The Voodoo Music & Arts Experience official website is stuck in time. Specifically, the time when it alerted the world that the festival was taking “a pause” in 2022. Over a year later and no goblins or ghouls have yet poked their fingers from the dirt of New Orleans City Park to resurrect this spooky Louisiana music festival.
This hiatus came to the surprise of many fans who expected the New Orleans favorite to return as COVID-19 mitigation measures were lifted. However, Steve Rehage, who founded the music and arts festival in 1999, first told Alex Raws at MySpiltMilk.com the cancellation came as no surprise to him.
Eighteen months before it was announced to the rest of the world, Live Nation Entertainment told Rehage that unless he sold them his 49% minority share, they would not be staging Voodoo Music and Arts Experience. Rehage said he believed Live Nation was undervaluing his share in negotiations, and perhaps, in order to force him to sell, has ceased to put on the popular festival to damage its value.
As of August 2023, there are no official posts about Voodoo fest 2023, and we’ve reached out to official Voodoo representatives for an update to no avail. Hopefully Voodoo Music and Arts Experience finds its way back to City Park through some dark magic or other, but until then, we’ll have to settle for a little less over Halloween weekend.
So for now, Voodoo, we reflect on what you have been. This writer has loved you and your surprisingly incredible musical lineups: Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Eminem, Rage Against The Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Kiss, Janelle Monae, Snoop Dogg, Childish Gambino, Post Malone, Bassnectar, Foo Fighters, 50 Cent and so many more.
I’ve loved the Forked Up Food Court’s shrimp po-boys and crawfish mac’n’cheese. And your skeletons! So many skeletons. Steampunk and Day of the Dead. Deathly and ethereal.
And Voodoo, more than anything, you won me over with your spectacular visuals. Your haunted houses, immersive art, costumes that shift shape, your giant, electric real life fantasy. Your zombies, your fairies, your witches, your ghouls.
- Around 100,000 people attend every year.
- In the past you could buy General Admission, GA+, VIP, or Platinum tickets, with each tier giving more perks or access than the last. Voodoo Music & Arts Experience ticket prices and sales are not available at the time of this writing.
- A mobile app will be forthcoming to make the navigation of Voodoo Music and Arts Experience easier.
- Live it up outside the festival, too, and you won’t regret it. Check out our Best Things to Do in New Orleans to get started.
What is the nearest airport?
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), about 12 miles away from where the multi-day music and arts festival is held in City Park in New Orleans.
Where are the Where are the the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience festival grounds?
New Orleans City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Are costumes required?
No, but you don’t want to miss out on the fun.
Is it all held outside?
Yes, rain or shine. If it’s raining you’ll want rain boots. Trust.
How far is Atlanta, Georgia from New Orleans?
Atlanta is 471 miles from New Orleans.
How far is Austin, Texas from New Orleans?
Austin is 511 miles from New Orleans.
How far is Chicago from New Orleans?
There are 929 miles between Chicago and New Orleans.
How far is New York from New Orleans?
NYC is 1,306 miles from New Orleans.
How far is Los Angeles from New Orleans?
L.A. is 1,900 miles from New Orleans.
How far is San Francisco from New Orleans?
San Francisco is 2,257 from New Orleans.
Who produced Voodoo?
Which artists are on the Voodoo fest 2023 lineup?
The lineup hasn’t been released at the time of this writing.