The Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, or Voodoo Fest as I've always called it is one of the most under-hyped festivals on the circuit these days. The first and only time I've ever attended was in 2011 and I still consider it one of the best festival experiences I've ever had. So I'm going to rally back to NOLA this year to dive in once again. Here's why Voodoo is a must do.
1. Great talent - They always curate a really good mix of music, from Rock to Hip Hop to Electronic they always have amazing acts.
2. New Orleans - If you haven't been there really is no way to describe it perfectly, it's just one of America's most fascinating cities. There is so much to do you need to book 3 days ahead of the festival just to see everything and you will still miss a LOT. Stay out of the super touristy bars and get off the path a bit to get the best experience.
3. Halloween + NOLA = No place better on earth to be for fright night
4. The food - Most festivals are serving up pretty much the usual overpriced crap, nothing really exciting most of the time. Voodoo does it right with local vendors that offer up a sumptuous selection of delights from grilled oysters to traditional Cajun food.
5. The people - Everyone is pretty mellow, there's none of that "I'm at Coachella, look at my outfit" type of vibe. It's all about the music and the mood reflects that.
6. The size - It's perfect, you can wander from one side of the festival to the other fairly quickly and not need to navigate around herds of the walking dead after a dance tent lets out. There is a real feeling of intimacy, you can see the artists on stage, even the main stage, and that's really what it's all about. The worst is when you have to watch your "live" music experience through the jumbotron because your just under a mile away from the stage.
7. Price - It's $195 for three days, that's not bad in today's market.
This year's line-up includes Jack U, deadmau5, Steve Angello, Alesso, Chance The Rapper, Santigold, Girl Talk, Duke Dumont, Eric Prydz, Giorgio Moroder, Bro Safari, Tchami and many other contemporary acts. Full line up here.
Sure they have acts like Third Eye Blind (yeah, seriously) and Ozzy (kind of rad in a special way) but they also have The Cult, Public Image Limited and Fishbone for you old school punks. Plus plenty of fresh new talent both local and imported.
Voodoo is a must for any true festival lover, it's literally got everything you could ever want in a city that is brimming with curiosities, food and culture.
Make sure to get your fortune read, you won't regret it.
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