Festival organizers announced the 2012 Voodoo Experience preliminary lineup today. Heading the bill is Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Green Day. Other additions include Skrillex, Justice, Tomahawk, Say Anything, Bootsy Collins, Gary Clark Jr., Awolnation and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Neil Young last appeared in New Orleans at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, with a showstopping performance that ended with The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" and a deluge of rain. Young will perform with Crazy Horse, and the band is releasing Americana on June 5, their first album together in nine years, which revisits classic American folk music. Preview the album here.
Green Day last performed in New Orleans in 2009 during its 21st Century Breakdown tour and was also at the 2004 Voodoo, which featured a killer lineup of Beastie Boys, The Pixies and Sonic Youth.
Voodoo also announced on-site camping at City Park for the fest, a la Bonnaroo. A press release says "the inaugural camping experience will offer festival goers the chance to sleep under the stars amidst two hundred year old oak trees, picturesque lagoons and waterways of New Orleans’ historic City Park and located just steps away from the entrance to the annual Halloween weekend music celebration."
Campers can use general camping amenities or upgrade to a "luxurious, all-encompassing camping experience" with safari tents, cots, pillows, bedding and VIP access.
Voodoo is Oct. 26-28 at City Park. Tickets to the festival are available online; a three-day general admission pass is $175 and the Loa VIP pass is $500.