Our favorite Life Is Beautiful sets—ever!

Haim (2013)

Haim played one of the smaller stages, and its debut album was barely a month old, but, the sisters’ first Life Is Beautiful appearance revealed them as the superstars they’d soon become, with tight, nervy versions of “Forever,” “Don’t Save Me” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well.” –Geoff Carter

OUTKAST (2014)

At a second edition topped by huge headliners (Foo Fighters and Kanye West were the others), André and Big Boi stood tallest, partying their way through a 24-song reminder of their hip-hop heroics back in the day. –Spencer Patterson

Halsey (2015)

Halsey’s admirable air of cool prevailed at this set, even as one woman tossed her bra onstage. This was the singer at the height of her hedonistic Badlands era, and she didn’t miss a moment to revel in it. –Amber Sampson

Stevie Wonder (2015)

His LIB set was loose and jammy and featured the expected hits (save for one deep-ish cut, 1973’s “He’s Misstra Know-It-All”), But when “Superstition,” “I Wish” and “Higher Ground” emerged from the mix, it was impossible not to react with passion, delight and—well, wonder. –GC

Lorde (2017)

New Zealand’s pop prodigy served up some serious melodrama at the Downtown stage, disarming critics with blockbuster vocals, charismatic crowd quips and big headliner energy. –AS

Florence AND The Machine (2018)

It was a real bang-for-the-buck set, including such hits as “Dog Days are Over,” “Ship to Wreck” and “Shake It Out.” But even if you’d watched Florence and the Machine with your fingers in your ears, seeing Florence Welch sprint, twirl and jackknife about the LIB stage, garbed in flowing dress, was music to the eyes. –GC

Megan Thee Stallion (2021)

I’ve seen moshpits, but is there such a thing as a twerk pit? Megan gladly opened one up during this rambunctious performance, when a real hot girl house party ensued. –AS

ST. VINCENT (2021)

Annie Clark’s second LIB appearance (following her fest debut in 2018) felt truly performative, its sights, sounds and song selection worthy of (please, someone, make it happen) a Las Vegas residency. –SP


Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally brought cuts from latest LP Once Twice Melody, along with catalog classics, to life as last year’s festival wound down, culminating with a life-affirming, light show-aided version of “Over and Over.” –SP

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