Vegas: The New World Wide Music Capital
Las Vegas was known at first as the gambling capital of the world. Then it became known for the live shows. Then came the king of the night clubs, followed by the day clubs and EDM. What’s next? It looks like Vegas is working on becoming the world capital for live music. With a list of major concert events planned in the near future, it looks like they’ll conquer that too.
Rock in Rio via Vegas
They are building a city of rock in Vegas. This to get ready for the arrival of Rock in Rio next May. If you didn’t already know Rock in Rio is considered to be the world’s largest music festival and will take place over two weekends for a total of four days when it lands in Vegas.
The City of Rock is going to be built close to Circus Circus and large enough to hold 80,000 music lovers. Tickets for the event are going for $298 a pop, or $498 if you want to rock like VIP. The rock powers that be are so confident about the success of this event that they put these tickets up for sale without revealing a single act that has signed on yet.
Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful will return to Vegas on October 24th for a 3 day music festival that spreads out over 15 blocks. Lined up for this years event is Kanye West (and Kim for sure), Arctic Monkeys, The Foo Fighters, Lionel Ritchie (who’s that you ask) Outkast and Skrillex. With music to fit every age and style, Life sure will be beautiful for the 60,000 people who are expected to show up.
MGM Resorts Village
The MGM Resorts Village brought back its iheart music festival this past September and is now getting ready for a country music fest starting on October 3rd. The Inaugral Route 91 Harvest Festival is going to showcase some big names in country over its 3 days including Blake Shelton and Tyler Farr. This will be immediately followed by the Villages 9th annual Wine Amplified Festival, which brilliantly combines wine tasting with great music from the likes of The Violent Femmes and Ayron Jones.
Downtown’s Container Park on Fremont Street has its share of a wide variety of different music acts and festivals held almost every weekend. This is a unique venue made completely out of old shipping containers that have been stacked up on each other. A family hang-out during the day with shops, restaurants and a child’s park, transformed at night to an adult only park with outdoor viewings of classic movies and out of the ordinary musical performances.
The Garden Arena
The MGM Grand Garden Arena has been a long standing attraction in Vegas that brings in major artists from around the world to perform. To finish out this year, you can catch Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Buffet or Phish. One of the most anticipated events for 2014 is the November 22nd arrival of Usher, who is scheduled to appear for just one night.
Like the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Mandalay Events Center plays host to world renowned musicians who choose this as their Vegas stop while on tour. Performers such as Katy Perry, Yanni and Motley Crue have all graced the stage in the past. This year's anticipated performance is a collaboration between Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.
Heavy hitters in the music industry is nothing new to Vegas, where seeing legends like Frank Sinatra perform used to be a weekly event. What is turning Vegas into the Music Capital of the World now is the sheer number of performers who pass through each year from every type of musical genre imaginable. The big musical festivals keep getting bigger and the crowds larger as the world’s favorite rock and rollers keep rollin’ into Vegas.