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Voodoo Fest in New Orleans


Voodoo Fest - When & Where The Voodoo Fest this 3 day American festival takes place in New Orleans and usually occurs the weekend before Halloween or the last weekend in October. The festival was renamed The Voodoo Experience but people really know it as the Voodoo Music Festival.

FYI In 2009 a streaker stole the limelight during the Flaming Lips performance.

What to expect It's a music and artistic/performance art festival with numbers surpassing 100,000. Vodoo has seen acts such as Kiss, Jane's Addiction, Widespread Panic, The Flaming Lips Eminem, 50 Cent, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Keys, Duran Duran, The Pogues, NIN, R.E.M., and 311 with local Louisiana musicians including The Original Meters, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and Dr. John. A much anticipated also came from the Bingo Parlour where Morning 40 Federation.

Hurricane Katrina Effect

Vodoo Fest was the first big event in the city after the disasterous hurricane in 2005, for this the festival was free with performances from Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Secret Machines, The New York Dolls and local bands including Cowboy Mouth and ReBirth Brass Band.

Accommodation You can find budget hotel or quality accommodation in New Orleans here.

Getting there Fly direct to New Orleans airport, there are flights available here or book a train to Orleans here.

Festival History

The Voodoo Music Festival was first held on 30 October 1999 at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park. Planned and executed by Steve Rehage, CEO of Rehage Entertainment, the festival consisted of three stages and many local and national acts. The first festival had an attendance of 8,000 people & the headlining artist was Wyclef Jean and The Fugees. In 2006 the festival used 3 different areas with 6 stages. Each area showcased the different sides of the personality of the festival and New Orleans. “Le Flambeau” features music and sounds consistent with the New Orleans style of The Big Easy. “Le Ritual” features more mainstream music and “Le Carnival” features indie bands, burlesque, and circus acts. In 2007, The festival expanded to 3 days and broke all previous attendance records with an estimate 100,000+ fans.

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