Voodoo Fest

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Foo Fighters, Whitney and Brand New play with the cold at Voodoo 2017

Posted By on Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 8:00 PM

The Skeleton Krewe paraded Voodoo festival grounds Oct. 28. - PHOTO BY CHARLES REAGAN HACKLEMAN/VOODOO
  • PHOTO BY CHARLES REAGAN HACKLEMAN/VOODOO
  • The Skeleton Krewe paraded Voodoo festival grounds Oct. 28.

As soon as the sun left New Orleans City Park Oct. 28, costumes were traded for jackets and sweaters as temperatures started to dip into the 50s. The bands onstage also felt the weather change — Whitney passed around a bottle of Jameson for warmth, and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl did everything in his power to warm up the crowd within a frantic 90-minute set.

Extremely eyebrowed Ed Kowalczyk of Live opened the main Altar stage’s accidental ‘90s and 2000s revival showcase that started with Live hits like “All Over You” and “I Alone” and “Lightning Crashes” before reformed post-emo band Brand New’s dramatic quiet-loud set. Foo Fighters closed out the stage relying on a festival-approved, hit-filled set that telegraphed the band’s classic status ambitions.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem close out Voodoo 2017's opening night

Posted By on Sat, Oct 28, 2017 at 12:30 PM

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performing Oct. 27 at Voodoo. - PHOTO BY ROGER HO/VOODOO
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  • James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performing Oct. 27 at Voodoo.

Beginning at a punctual 7 p.m., with a fan in a homemade Daft Punk-meets-Tron costume making his way to the center of the crowd, LCD Soundsystem arrived to the sounds of 1979’s Skatt Bros. cult classic Halloween jam “Walk the Night.” From there, a whirlwind hourlong set spanned LCD Soundsytem's 2005 self-titled debut album to its 2017 return American Dream, leaving little room for anything but dancing in the crowd on opening night of 2017’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on Oct. 27.

The trebly bass riff opening “Call The Police” signaled this would be the loudest set of the day, and the explosive coda on “Get Innocuous!” confirmed it. James Murphy led a nearly nonstop, breathless hour mapped out in the sweat stains on his back and held a steady pace throughout the set with the band’s addictive dance music that seemed to only get louder. A massive glittering disco ball above the stage was enough instruction to dance.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

LCD Soundsystem to perform at Orpheum Theater

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 10:34 AM

PHOTO BY RUVAN WIJESOORIYA
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Following a headlining slot at this year's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem will perform at the Orpheum Theater.

The all-ages show at the Orpheum is 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $45-$75.

The band performs at Voodoo on the main Altar stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

LCD Soundsystem's acclaimed 2017 album American Dream is the band's first release since 2010's This Is Happening and picks up where his trilogy of anxious dance music and post-punk dripping in 21st century malaise left off.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017 Voodoo Fest announces daily lineups

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM

LCD Soundsystem headlines Voodoo's opening night Oct. 27 - PHOTO BY RUVAN WIJESOORIYA
  • PHOTO BY RUVAN WIJESOORIYA
  • LCD Soundsystem headlines Voodoo's opening night Oct. 27

Day-by-day lineups are out for the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park. Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem headline opening night on Oct. 27, which also crams in Galantis, Prophets of Rage, Yellow Claw, Afghan Whigs, Andrew McMahon, Benjamin Booker and Chicano Batman, among others, into the lineup.

Foo Fighters, DJ Snake, Brand New, RL Grime and Crystal Castles headline Saturday, Oct. 28, which also has Whitney, Rich Chigga and Pell on that day's bill.

Closing out the festival on Sunday, Oct. 29 are The Killers, Dillon Francis, The Head and the Heart, Post Malone, Miguel, Cold War Kids, Amine, Strand of Oaks, Ron Gallo and Mannequin Pussy.

See the full lineups here. Daily general admission tickets are $70-80 and weekend passes are $155. VIP and Platinum passes also are available.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers to headline 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 1:21 PM

Kendrick Lamar
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Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, DJ Snake, The Head and the Heart, Kehlani, Prophets of Rage, Cold War Kids, Marian Hill and The Afghan Whigs are some of the 70 bands headlining the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, which will take place in New Orleans City Park Oct. 27-29. Among the local acts on the bill are Flow Tribe and Unicorn Fukr.

Voodoo also is promising large-scale art installations, along with food booths from New Orleans restaurants and an "interactive haunted house."
Foo Fighters - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • Foo Fighters
The 19th annual festival has three levels of ticketing this year, with three-day general admission starting at $140 and three-day "Loa VIP" tickets at $400. New this year is a "platinum level" ticket ($1,050 for three days), which includes such posh amenities as complimentary catered meals, an open bar, shuttle transport between stages and "air-conditioned, flushable rest rooms."

All levels of tickets will go on sale Fri. June 9 at 10 a.m.

Location Details City Park
1 Palm Drive
Mid-City
New Orleans, LA
(504) 482-4888
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Voodoo Fest announces 2017 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 12:02 PM

Foo Fighters - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, DJ Snake and LCD Soundsystem are headliners at the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at New Orleans City Park the weekend before Halloween.

Dozens of other bands have signed on play during the three-day festival Oct. 27-29, including Galantis, Dillon Francis, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Kehlani, Post Malone, Miguel, RL Grime, Prophets of Rage, Cold War Kids, Yellow Claw, Crystal Castles, Superduperkyle and the Afghan Whigs.

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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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