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Voodoo Experience 2009 New Orleans |© Joe Van/WikiCommons
Voodoo Experience 2009 New Orleans |© Joe Van/WikiCommons

A Nitty-Gritty Guide To This Year’s Voodoo Experience

Picture of Rebeca Trejo
Updated: 16 September 2016
Thousands will head to New Orleans’ City Park festival grounds during Halloween weekend dressed up in their most inventive costumes to celebrate the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. The annual multi-day festival, which began 17 years ago as a single-day event, will take place from Friday, October 28th through Sunday, October 30th with four unique performance areas. The festival will feature top-tier acts from the contemporary music scene and host interactive large-scale art installations.

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.

Biking

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.

Uber

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.

Taxi

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.


Accommodations


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.

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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!

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For more details and the most up-to-date information about Voodoo 2016, check out its website at www.voodoofestival.com.

 

By Rebeca Trejo