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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2015

By Peter Howard

 

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Florence + The Machine. Photo by Teamarious Williams, all others provided by LiveNation.

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Clutch

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Gerard Way

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Peaches

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Ozzy Osbourne feat. Geezer Butler, Tom Morello, and Slash

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Babes in Toyland

On Friday, Oct. 30 2015, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience kicked off its annual ritual, boasting such acts as Ozzy Osbourne w/ Geezer Butler, Tom Morello, and Slash, Florence + The Machine, Modest Mouse, Jane’s Addiction and many more. While the weather was not a problem for Friday, by early Saturday afternoon (Halloween), the City Park festival grounds had become what can only be described as a mud filled, knee deep swimming pool complete with costumed festival goers.

 
Subsequently, the powers-that-be decided to cancel the final day of the festival which included headliners Zac Brown Band and Deadmau5, releasing the following statement: “Due to dangerous weather conditions including forecasted persistent rain and flash flood warnings for Orleans Parish for Sunday, Nov. 1, the final day of the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has been canceled. Fan safety is the top priority for the producers of the festival and current conditions at City Park do not meet our standards for maintaining a safe experience. While Voodoo is a no refund, rain or shine event, producers will make refunds available this year given the severe weather conditions. For 3-Day credentials holders, 1/3 of posted price at time of purchase will be refunded. For Single Day credential holders who purchased for Sunday, Nov. 1, a full refund will be refunded. Fans should visit www.worshipthemusic.com for further information regarding refunds. Everyone at Voodoo 2015 wants to thank all the music fans that came to City Park to experience the first incredible two days of stellar performances. We look forward to seeing everyone again at the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.” Naturally fans were disappointed with the decision, especially since the weather was considerably worse on Saturday than it was on Sunday but the turnout for the first two days was pretty lackluster anyway.

 
Overall, though, the two days that Voodoo did take place were actually pretty entertaining. Not only does the festival offer music, but several local restaurants like Crepe’s a la carte and Cafe Navarre had stands set up, as well as many tents featuring various arts and clothing for sale. Florence + The Machine closed the day Friday with a set that can only be described as magical. Dressed in a pink fitted suit with her face made up like a skeleton from a Dia de los Muertos celebration, she danced from one end of the stage to the other; encouraging the audience to sing along with her and even giving her own head piece to a member of the audience. Other acts from the day included My Chemical Romance’s front man Gerard Way, who during his show took a moment to help raise awareness about mental health, and The Joy Formidable who seemed to more than win over the crowd with their unexpectedly stunning set.

 
Saturday, of course, brought rain but the festival went on as scheduled. Peaches, Babes in Toyland, Clutch, and Ozzy Osbourne feat. Geezer Butler, Tom Morello, and Slash among others all took the stage in torrential downpour and gusting winds to deliver some pretty impressive sets. Clutch, for example, brought local musicians (including Corrosion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan) on stage with them to jam on some of their songs. Peaches gave a predictably raunchy show, followed by Babes in Toyland, who in my opinion brought down the house with their set. Ozzy and co. closed out Saturday night with a rocking, albeit wet performance.

 
After all was said and done, the first two days of Voodoo were sufficient. Of course there were disappointments about the last day being cancelled but that is to be expected. I, personally, tip my hat to Live Nation for taking the fans’ and artists’ safety and well being into consideration. Next year, let’s just hope the rain stays away.

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