An early look at the 2013 Voodoo Music +Arts Experience


While it may only be summertime, it is never too early to take a look at the upcoming Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. This year the 3-day music festival will take place on November 1-3 and will be held at the usual location, City Park New Orleans. This will be the 15th year for the festival best known for having performances from high-profile acts of all genres, as well as many local artists. The festival has played host to acts such as Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, Snoop Dogg, Kiss, 311, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Eminem and many others. And while many people travel to see big name acts like those, people also get the chance to catch Louisiana based acts like Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Dr. John, and Rebirth Brass Band.

In addition to all the music, Voodoo Fest has tents filled with everything from great food to cold beer to artist’s merchandise and everything you may need for the 3-day concert. And, as of 2012, concert goers were allowed to camp on the grounds with a camping pass. But let’s not focus on the past. Here is an early look at the 2013 version of Voodoo Fest.

Like I said, the festival will take place on November 1-3, right after Halloween this year. As the festival continues to grow, so do the demands for top performers in all genres. This April, 15 performers were announced with many more to come. Set to play Voodoo so far are: Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Paramore, Afrojack, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Boys Noize, The Gaslight Anthem, Big Gigantic, How to Destroy Angels, Alkaline Trio, Cults, Robert Delong, and Desaparecidos. While I am a fan of only two of those artists (Pearl Jam and NIN), I have heard of some of the other bands and am sure people will be ready to go to City Park this fall. And that is only 15 of the many artists that will be there. Once everyone is announced, schedules for the 3 days will be released in September.

So, if you are planning to attend Voodoo this year, get yourself ready now. Weekend passes are available now at Voodoo Fest’s official website . The 3-day passes are $175 or $500 for VIP. And the prices will only rise as the event gets closer. So, if you are ready to go out to City Park and have a good time, don’t hestitate. And for any more information you may need, visit their website. It has everything you need to know if you plan on attending.

I plan on being out there and I hope you do too. Voodoo is one of the two biggest festivals in New Orleans (with the NO Jazz & Heritage Festival) and it is definitely something to experience. I went to the fest in 2007 and was able to see the reunions of Rage Against the Machine and Smashing Pumpkins and it is something I’ll never forget. So, go ahead, make yourself some memories and have a good time. As they say in New Orleans, Laissez les bons temps rouler, or let the good times roll.


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