Voodoo Music + Art Experience 2015 Guide

By Meghan Henoumont




The Ritual stage Voodoo Music + Art experience 2014 Photo courtesy of: Voodoo Music + Art experience/ Live Nation


The line-up has been released, the evenings are getting cooler, and social media is buzzing with Halloween costume ideas. Voodoo Music + Art Experience is nearly here! Here in New Orleans we believe it’s never too early to get excited for a three-day, rain or shine music fest! So, get your group together and devise your plan of attack:
• Come up with a general plan of what acts you want to see on each day. This way you don’t miss a band you really want to see. Here are the Dolphin newspaper’s staff artist picks to get you going:
Voodoo 2015 Staff Picks:

Meghan Henoumont

Peaches: High-energy, provocative and a huge influence on modern music. If only these adjectives were enough. Peaches is a truly indefinable artist that must operate in a different dimension: one probably occupied by gyrating panda bears and fruits that once consumed allow you to communicate with the dead. Just go see her. Be prepared to laugh, scream and leave covered in God knows what.


Deadmau5: AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! Ok, got that out. Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, is a progressive house producer, DJ and one of this year’s festival headliners, deservedly so. He is a composer of beats. Electronic music gets a bad rap for repetitive jarring sounds and lacking in the soul department, not Deadmau5. He weaves complex symphonies from a space ship in the mind. His music drifts, swells and breaks like neon waves against an alien beach. If you make it out expect to dance until the festival closes, and text your classmates ahead of time for notes on Monday


Jamila Cherif

Girl Talk : The mash-up king, Greg Gillis, is back in NOLA! Cleveland, Ohio native Gillis started his career back in 2011, making magic with only a laptop. Gillis specializes in glitch experimental plunder phonics and hip-hop. Try not to be tardy so you can grab a good spot!



Mija: If you enjoy mixes with a dose of crazy heavy ambiance check out Mija. Mija is an up and coming DJ that self-started using SoundCloud. A master of her art, you can catch her laying down dope beats, and twisting them into completely new forms of sound. Grab your friends and dance the afternoon away.



Peter Howard

Babes in Toyland: ‘90s riot girl band, known for their hit album, “Fontanelle.” Recently reunited after a 13-year hiatus, you can catch them Saturday, Oct 31 from 6:45pm to 7:45pm at the Carnival stage.

Jane’s Addiction: Quintessential ‘90s alt-rock band with hits such as “Jane Says,” “Been Caught Stealing,” and “Stop!” You can see them on Saturday, Oct 31 from 7:45pm to 9:00pm at the Altar stage.

Stefan Muro

Jack Ü is an Electronic Dance Music duo of the rising genre’s biggest DJs. Skrillex is a two-time Grammy winner that teamed up with Mad Decent Record’s founder, Diplo, in 2013. Since then, they have maintained their status as Billboard’s #1 EDM artists and have performed in the biggest music festivals worldwide. Catch them on Oct. 30 at 8:30 p.m. on the Le Plur stage


Jack U voodoo picks
Joey Bada$$: This Brooklyn based rapper has become a household name in hip-hop in recent years for his raw and versatile sound. His debut album, B4.DA.$$, is #1 in independent rap albums of 2015. He has been touring for it overseas and will bring it to Voodoo with New Orleans brass band, The Soul Rebels on Oct. 30 at 6:00 p.m. on the Carnival stage.

La’Donna Bryer

Jason Isbell : Jason Isbell is known for being a member of the country-fried band Trucker, but it’s his new solo act that has won him the title: king of Americana. Isbell is a guitarist and singer-songwriter who specializes in soul-tinged-rock, country and blues. Grab a partner and go round and round.

Chance the rapper: Native of Chicago Chancellor Bennett, aka Chance the rapper, blends Acid house and Rap, for music that sounds like what a journey through the soul of Jazz musician would. Love him for his fresh rhythms and stay for the effervescent retro beats.


