Voodoo Experience

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (formerly "The Voodoo Music Experience"), commonly referred to as Voodoo or Voodoo Fest, is a multi-day music and arts festival held in City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Voodoo Experience has hosted more than 2000 artists and over one million festival goers during its existence. The festival has been twice nominated for Pollstar's Music Festival of the Year.[1] It was acquired by Live Nation Entertainment in 2013 and is produced by C3 Presents.[2] Don Kelly, Voodoo's former General Counsel and COO, is now Festival Director and oversees the event. [3]

The Voodoo Experience is known for including national artists from all genres such as Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Muse, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Tiësto, Nine Inch Nails, KISS, R.E.M., Modest Mouse, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Calvin Harris, The Weeknd, Deadmau5, The Black Keys, Neil Young, Green Day, Snoop Dogg, Duran Duran, Porcupine Tree, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, 50 Cent, Cowboy Mouth and 311 as well as local Louisiana musicians such as The Original Meters, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, and Dr. John.

RATM at Voodoo
Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against The Machine performs at Voodoo 2007

Voodoo Music Arts Experience
Snoop at Voodoo
Snoop Dogg performs on the main stage in 2011
Status Active
Genre Music festival
Frequency Annually
Venue City Park
Location(s) New Orleans, Louisiana
Country United States
Years active 18
Inaugurated October 29, 1999
Next event October 26–28, 2018


Since its 1999 Halloween weekend debut, the annual event has become a Halloween tradition to music fans, both locally and others who travel from around the world. Throughout Voodoo’s 15-year run, more than one million festival goers have gathered to see performances from about 2,000 artists. The event has also been twice nominated for Pollstar's Music Festival of the Year and in 2005, Voodoo founder Stephen Rehage and his team were presented with a key to the city, following the Voodoo 2005 post-Katrina event.

Voodoo’s annual line-up traditionally features top-tier and innovative artists from a variety of musical genres. Highlights from the last 15 years have included performances from Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Eminem, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, Tiesto, Nine Inch Nails, Deadmau5, No Doubt, Ozzy Osbourne, The Black Keys, Neil Young, Green Day, KISS, Snoop Dogg, Duran Duran, R.E.M. (in one of the band’s last U.S. performances), My Chemical Romance, 50 Cent and 311.

Creation and growth

Moby at Voodoo 1999
Moby performs at the inaugural Voodoo in Tad Gormley Stadium.

Voodoo was first held as a single day event on October 30, 1999 at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park. Planned and executed by Stephen Rehage, CEO of Rehage Entertainment, the festival consisted of three stages and a mix of local and national acts including headliners Wyclef Jean and Moby.

As the U.S. festival market swelled, Voodoo continued its growth, increasing both the festival site and musically expanding with the addition of stages and performers.

Eminem at Voodoo 2000
Rapper Eminem performs early in his career at Voodoo 2000

During its second year in 2000, Voodoo became to a two-day event and garnered international attention with a headlining performance from Eminem in support of his just-released three times platinum major studio debut The Slim Shady LP. In 2007, Voodoo expanded to a three-day event.

Hurricane Katrina

Nine Inch Nails at Voodoo 2005
Nine Inch Nails headline Voodoo 2005

Originally scheduled for Halloween Weekend in New Orleans’ City Park, the Voodoo Music Experience was displaced by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. While plans were in full swing to move forward with relocation to Memphis, Voodoo founder Stephen Rehage met with community leaders in New Orleans about the opportunity to move the event back home for one of its two days—as a tribute event for relief workers. Festival organizers and Memphis representatives alike agreed this was an amazing opportunity to increase the scope of the event.

On October 29, 2005, an invitation-only celebration (previous ticket holders exempt) for police, firefighters, National Guard, military and countless others who had aided in the recovery efforts of the city was staged at AutoZone park. Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, The Secret Machines and the New York Dolls were among the artists who all came together in celebration of a city they love. It marked the first major multi-musical performance in the two months since Hurricane Katrina’s effects were felt in the city.

2006 - present

The 2006 Voodoo Music Experience saw the debut of three distinct areas on six distinct stages within the festival’s landscape: Le Ritual, Le Flambeau and Le Carnival. Each of these areas was designed to uniquely showcase different sides of the personality of the festival and its New Orleans home: "Le Flambeau" features music and sounds consistent with the style of The Big Easy; "Le Ritual" features more mainstream music; and finally "Le Carnival" features indie bands, burlesque and circus acts.

