Las Vegas warped back into the 2000’s on May 6, 2023, for the Lovers & Friends Festival. This highly anticipated, sold-out festival had a massive collection of hip hop and R&B’s biggest artists including Mariah Carey, Usher, Missy Elliot, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Nelly, Chris Brown, Miguel and many more. Each artist brought back the nostalgic feelings of our childhood with their performances. With 4 different stages,and so many great artists it was almost impossible to choose which performances to watch (wish I could’ve seen them all). Many surprise guest appearances performed alongside the star stacked lineup such as Tyga, Big Sean, Jermaine Dupri, Monica, Mario, and I’m sure there were plenty more. This had to be the festival of the year!
This was the second edition of the Lovers & Friends festival hosted at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Safety was the number one priority, and they provided resources for s successful festival experience. There were several misters and large shade areas to encourage breaks from the sun. They also provided filtered hydration stations throughout the festival for attendees to refill their water bottlesto prevent dehydration. To say the least, with the misters, shaded areas, water refill stations and all the security I felt safe and was able to enjoy myself.
Lovers and Friends was an all-day event from 11am to midnight. Although they did allow re-entry, they had everything on festival grounds you needed from food vendors, several bars with specialty cocktails, and different activation pop ups. These included the Beatbox Glam Bar offering a complementary glam bar so you can look your best for all the photo op opportunities. Crown Royal Regal Apple had a booth with lots of customized giveaway goodies and specialty cocktails featuring their whiskey. Between sets many concert goers stepped into the D’ussé Lounge for refreshing D’ussé cocktails and a chance to win giveaways like t-shirts, hats, cups, and fans. You can’t forget about the merchandise tent which had all kinds of merch dedicated to this 2000’s inspired festival, a must visit for next time!
Overall, this experience was unforgettable. I am already looking forward to the announcement for next year’s date and lineup. If you want those nostalgic memories and feelings then you should look into going to this festival, you won’t regret it! Lovers and Friends, I’ll see you next year!
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