Voodoo Fest

Monday, October 31, 2016

"If there's no music up in heaven, then what's it for?": Arcade Fire concludes Voodoo 2016 with explosive set

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Arcade Fire closed out the 2016 Voodoo Fest. - CAMBRIA HARKEY / VOODOO
  • CAMBRIA HARKEY / VOODOO
  • Arcade Fire closed out the 2016 Voodoo Fest.

Cue The Shaggs' "It's Halloween," enter Arcade Fire. Not quite Halloween, not really a night of mischief, but something in between, closing a strange but satisfying weekend reintroducing the 18-year-old music festival.

The band wasted no time out the gate with "Ready To Start," a propulsive mission statement from 2010's The Suburbs declaring its side of the line in the sand while underlining its recurring themes of isolation and illusion, our modern world and relation to it. "I would rather be wrong than live in the shadows of your song," sang frontman Win Butler, dressed in white and adorned with patchy rows of safety pins. "My mind is open wide, and now I'm ready to start."

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Slideshow: Voodoo costumes: glitter, clowns, skeletons

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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Costume elements—face paint, feathered headdresses—are festival fixtures, but Voodoo Music + Arts Experience's proximity to Halloween encourages all-out, head-to-toe looks. This year was no exception. Trending: makeup inspired by Mexican calaveras, mermaids, clown suits and full-body paint. Surprisingly absent? Political costumes nodding to the upcoming presidential election. Nary a Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump was seen on the City Park Festival Grounds, and just one "nasty woman" and "bad hombre" roamed the area.

Below, check out a survey of Voodoo costuming (and maybe pick up some last-minute ideas for Halloween tonight.)

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Tool, Cage the Elephant close out a rock-filled Saturday at Voodoo 2016

Posted By on Sun, Oct 30, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Cage The Elephant. - CAMBRIA HARKEY / VOODOO
  • CAMBRIA HARKEY / VOODOO
  • Cage The Elephant.

Voodoo's stages, and festival stages in general, often have a tough time getting rock bands to sound good, with too much bass and bass drum overpowering guitars and the songs themselves. There were some rough spots this year — RIP to the riffs in Ghost's fantastically garish Satanic theater — but more rock bands on Saturday's bill meant a likelihood of better sound.

Bully's abbreviated afternoon grunge worship exploded with its solid quiet-loud dynamic. Dressed as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Shakey Graves' wordless chorus wooing and foot-stomping, blues-enforced one man band was lit up (literally, with a flashing roadside motel sign bearing the band's name) with ecstatic, trebly riffs. And Cage the Elephant's rock 'n' roll posturing cranked considerable volume from the main Altar Stage, with frontman Matthew Schultz using up every inch of it, the pit in front of it, and the few rows of people in front of it, while miming a possessed Iggy Pop or Mick Jagger and intentionally flicking sweat off his stomach onto the arms of outreached hands.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Foals, Bear Hands and acoustic Leon at Voodoo on Friday

Posted By on Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Foals perform at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. - FRANK ETHERIDGE
  • FRANK ETHERIDGE
  • Foals perform at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

A robust, slightly rowdy but convivial crowd found abundant sunshine and sprawling green-space at the newly configured, much-enhanced layout of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans City Park on Friday.

Foals’ decidedly British slant on politely wailing guitars and vulnerable vocal pleas were the perfect soundtrack for a setting sun at the Altar stage. But The Weeknd’s over-the-top hip-hop bent boomed over a darkened City Park to close the day, while a killer light display and stirring party scene marked the surprisingly copacetic EDM of Carnage on the Le Plur stage.

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The Weeknd closes Friday at Voodoo 2016

Posted By on Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 1:43 PM

The Weeknd closed out the first night of the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. - CHARLES REAGAN HACKLEMAN / VOODOO
  • CHARLES REAGAN HACKLEMAN / VOODOO
  • The Weeknd closed out the first night of the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

The Voodoo Fest of 2016 is a different kind of festival than the one in 2006, or even 2015. Perhaps for the first time the "Experience" of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience gets prime real estate, apart from the last few years' worth of art markets, art-like superstructures and mega-sponsored events under tents around City Park. This year, there's a haunted graveyard, two totem-like prayer candles spouting hot flames, and a new and less claustrophobic, walkable, easy-to-get-lost-in layout where booming basses blend to groups of coordinated floral-print bros to headliner stages that underline the "get weird"-ification of Big Fest culture.

The Weeknd's nihilistic future R&B was the perfect choice to close out its first night.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Voodoo releases 2016 day-by-day lineup

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Arcade Fire performs at the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 28-30. - ERIC KAYNE
  • ERIC KAYNE
  • Arcade Fire performs at the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 28-30.

