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Insider’s Guide: Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

A look at the acts plus plenty of tips for your best Voodoo yet.

Voodoo is always a crowd-pleaser. (Photo via Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on Facebook)

Now in its 17th year, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is one of New Orleans’ quintessential music festivals. Since its inception, the festival has hosted thousands of musical acts, including a mix of national headliners and local favorites, all staged under City Park‘s majestic oaks.

In addition to the music, Vooodoo regularly welcomes burlesque performers and circus acts to the festival grounds, and a section of New Orleans’ sprawling park gets transformed into an other-worldly feast for the eyes thanks to large-scale art installations, an art market, and the wide range of outlandish costumes festival-goers tend to wear in honor of Halloween. After Voodoo wraps each night, the party rolls out of City Park and into New Orleans clubs including Gasa Gasa and House of Blues for the new Deja Voodoo club show series.

Take a look at who’s playing, how to get there, and a few other top tips below with our Insider’s Guide.

Voodoo Fest sign in front of NOMA
Photo: Cheryl Gerber and NewOrleansOnline.com

The Acts

Friday Oct. 28

The Weeknd plays Voodoo Fest Oct. 28.

Voodoo Fest kicks off with performances by The Weeknd, neo-soulster Mayer Hawthorne, EDM star Carnage, and New Orleans alt-rockers Mutemath.

Saturday, Oct. 29

South African zef rappers (and Voodoo Fest regulars) Die Antwoord close out the second day of the festival along with Tool. Other highlights on the bill include Shakey Graves, West Coast reggae unit Rebelution, Sweden’s spooked-out performance art/doom metal outfit Ghost, and the Claypool Lennon Delirium — aka Primus frontman Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, who recently teamed up for “The Monolith of Phobos.”

Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays Voodoo on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Sunday Oct. 30

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band takes Voodoo back to its New Orleans music roots on the festival’s final day, which also plays host to local dance music producer Unicorn Fukr and the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, who merge rock elements with traditional gospel tunes. Sunday’s headliners include soul star Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, Arcade Fire, Band of Horses and the belly dance-inducing, electronic world beat crew, Beats Antique.

Transportation

Parking is limited in and around the park and unless you want to miss your favorite band and a couple hundred bucks, you’ll want to avoid parking on the neutral ground or bayou, both of which moves will likely get you towed. The festival does have a shuttle service in place. The Canal Street streetcar line (48-City Park/Museum) will also take you directly to City Park.

Tips

This is an outdoor festival, rain or shine, so wear comfortable, waterproof shoes, and, while umbrellas are not permitted, consider bringing a poncho. Outside food, drinks, and beverages are prohibited, although there are numerous food and beverage options on site. Small bags and phone cameras are welcome, but framed backpacks, professional cameras, and long lenses are not permitted. You might bring blankets, towels, and collapsible chairs to sit on, but tents aren’t allowed. Neither is Fido — leave your pets at home.

Last (and most exciting): be sure to visit us at the fest! We’ll be there with a tent and a dedicated information tower… check out the map below.

Don’t miss the GoNOLA information tower while you’re at Voodoo Fest!

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