Jeff Boudreaux

Ozzy Osbourne: In the world of heavy metal, this man has truly done it all. A founding member of the legendary “Black Sabbath” in 1969, Ozzy embarked upon a solo career ten years later and has never looked back. With 12 platinum albums to his name, including the iconic “Blizzard of Ozz,” “Diary of a Madman,” and “Bark at the Moon,” “the Godfather of Heavy Metal” will fittingly headline the Altar stage at 9:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Featuring original Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, and guitar gods Tom Morello and Slash, this performance is guaranteed to be one that you won’t want to miss!


Zac Brown Band : Here is a band that can play some down-home country music and then turn around and rock your socks off. Winners of numerous Grammy, ACM, and CMA awards,this phenomenal act broke onto the scene in 2008 and show no signs of slowing down. They’ve gained a reputation as a solid jam band, and garnered their first number one hit on the rock charts in 2015 with “Heavy is the Head,” a collaboration with Chris Cornell. Be it country or rock you prefer, find the best of both worlds with this act.

Tiffny Harris

Florence and the Machine: This rock band from England has been wowing just about everyone since their 2007 debut. Flash forward to 2015 and the machine keeps on churning out soulful rock that manages to stay modern and relevant: A show not to be missed.


Third Eye Blind: Third Eye Blind has managed to maintain a solid fan-base since 1996. Must be the band member’s angsty rock-anthems and humble personalities that have made them a festival fan favorite. Bring your mom to this show and let her swoon.

• Don’t worry about being overly rigid though; walk around and check out groups you’ve never heard of. Discovery is part of a good festival experience.

• Establish a meeting place. In case you and your posse get separated, or want to check out different performances. You can bring in a flag or totem pole to be easily identified by your group, as long as it’s not made of wood or metal. We’ve included a pocket map to help with navigation and planning.

A few things to expect and plan for:

* Poor cell phone reception. Every year the festival grounds are packed with thousands of music lovers. Your messages/calls will not always go through. Everyone is posting and texting about the fest.

• Large crowds in front of stages can be tough to navigate with groups. Try to decide ahead of time who will hold spots in front of stages to avoid getting separated, remember: texting more than likely won’t work!
• EVERYONE is subject to being searched before entry. Don’t bring anything you wouldn’t bring through airport security.




Voodoo Music + Art Experience 2015 line-up

Florence + The Machine
Jack Ü
Modest Mouse
Girl Talk
Jason Isbell
Gerard Way
Joey Bada$$ And The Soul Rebels
The Joy Formidable
Ryan Bingham
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
Wax Motif
Hundred Waters
Flow Tribe
Dan Dyer
Hello Negro
St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus
Saturday, October 31
Ozzy Osbourne feat.
Geezer Butler, Tom Morello and Slash
Jane’s Addiction
Duke Dumont
Giorgio Moroder
Django Django
The Growlers
Babes In Toyland
Jacob Plant
Terence Blanchard feat. the E-Collective
Nina Las Vegas
Fantastic Negrito
The Struts
The Suffers
The Wans
Mike Dillon’s Punk Rock Percussion Consortium
Mississippi Rail Company
Carmine P. Filthy & A Boy Named Ruth
Kompression With Unicorn Fukr And Herb Christopher
Sunday, November 1
Zac Brown Band
Chance The Rapper
Eric Prydz
Slightly Stoopid
Third Eye Blind
The Cult
Bro Safari
Title Fight
The Temperance Movement
Here Come The Mummies
July Talk
Rozzi Crane
Quickie Mart
Baby Bee
The Ludlow Thieves


