Since its 1999 Halloween weekend debut, the music worshipping celebration — twice nominated for Pollstar’s music festival of the year — has drawn in more than a million people and booked over 2,000 international names such as Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Tiesto, Snoop Dogg and Florence and the Machine, as well as local acts like Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Reflecting the multicultural gumbo that defines New Orleans, here’s your nitty-gritty guide to this year’s Voodoo Experience.
The Music at Voodoo
Presenting acts from a variety of musical genres, this year’s one-of-a-kind lineup is set to showcase an eclectic mash of globally-known artists, as well as EDM and indie-pop acts. Here’s a day-by-day list featuring the event’s headliners:
- Friday, October 28: The Weeknd, G-Eazy, Kevin Gates, Carnage and Foals.
- Saturday, October 29: Tool, Cage the Elephant and Die Antwood.
- Sunday, October 30: Arcade Fire, The Chainsmokers, Band of Horses and STS9.
For a full lineup of musical acts each day, visit: www.voodoofestival.com
Tickets for Voodoo
While various packages and pricing options are available for purchase through the event’s website, all general admission tickets include one commemorative RFID-enabled wristband, giving you access to over 65 bands on four stages, sponsor areas with unique experiences and giveaways, food from local and regional restaurants, dozens of art vendors, water stations with free refills, carnival rides and unlimited re-entry for 3-Day ticket holders. See below for ticket-type details:
- 3-Day Admission Tickets: $155
- 3-Day Loa VIP Tickets: $450
- 1-Day Tickets: $70
While the box office location and hours will be released with the map in October, you can secure your spot at this year’s Voodoo here: www.voodoofestival.com/tickets (wristbands will ship 2-4 weeks prior to the festival).
Getting to Voodoo
Due to the festival’s high demand and City Park’s limited parking areas, attendees are highly encouraged to take advantage of public transportation throughout the weekend. Keep in mind that overnight parking, walking, sleeping, camping by individuals or groups is prohibited within the confines of the park and that parking on the Bayou or Neutral Ground is illegal (you will be towed).
Here are your transportation options:
Canal Streetcar Line
If you are coming from downtown, the North Carrollton Branch of the Canal Streetcar Line will leave you right up by City Park’s main gates. If you are coming from Uptown, take any of the Canal Streetcar’s stops and ask the conductor for a transfer to the North Carrollton Line.
If you want to get to and from the festival without having to deal with traffic, biking to City Park is heavily recommended. Event organizers recommend this option because New Orleans is friendly for cyclists; however, plan accordingly if you are going to be drinking throughout the day. Find bike rental options around the park here.
Same as last year, Uber will host several weekend-transportation promotions, as well as a designated drop-off area in front of the festival gates, which opens everyday at 12 p.m.
Taxis will be assigned a specific drop off area at Voodoo, where they’ll be dropping off and picking up customers. The following are cab companies in the area, all of which were recommended by the festival in previous years: United Cabs Co., Checker-Yellow, White Fleet Cab Co, Coleman Cab Co, and Yellow-Checker Cabs.
What To Eat at Voodoo
Giving stage to New Orleans’ quintessential and unmatchable flavor, Voodoo will host a top-notch food-vendor selection that will feature some of the city’s top chefs. Two dining must-haves include the indigenous shrimp po’ boy as well as fried duck quesadillas with hot sauce.
Thanks to the negotiation of Voodoo’s organizers, visiting festival-goers can enjoy special hotel rates at some local hotels. Review a list of the negotiated accommodations including their special rate and reservation information here. But, if you are looking for a more affordable option or have many in your party, you can share a room by booking an alternative lodging option such as Airbnb and Couchsurfing.
What to Pack
Be sure to pack water, sunglasses, cash, sunscreen, poncho, hand sanitizer, a blanket or a small beach towel, a small flashlight, a soft folding chair and above all, a good attitude.
What to Leave behind
Do not bring professional audio or video recorders or still cameras, pets and laser pointers.
What to Wear to Voodoo
It’s Halloween and you are in New Orleans — dress accordingly!
For more details and the most up-to-date information about Voodoo 2016, check out its website at www.voodoofestival.com.
By Rebeca Trejo