NEW ORLEANS — Rage Against the Machine and the Smashing Pumpkins are among the acts set to headline this year's Voodoo Music Experience.
Other featured acts include Wilco, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Sinead O'Connor, Fall Out Boy, Mute Math, Plain White T's and The Black Crowes.
The three-day festival at City Park opens Oct. 26.
Some 90,000 fans attended last fall's festival, headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Duran Duran. That turnout prompted organizers to expand the event from two days to three. The festival also ran three days in 2003.
Steve Rehage, whose company, Rehage Entertainment Inc., produces the Voodoo Music Experience, said he's proud of the lineup. It's one he hopes "demands national attention and makes people think, `Wow, cool things still happen in New Orleans. Let's go.'"
Since its 1999 debut, the Voodoo Music Experience has called New Orleans home. As in previous years, the event will again feature the eclectic, reflecting the multitude of cultures that define this historic, beloved American city. Music fans from across the country and around the world come together to Experience the Ritual.
Music from world-renowned artists will be featured in three distinct performance areas--Le Ritual, Flambeau, and Le Carnival--each of which showcases a unique personality of New Orleans.
Le Ritual features two stages where music lovers gather annually to worship the music of the world's most renowned artists. The rites of more than 300 artist performances have included the reunited Iggy and the Stooges, Nine Inch Nails, Eminem's only festival performance, Tool, The White Stripes, Green Day, The Beastie Boys, Ben Harper, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.
Flambeau is dedicated to celebrating and passing the torch of New Orleans' musical culture and celebrating its influences, Flambeau features two performance areas: The WWOZ/SOCO Stage and the Preservation Hall Tent, as well as a variety of full service local restaurants and an New Orleans Arts and Crafts area.
Le Carnival celebrates underground arts and the bohemian culture of New Orleans, ensuring a unique experience for festival attendees. It features extreme genres of performance art and music, and like carnival time in New Orleans, as well as every day in the bywater where freedom of expression is encouraged, and enjoyed.
Following its triumphant return with 93,000 attendees to its rightful City Park home last fall, New Orleans' signature fall music event, the ninth annual Voodoo Music Experience is set to take place over Halloween weekend (Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28).
What an awesome lineup! This year's Voodoo Music Experience is going to be an outdoor music festival to remember!
There's something about music festivals in The Big Easy... once you've been to one, most concerts you attend after that will just seem mediocre.
Be sure to check out the Voodoo Music Experience website for lineups, photos, souvenirs and tickets!
Make your plans to head down to New Orleans this fall... it will be an experience of a lifetime!