In 2007, Voodoo expanded to three days and broke all previous attendance records with an estimated 100,000+ fans in attendance.

In April 2013, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience announced an initial 15 acts to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Voodoo. The initial 15 acts include Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Paramore, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Afrojack, Boys Noize, The Gaslight Anthem, Big Gigantic, How To Destroy Angels, Cults, Alkaline Trio, Desaparecidos and Robert DeLong. The 15th anniversary Voodoo celebration also marked the debut of City Park’s Festival Grounds, a new permanent home for Voodoo. Home to Voodoo since its 1999 debut—with the exception of Voodoo 2005 which was displaced by the city’s hurricane damage—New Orleans’ 1,300 acre City Park is the region’s principal recreation site that attracts over seven million visitors each year.



The 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held October 27-29, 2017. The lineup was:

  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Foo Fighters
  • The Killers
  • LCD Soundsystem
  • DJ Snake
  • Galantis
  • Dillon Francis
  • Brand New
  • The Head & The Heart
  • Kehlani
  • Post Malone
  • Miguel
  • RL Grime
  • Prophets of Rage
  • Cold War Kids
  • Yellow Claw
  • Superduperkyle
  • The Afghan Whigs
  • Live
  • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  • Marian Hill
  • K Flay
  • Illenium
  • Louis the Child
  • Nghtmare
  • Whitney
  • The Black Angels
  • Amine
  • Vintage Trouble
  • Gnash
  • G Jones
  • Hayley Kiyoko
  • Rich Chigga
  • Bibi Bourelly
  • The Record Company
  • Benjamin Booker
  • Mija
  • Colony House
  • Chicano Batman
  • Strand of Oaks
  • Autograf
  • Joyride
  • Flow Tribe
  • Boombox Cartel
  • Mondo Cozmo
  • Snbrn
  • Tokimonsta
  • Pell
  • CID
  • Black Pistol Fire
  • Saint Jhn
  • Flint Eastwood
  • Pham
  • La Femme
  • Ron Gallo
  • Durand Jones & the Indications
  • Mannequin Pussy
  • Public Access TV
  • Bleached
  • Tim Gunter
  • DJ Mel
  • DJ Gracie
  • Malik Ninety Five
  • Alfred Banks
  • Carmine P Filthy
  • Free Swim
  • Unicorn Fukr
  • Otto
  • Herb Christopher
  • Zander
  • SKB & Yrstrly
  • Werd2jah


The 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 28–30, 2016.






The 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 30-November 1, 2015.[5]


The 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 31-November 2, 2014.


The 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from November 1–3, 2013.


The 2012 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 26–28, 2012.[6]


The 2011 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 28–30, 2011.


The 2010 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 29–31, 2010.


The 2009 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 30-November 1, 2009.


The 2008 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 24–26, 2008.


The 2007 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 26–28, 2007.


The 2006 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 28–29, 2006.


The 2005 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held on 29–30 October 2005 in New Orleans and Memphis.[7][8]


The 2004 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 29–31, 2004.


The 2003 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 31-November 1, 2003.


The 2002 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 25–27, 2002.


The 2001 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 26–28, 2001.


The 2000 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held from October 27–29, 2000.


The 1999 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held on October 31, 1999.

See also


  1. ^ "2001winners". Pollstarpro.com. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  2. ^ "Live Nation Acquires Voodoo Music & Arts Experience in New Orleans" (Text). Billboard. 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  3. ^ kspera@theadvocate.com, KEITH SPERA |. "2017 Voodoo Fest: Everything you need to know as the Foo Fighters, Killers, other big acts take over City Park". The Advocate. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  4. ^ "Voodoo Music + Arts Experience". Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  5. ^ Woodward, Alex (18 June 2015). "Voodoo Fest announces 2015 lineup: Ozzy, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more". Best of New Orleans. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b "The 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience | Nov 1-3, 2013". Lineup.thevoodooexperience.com. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  7. ^ NOLA 2005 schedule
  8. ^ Memphis 2005 schedule
  9. ^ "Crowds brave rain to see bands; 20 acts perform at inaugural fest". Times Picayune. 1999-11-01. p. B1. ISSN 1055-3053.
  10. ^ Spera, Keith (1999-10-29). "Voodoo music an eclectic mix". Times Picayune. p. L10. ISSN 1055-3053.

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