Voodoo Experience or Voodoo Music Experience is a multi-day music festival in New Orleans, Louisiana held the weekend before Halloween at City Park since 1999.
The Voodoo Experience has hosted over 450 artists and close to a million fans over its 9-year tenure and has been twice nominated for Pollstar's Music Festival of the Year.
The Voodoo Experience is known for its blending of high profile national artists from all genres such as 50 Cent, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and 311 with local Louisiana musicians including The Original Meters, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and Dr. John.
The Voodoo Music Festival was first held on 30 October 1999
at Tad Gormley Stadium
in City Park
. Planned and executed by Steve Rehage, CEO of Rehage Entertainment, the festival consisted of three stages and many local and national acts.
The Voodoo Festival started with very humble beginnings in 1999 as a one day music festival in Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans with an attendance of about 8,000 people, the main attratching artist was Wyclef Jean and The Fugees
. The following year expanded to 2 days and drew attention with a performance by Eminem
, whose fame had exploded just before the festival, this brought Voodoo to the attention of music fans from around the world. In 2006, Voodoo separated the show into 3 distinct areas (Le Ritual, Le Flambeau and Le Carnival) on six stages. Each area was designed to showcase uniquely different sides of the personality of the festival and New Orleans. “Le Flambeau” features music and sounds consistent with the hometown style of The Big Easy. “Le Ritual” features more mainstream music we’re all familiar with, and finally “Le Carnival” features indie bands, burlesque, and circus acts. In 2007, The festival expanded to 3 days and broke all previous attendance records with an estimate 100,000+ fans.
In 2005, the Voodoo Music Experience was an early post-Hurricane Katrina
event, billed as the "first full-scale, large entertainment event within city limits since the disastrous hurricane and subsequent flood hit the city on August 29. At the insistence of event producer Steve Rehage, the festival was held as a free tribute concert for the first responders, military, volunteers, and returning residents six weeks after the storms. The festival took place at Riverview Park, a part of Audubon Park
, and featured Nine Inch Nails
, Queens of the Stone Age
, Secret Machines
, The New York Dolls
and local bands including Cowboy Mouth
and ReBirth Brass Band
. As New Orleans recovered, Voodoo Experience returned fully to City Park in 2006 with a record-breaking attendance of over 100,000.
2007 and 2008
In 2007, the festival was expanded from two to three days. On October 24 2008
the festival celebrates its tenth anniversary, dubbed "The Tenth Ritual." The festival changed its name to Voodoo Experience
dropping music from its title in 2008.
On 26 June 2008, festival organizers announced that Lil Wayne
, from New Orleans' Hollygrove
neighborhood, will be joining the 2008 line-up. On September 5th, 2008 festival organizers announced The Mars Volta
, TV on the Radio
, Irma Thomas
, Butthole Surfers
, Ben Jelen
and more than 40 other performers joined the 2008 Voodoo lineup.
Friday October 24th:
Saturday October 25th:
Sunday October 26th::
Friday October 26th:
Saturday October 27th:
Sunday October 28th::
Saturday, October 28th:
Sunday, October 29th:
Because of Hurricane Katrina
, the 2005 Voodoo Experience was split into two different sites (New Orleans and Memphis). The city of Memphis
was gracious enough to let Voodoo host part of the festival at its AutoZone Park
. Another part of the show took place at New Orleans' Audubon Park "Butterfly" held as a free show for the first responders, military, volunteers, and returning residents. The show drew between 20,000-25,000 people and featured several New Orleans musicians that hadn't played in the city since the storm.
Friday October 31:
Saturday, November 1st:
Saturday, November 2nd:
- The Black Crowes, Gov't Mule, Karl Denson, Penelope Tuesdae, Snoop Dogg, John Mayer, Missy Elliot, Will Hoge, Brand New Immortals, John Mayer, Tricky, G. Love and Special Sauce, Better Than Ezra, Bush, Tool, Dan Dyer, Spooks, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Brint Anderson, Treme Brass Band, Bamboula, Lil Rascals Brass Band, Anders Osborne, Marva Wright, Matt Nyce, Indieo, Julius Papp, A-Trak, DJ Craze, Stryfe, Rah Smoove