*Biking and public transportation are the preferred methods. The fest provides tons of bike racks; just remember your lock. The streetcar line has a stop in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art.
*You can drive. However, driving means tons of road closures and detours, and parking can be sparse and costly, not to mention if you plan on drinking, driving is always a bad idea.
* There are parking lots at and around the festival this year, if you’re cool with paying. One is on campus for $60 with a three-day pass. For parking lot listings and directions visit: http://worshipthemusic.com/maps/
*You can get dropped off via taxi, and the festival provides an area where taxis wait for people leaving. However, there are a lot of people waiting as well, prepare for a battle if you go this route.
Don’t forget to:
*Bring some cash to try all the amazing food, get your drink on and to score one of a kind art in the marketplace. They have ATMs, but the fees tend to be high.
* Bring your picture ID: you’ll need it to get in, purchase adult beverages, and must have one for any prescription medication you need to bring in.
* Stay Hydrated: The festival will provide water refill stations. The water refill stations are marked on the festival map.
*Have an open mind. You will be surrounded by music fans from all over the country. People are going to talk to you and dance with you. Be friendly and prepared to meet tons of interesting people.
*Know ahead of time what you can and can’t bring into the festival, here are the lists directly from the festival to make packing easier:

Try to travel light! Bring only the essentials. Dancing in a crowd can get difficult if you have 30 lbs. on your back.
Fest packing checklist:
• _ Ibuprofen (Having a headache at a music festival=Purgatory)
• _ Sunglasses/sunscreen/bug spray (no aerosols!)
• _ Phone charger
• _ Rain coat or poncho
• _ Sweater
• _ Toilet paper (one member of the group should bring backup)
• _ Blanket or towel to take a break on
• _ Reusable grocery bag (for any items you buy)
• _ Refillable water Bottle (Must be empty before entry)
• _ Cash
• _ Drivers license/State-issued ID card
Voodoo Music + Art Experience Dress:
Fall festival fashion:
Written by: Teamarious Williams

The Voodoo Music + Art Experience arrives at the perfect time of year; lukewarm days and breezy nights make for the ultimate outdoor concert experience…but what to wear?

If prior experience hasn’t taught you, here’s the golden fall festival fashion rule for Voodoo: New Orleans weather is finicky: Cold one minute then hot. This is why you should always check the weather forecast in the morning before dressing for your fest day.



A medium weight denim shirt- dress is breathable and can easily be layered with a cropped cardigan for chilly nighttime shows. These so right now platform Converse sneakers will keep your feet comfortable for all the walking and dancing you’ll do.
Ladies leave the heels at home. You will regret it. A pair of mod sunglasses will keep your peepers safe from the sun. If you’re bringing a purse this clutch with a wrist strap is just right for storing lip-gloss, cash and an ID.

If you’re going to pull a late nighter: These hipper-than-thou high-waisted skinny jeans are a must! Top them off with a flowy sweater in a neutral color and a lightweight military inspired jacket. Accessorize with these seasons-must-haves: lace-up booties and a fringed saddlebag.



For daytime keep it simple with a comfy and classic polo shirt and lightweight linen blend shorts. These aqua tennis and statement making watch will help you standout in a crowd. It’s a music fest! So have fun with it guys and try a pair of brightly colored suspenders.

Fest Safety:
Treat safety at Voodoo Music + Art Experience the same as you would on a night out. Be respectful of the streets you’re walking, those are neighborhoods. Try to keep it down. Don’t drink or ingest anything given to you by someone you don’t know. Be mindful of your surroundings, especially if you leave the grounds at night. You’re still in New Orleans. Keep an eye on anyone in your group whose had one too many drinks and most important: Never drink and drive. If it comes down to taking keys away from a friend, just do it. They’ll thank you in the morning. If you’re not capable of driving, call a cab:
• United Cabs Co: (504) 522-9771
• Checker-Yellow: (504) 943-2411
• White Fleet Cab Co: (504) 822-3800
In case of Emergency: If you or a member of a group gets sick or injured suddenly there are three on-site medic tents spread throughout the festival grounds. They are marked on the festival map provided. Keep an eye on members of your group and know ahead of time where the medic tents are just in case.


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