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Voodoo Experience also commonly referred to as Voodoo Fest (mostly by locals) is a multi-day music and arts festival in New Orleansmarker, Louisianamarker that was originally held on Halloween weekend in 1999, it has since moved between the weekend before Halloween and Halloween weekend throughout the years. The festival returned to Halloween weekend in 2009.

Headlining this year's festival were Kiss, Eminem, Jane's Addiction, Widespread Panic, and The Flaming Lips. Eminem announced on his Sirius satellite radio show, Shady45, that the Voodoo Experience would be his only performance in 2009.

The Voodoo Experience has hosted over 450 artists and close to a million fans over its 10-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 Marilyn Manson, 50 Cent, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran, NIN, Porcupine Tree, R.E.M., and 311 with local Louisiana musicians including The Original Meters, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship? and Dr. John.

History

Creation

The Voodoo Music Festival was first held on 30 October 1999 at Tad Gormley Stadiummarker 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.

Growth

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 headlining 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.

Hurricane Katrina

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 Parkmarker, 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 celebrated its tenth anniversary, dubbed "The Tenth Ritual." The festival changed its name to Voodoo Experience dropping "music" from its title in 2008.

Lineups

2009 lineup

Starting on June 11, 2009, the festival's official Twitter account started a "Voodoo Lineup Scramble" contest, posting scrambled names of confirmed acts for followers to unscramble. The game can be followed via the trending topic "#voodoolineupscramble". . The Voodoo Experience will be the only full concert Eminem will be performing in 2009.He is the main highlight of the show being heavily promoted.

Official 2009 Lineup:

2008 lineup

On 26 June 2008, festival organizers announced that Lil Wayne, from New Orleans' Hollygrovemarker neighborhood, will be joining the 2008 line-up. On September 5, 2008 festival organizers announced The Mars Volta, TV on the Radio, Irma Thomas, Butthole Surfers, Ben Jelen, Fishbone and more than 40 other performers joined the 2008 Voodoo lineup. During the second day of the festival, Lil Wayne ran over his alotted set time by over fifteen minutes and power was eventually cut from his stage. As a result, the rest of the night proceeded as planned but Nine Inch Nails, the headliner for the night, was forced to cut their set slightly shorter than planned. N.E.R.D was originally slated to play on the third day of the festival but was dropped. Lupe Fiasco played his set in their place.

Friday Photo Gallery

Saturday Photo Gallery

Sunday Photo Gallery

Friday October 24:

Saturday October 25:

Sunday October 26::

2007 lineup

Friday October 26:

Saturday October 27:

Sunday October 28::

2006 lineup



Saturday, October 28:

Sunday, October 29:

2005 lineup

Because of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 Voodoo Experience was split into two different sites (New Orleans and Memphis). The city of Memphismarker was gracious enough to let Voodoo host part of the festival at its AutoZone Parkmarker. Another part of the show took place at New Orleans' Audubon Park "fly" 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.

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2004 lineup

The Pixies perform at Voodoo Music Experience 2004


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2003 lineup

Friday October 31:

Saturday, November 1:

Sunday, November 2:

2002 lineup

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2001 lineup



2000 lineup

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1999 lineup

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References

  1. History
  2. 2001winners
  3. pollstar-awards
  4. http://www.neworleanscvb.com/articles/index.cfm/action/view/articleID/1857/typeID/27


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