Arcade Fire, The Chainsmokers and Band of Horses will close out the 2016 Voodoo Experience on Oct. 30, the last day of the 16th annual Halloween weekend event in City Park.

The Weeknd, G-Eazy and Kevin Gates headline Friday, Oct. 28, and Tool, Cage the Elephant and Die Antwoord headline Saturday, Oct. 29.

The festival unveiled its day-by-day lineup today — see it below. Single-day tickets are $70, three- day general admission is $155, and and three-day VIP Loa tickets are $450.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Voodoo 2016 lineup announced: Arcade Fire, Tool and The Weeknd headline

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 6:00 AM

Arcade Fire performs at the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 28-30. - ERIC KAYNE
  • ERIC KAYNE
  • Arcade Fire performs at the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 28-30.
Arcade Fire, Tool and The Weeknd will headline the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, the 18th annual edition of the Halloween weekend festival at City Park.

Also on the bill for this year's festival are G-Eazy, Band Of Horses, Kevin Gates, Die Antwoord,  Foals, Porter Robinson, Sean Lennon and Les Claypool’s The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, DJ Mustard, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Shakey Graves, Wild Belle and many others. There are more than 65 acts on City Park's four stages.

Voodoo 2016 is Oct. 28-30. Three-day general admission tickets are $140 and three-day LOA VIP tickets are $400, on sale at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday, June 7) via Voodoo's website.

Voodoo organizers canceled its third and final day in 2015 after nonstop rain overwhelmed City Park's Festival Grounds, which had turned into a mud pit. This year brings a few familiar artists back to the city — including headliners and part-time residents Arcade Fire, and Tool, which performed earlier this year at the Smoothie King Center (singer Maynard James Keenan also is performing at Voodoo with his Puscifer). Anderson .Paak performed at the Buku Music + Art Project in March following his excellent second LP Malibu, and Wild Belle performed a sold-out show at Gasa Gasa last month. Voodoo alums Die Antwoord, soon to release the mixtape Suck on This, are back this year, and Loyola grad G-Eazy returns to the city with a top-billed festival slot.

The full lineup is below the jump.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Y@ Speak: All Saints, All Day

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 1:00 PM


This Y@ Speak is full of ghouls 'n' goblins, from Voodoo Fest's Halloween mud monsters to presidential debates and a spooky tale of a team that scores more than 40 points... and loses. Also: The New Orleans Pelicans are off to a rough start, despite the power of candy corn.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Public Image Ltd begins a U.S. tour with snotty, loud set at 2015 Voodoo

Posted By on Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 4:18 PM

Public Image Ltd performing at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on Oct. 31. - BARRY BRECHEISEN / LIVE NATION
  • BARRY BRECHEISEN / LIVE NATION
  • Public Image Ltd performing at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on Oct. 31.

"Good evening. Let me see you."

John Lydon gently sneered at the crowd at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, the first stop for Public Image Ltd on its North American tour following its 10th studio album, What the World Needs Now... Lydon — dressed in a striped black-and-white prisoner or cartoon psychiatric patient costume, with binder clips on the collar — assembled a mug, a bottle of water, a bottle of cognac, and a trashcan, into which he spit the booze throughout the set. In announcing the band's tour, Lydon had cheekily requested gas masks, as he had plans to "fart continuously (there was one gas-masked and HAZMAT-suited couple near the front of the stage). He also frequently shot snot from each nostril.

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Ozzy Osbourne, Jane's Addiction and giant inflatable pizza surfing at Voodoo

Posted By on Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Ozzy Osbourne performs at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. - BARRY BRECHEISE / LIVE NATION
  • BARRY BRECHEISE / LIVE NATION
  • Ozzy Osbourne performs at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

With Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne claimed the title Prince of Darkness — "My name is Lucifer, come take my hand" Ozzy sings in "N.I.B.," though apparently the song is full of empathy for the devil, who falls in love and changes his ways. Osbourne is a great headliner for Halloween at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, and last night's show was his second appearance at Voodoo. But the Osbourne on stage seemed more like your crazy uncle than "Crazy Train" Osbourne, and he seemed to enjoy the show, even when he turned a hose on the audience, while rain was already pouring down on them.

On a day plagued with frequent hard rains, Osbourne and company turned in one of the few sets to go past its allotted time. Terence Blanchard and his E-Collective put up with heavy sound bleed and a hard deluge mid-set. Peaches turned in an abbreviated performance. But fans weathered the rain and mud, and sets by Jane's Addiction and Ozzy on the Altar stage rewarded them for it.

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