Voodoo Music & Arts Experience
October 31-November 2, 2014
Like most festivals, here in New Orleans and elsewhere, the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience started out small and, over time, exploded into a mega-event spanning several days and drawing big names and even bigger numbers.
Over its first fifteen years, Voodoo has booked over 2,000 acts and has drawn more than a million people, along with some of the top acts on the contemporary popular music scene. It is now second only to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in annual attendance figures.
Originally scheduled to coincide with the nearest weekend to Halloween, this year’s Voodoo Fest actually does start on Halloween night, Friday, October 31, and it runs through Sunday, November 2 during daylight hours.
The Festival Grounds in City Park is the site of the festival whose motto is “Worship the Music.” Six unique performance areas, each of which is enhanced by the use of interactive art, will feature top-tier and innovative artists from a variety of musical genres, all of which reflect the multitude of cultures that define the New Orleans demographic.
This year’s lineup, as announced so far, is as stellar as it has been in previous years. Voodoo 2014 headliners include The Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Zedd, Gogol Bordello, Flux Pavilion and dozens more. New Orleans stars in the lineup include Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Big Freedia, Bonerama, Royal Teeth, Flow Tribe and the Rebirth and Soul Rebels brass bands.
Other acts among those announced for 2014 include:
- Pretty Lights
- Thirty Seconds to Mars
- Rise Against
- Fedde Le Grand
- Manchester Orchestra
- Claude Vonstroke
For a full lineup of musical acts visit the VooDoo Official Musical Lineup.
Voodoo Fest also features a wide variety of food specialties, many of which can only be found in New Orleans and south Louisiana. Artwork and local crafts will also be on hand for display and sale, including this year’s official Voodoo poster, the design and artist of which will be announced later.
Accommodations and Camping
The organizers of Voodoo have negotiated special discounted rates with some local hotels for visiting festival-goers. To view a list of those hotels, along with rates and reservation information, click here.
Also in recent years, the festival has made arrangements with officials of City Park to set aside areas for camping during the three-day event. Online prices range from $400 to $2,500, depending on the level of service you wish to have provided during your stay. Full details, including service levels, price ranges (including general admission) and other key information can be found at VooDoo’s ticket webpage.
Parking and Transportation
Special parking arrangements are available for those who chose to drive to the festival site. Both general admission parking and parking for the Loa camping site can be purchased online for the full three days for $50. Those who intend to purchase a three-day Loa parking credential must first have at least one camping credential.
For those who prefer to be transported to and from the festival site, shuttle passes are available online for $60 for the three-days. Buses leave from and return to the Hyatt Hotel on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, adjacent to the French Quarter.
For those who hope to drive to the festival and find parking nearby, some words of advice are in order. Under normal conditions, City Park is located just a short, 15-minute drive from the French Quarter and downtown. However, during Voodoo Fest you can expect to hit congestion the closer you get to the festival site. Parking restrictions will likely be in effect and illegally parked vehicles may be towed at the owners’ expense.
Be advised it is illegal to park on the grassy medians between the lanes of major streets, as well as too close to driveways and fire hydrants or in specially designated zones such as freight, handicapped or passenger zones.
To avoid getting stuck in traffic and possibly not being able to find a legal place to park, it is highly recommended you take advantage of public transportation to get to and from the fest site. The North Carrollton Branch of the Canal Streetcar Line will take you from downtown right up to the main gates of City Park in air conditioned comfort. You can catch the Canal Streetcar along any one of many stops downtown and ask the conductor for a transfer to the North Carrollton Line. Fares are $1.25 each way, transfers included.
City buses may also be running along Esplanade Avenue that will bring you close to City Park. Check out the streetcar and bus schedules on the Regional Transit Authority website.
For More Information
For more details and the most up-to-date information about Voodoo 2014 go to their website at or call 877-569-7767 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (CT), Monday-Friday.
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