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Saturday, October 29, 2016

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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Final day of the 2015 Voodoo Experience is canceled

Posted By on Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 11:40 AM

The crowd endures the rain at the Le Plur stage on Oct. 31 at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. - ALEX WOODWARD
  • ALEX WOODWARD
  • The crowd endures the rain at the Le Plur stage on Oct. 31 at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

Rain has overwhelmed City Park this Halloween weekend — and the ongoing rough weather has forced organizers of the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience to cancel the festival's final day, Sunday, Nov. 1. Here's the statement from the festival:
Due to dangerous weather conditions including forecasted persistent rain and flash flood warnings for Orleans Parish for Sunday, November 1, the final day of the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has been canceled. Fan safety is the top priority for the producers of the festival and current conditions at City Park do not meet our standards for maintaining a safe experience.
Organizers will offer full refunds to Sunday's ticketholders, and three-day pass holders will receive one-third of the posted price at time of purchase. Information on refunds is available on the Voodoo website. Organizers told Gambit that despite the bad weather, turnout this weekend was strong, and they're looking forward to next year's event.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Florence Welch demands sacrifices at Voodoo

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Florence Welch performs at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. - PATRICK AINSWORTH / LIVE NATION
  • PATRICK AINSWORTH / LIVE NATION
  • Florence Welch performs at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, is scheduled to reign over Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on Halloween, but Friday featured a friendlier face headlining on the Altar stage. Florence Welch of British indie rockers Florence and the Machine was in the Halloween spirit with her face painted white with darkened eyes — which seemed Day of the Dead-ish. Her band members and backup singers also painted their faces. But her magenta power suit with long jacket made her look more like the president of darkness — at least at times, as when she teased the audience about needing "human sacrifices" before singing "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)."

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Jason Isbell, Joy Formidable and Ryan Bingham kick off Voodoo

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 9:33 AM

COURTESY OF AMANDA WICKS
  • COURTESY OF AMANDA WICKS

A windy, overcast day provided a comfortable start to the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Friday. Mostly costumed crowds were still trickling in by 2:30 p.m., when Flow Tribe kicked things off on the Altar stage.

Highlights included singer/-songwriter Jason Isbell on the Flambeau Stage. Switching between electric and acoustic guitar, he played a mix of songs from his recent album Something More Than Free along with older material such as “Decoration Day” from his time with the Drive-By Truckers. For “Decoration Day,” Isbell began solo on stage with only his acoustic guitar, before the rest of his band joined in piece by piece, building Isbell’s lament into something loud, raucous and lovely. “What a beautiful night; what a beautiful place to play music,” said Isbell, who had dressed as Batman. His band, which Isbell referred to as The Alabama Bat Boys, also joined in the fun; everyone wore a Batman costume or a Batman T-shirt and cape. Throughout the set, the supportive crowd cheered for Isbell’s sobriety, which he addressed through song lyrics and personal anecdotes. Towards the end of his set, he thanked Voodoo for “not having us any closer to the EDM stage than we already are.” As it was, Isbell and his Bat Boys held their own, cranking up a big sound to carry their music to eager fans.

Rock trio The Joy Formidable debuted a new song, “Passerby,” which offered the crowd a hint of how the band’s sound has developed, even if it’s not on their untitled new album — due out this time next year. Weaving in bigger harmonies between lead singer Ritzy Bryan and backing vocalist Rhydian Dafydd, and an almost heavy metal guitar riff, the song felt sublime, like staring at something foreboding from a safe distance. “It’s fun playing new songs,” Bryan told the crowd after the band brought the extended jam to an end. It’s been some time since The Joy Formidable has performed in New Orleans, and upon hearing listeners’ enthusiastic responses to their old and new songs, Dafyyd promised the band wouldn’t be away for quite so long. The band will return to play as part of its upcoming tour.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

2015 Voodoo Fest adds Public Image Ltd., Peaches, Metric and more

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM

John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) of Public Image Ltd., which has been added to the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. - PAUL HEARTFIELD
  • PAUL HEARTFIELD
  • John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) of Public Image Ltd., which has been added to the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

English post-punks Public Image Ltd. will kick off a 20-date North American tour on Halloween at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans. The festival also added provocative electronic artist Peaches, Canadian indie-pop band Metric, electronic producer Steve Angello, and singer-songwriter Ruby Amanfu. The festival is Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in City Park and features headliners Ozzy Osbourne, Florence + The Machine and many others — check the lineup here.

John Lydon — or Johnny Rotten, the Sex Pistol, butter salesman and would-be King Herod in a New Orleans revival of Jesus Christ Superstar — and his PiL released This Is PiL in 2012, the band's first release in nearly two decades. The band will release its follow-up, What the World Needs Now..., in September. Watch the NSFW video for the single "Double Trouble" below.

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