VOODOO 2016 – PHOTO RECAP

Voodoo - Photo Recap

The 18th annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was held this past weekend, bringing festival fanatics from across the country to the spooky, ritualistic swamps of New Orleans. With annual dates aligning with Halloween weekend, Voodoo Fest pulled out all of the scary stops — per usual — with their eclectic mix of artists, eats, drinks and activities for all to enjoy.

Friday night brought headliner The Weeknd to the festival’s Altar stage, followed by alt-metal rockers Tool on Day 2 and indie royals Arcade Fire on the festival’s final night.

Sneak a peak of the fest’s biggest Instagram highlights with Anderson .Paak, Die Antwoord, The Chainsmokers and more!

Is it too soon to feel nostalgic for #VoodooFest 2016? 📷by @cambriavision

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@thechainsmokers got us lifted at #LePlur tonight. #VoodooFest photo by @charles.reagan

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Getting glowed up with Anderson .Paak on the #AltarStage. #VoodooFest photo by @charles.reagan

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The members of @bobmosesmusic performed in GnR costumes on the #SouthCourseStage. #VoodooFest photo by @charles.reagan

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😱| #VoodooFest photo by @zacksmith_photography

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#LePlur was packed for @dieantwoord! #VoodooFest photo by @charles.reagan.

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We had so much fun dancing with Saint Motel today! #VoodooFest photo by @cambriavision.

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The Pretty Reckless rocked the #AltarStage. #VoodooFest photo by @zacksmith_photography.

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@torylanez brought incredible energy to the #PepsiStage. #VoodooFest photo by @charles.reagan

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VOODOO CULTURE

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The city of New Orleans is rich in culture and truly like no other. As a result, Voodoo Music Festival and Arts Experience aims to immerse festival-goers in the surrounding New Orleans and African culture, and draws heavily on the mystical side of Voodoo practices and traditions. We were intrigued so we decided to dig deeper…

 

Voodoo is commonly associated with evil spirits and pin-stuck dolls of your enemies, giving it a bad connotation. But the truth is, it is a religion that kept African slaves united in the formative years of slavery. Their united belief in “Voudon,” meaning the “Creator” or “Great Spirit,” originated in Africa before making its way over to New Orleans carrying with it the search of understanding spiritual aspects in life.

New Orleans, being rich with French, Spanish and Indian traditions, created a vibrant environment to establish voodoo. And in 1830, the queen of voodoo was crowned and that woman was Marie Laveau. The richest women in town all told her of all their secrets, tales and innermost thoughts. She brought a magical and sensual light to voodoo, along with her snake, named Zombi after an African god, who was also believed to have magnificent powers. She became a spiritual guide who dealt with curses and read minds. Every year since her death, on June 23 the queen is celebrated. And if you are lucky, maybe you will feel voodoo queen’s spirit at the fest this year, as her beliefs are the celebrated roots of this music and arts experience.

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Voodoo culture is just one of the facets of New Orlean’s culture, along side jazz music, soul food delicacies and Mardi Gras. All of which you will be able to experience at the acclaimed festival. Grab your tickets and join the ritual.

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VOODOO – FEATURED ARTIST: KEVIN GATES

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The official Suicide Squad soundtrack dropped last week, and we can’t get enough of VOODOO artist Kevin Gates‘ hot new track, Know Better.

XXL Mag praises the original song, noting that “it easily could have been left off Islah, his outstanding official debut album from earlier this year. The way Gates draws out his vowels on the hook is the best part, and just like so many other deep cuts on Islah, Atlantic may want to go ahead and make this a single, video treatment and all.”

Gates is one our top performers to watch at the 2016 VOODOO Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans alongside headliners Tool, Arcade Fire and The Weeknd.

Want to catch Kevin Gates Halloween Weekend at VOODOO 2016? You can grab your 3-Day General Admission and VIP Loa tickets here.

 

VOODOO MUSIC + ARTS EXPERIENCE

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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is a musical gumbo stirring together music, art, community, cuisine and all the mystery and adventure that Halloween weekend in New Orleans conjures up. With more than 65 bands over three days, Voodoo is more than just a Festival – it is an experience. Join the 2017 ritual on October 27 – 29!

2017 Lineup Details: Stay tuned! The full 2017 artist lineup is coming soon.

Past performers include Tool, Arcade Fire, The Weeknd, G-Eazy, The Chainsmokers, Band of Horses, Cage the Elephant, Kevin Gates, and Die Antwoord.