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Voodoo Festival 2016: Experience the Ritual

By Amanda Cosenza

October 27, 2016

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (Voodoo) will take place in City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana this Halloween weekend (October 28th- 30th). This year features music from headliners The Weeknd, Cage the Elephant, Arcade Fire and The Chainsmokers. Heading into its 18th year, Voodoo appears to be unveiling some major changes after major rains turned the venue into a marshland last year, resulting in a cancellation of the third and final day of the festival.

From better bathrooms and fixing a drain ditch on the park grounds to the changing of the venue’s map, the organizers of Voodoo are trying to present an improved experience for all attendees. In addition to these changes, Voodoo will also host it’s staple features, like unique art installations that celebrate Halloween and New Orleans’ unique culture, as well as some new activities hosted by its sponsors.

Here are some of the highlights you can expect from this weekend:

The Music

vdf16-website-lineup-1200x629-oct12The lineup follows a trend many festivals have followed, featuring a wide array of musical genres. This year includes hip-hop influenced R&B artists like The Weeknd and Anderson .Paak, Rock giants like Arcade Fire and Tool along with EDM acts, Chainsmokers and Porter Robinson. Local treasures like Preservation Hall Jazz Band with high-energy acts like South African rap-rave group, Die Antwoord and indie rock outfits Cage the Elephant and Saint Motel round out the lineup. Fans of all genres can enjoy over 65 acts on four stages over the three days. Check out the full music lineup.

The Food

voodoo-food-courtThis year will also feature a new entrance on Friedrich’s Avenue, allowing the festival to expand and place the “Forked Up” food court in an area lined with concrete to avoid muddy pits. Options for food have greatly increased as well, there will also be a variety of vendors that highlight traditional dishes of New Orleans with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free fare. Check out the full list of food vendors.

The Art

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“Cone V2” at Voodoo Festival

The installations not only reflect the rich history and culture of New Orleans, but play to the fact that the festival falls on Halloween weekend and many feature interactive elements. From the front gates that reflect the classic New Orleans wrought iron to the “Cone V2,” a 30-foot-tall acrylic tube structure lit with LEDs that is fixed to a turntable allowing visitors to interact with the sculpture by spinning. Attendees can even repent for their weekend sins by following the display of 10 foot candles that guide to forgiveness. Check out the full list of art installations.

The Experiences

vdf16-map-oct18Sports fans have no fear, you’ll be able to catch every moment of the major events going on this weekend at the “Brew Dat Craft Beer Hall.” The new space, which sits at the intersection of three non-EDM stages, will offer craft beers on tap in addition to viewing areas for festival goers who want to catch the big game in between sets. Elysian Brewing from Seattle, Washington will be setting up with four beers on tap. When you’re not watching games (or listening to music) attendees can play games like Skee Ball and other classics at the Angry Orchard Arcade. If you just need to take a moment and escape from the festival, Dove Chocolate will allow guests to travel to New York City, Paris and Iceland through the DOVE VR Experience. The Recycling store, the Toyota Music Den, and the Cupcake Vineyards Wine Lounge are just a few spots that fans can enjoy. Check out a full list of experiences.

From music that features a wide-array of over 65 acts in 3 days, to food that celebrates the city, art and fun costumes in the Halloween spirit, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience pays homage to New Orleans culture with a myriad of activities and of course, great tunes.

More about Voodoo Music + Art Experience.

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