One of America's longest-running music festivals, Voodoo Music Experience delivers a delicious mix of legendary chart-toppers, bands on the rise and local New Orleans favorites. This year is no different, and festival-goers can catch a glimpse of 30 Seconds to Mars, Big Freedia and your new favorite band you've never heard of all in the same weekend in New Orelans City Park.
Based on the sheer volume of amazingness brought to you via the Voodoo lineup day in and day out, we've put together a must-see list of acts for you to check out for each day of the festival. From the last performance of OutKast's reunion tour on Friday to Foo Fighters' two-and-a-half-hour set that closes the fest on Sunday, here's our can't-miss acts of Voodoo 2014.
Sunday, November 2
Lindsay Lowend @ Le Plur, 1:00pm
Feeling a little groggy on Day 3? Not after you check out this rising DJ/producer and his brilliant mix of catchy melodies, unexpected beat drops and Super Nintendo bleeps and bloops. It’s like a cup of coffee for your ears.
Manchester Orchestra @ Flambeau, 5:00pm
The indie-grunge-rockers' latest album Cope is a super-loud, festival-ready affair that’s perfect to infuse some solid rock 'n' roll into your day.
Gogol Bordello @ Carnival, 5:30pm
Voodoo is one of the few fests that embrace offbeat music faves like this Gypsy-punk outfit. Have you ever found yourself breaking out a jig in the middle of rocking the f*ck out? See what that's like here.
Trombone Shorty @ Ritual, 4:45pm
The New Orleans native is a local darling who’s gained a following for his blending of jazz, funk, rap and even a little rock. Look out for a couple special guests to come out here too.
Plus, another bonus: You'll be in prime seating for when Foo Fighters start a half hour later!
Foo Fighters @ Ritual, 6:30pm
The Foos end Voodoo 2014 with what's sure to be an epic, two-and-a-half hour set. The veteran rockers linked up with New Orleans' legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band while recording Sonic Highways so we’re anticipating a guest-heavy show that everyone will be talking about the following week.
Saturday, November 1
Lauryn Hill @ Ritual, 6:00pm
Don't miss one of the few women representing at Voodoo! Ms. Hill's shows are known to not start on time, so it's OK if you're running a little late (and Voodoo isn't that massive of a festival space), but be sure you don't forgo a rare chance to see the singer live before she hides away for who knows how many months.
City and Colour @ Carnival, 7:30pm
As City and Colour, Dallas Green is a folk-rock force to be reckoned with. But after the proven success of his and Pink's duo project You+Me—their rose ave. LP debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 last week—we're wondering if the "So What" singer will make a surprise appearance. Fingers and toes crossed.
Thirty Seconds to Mars @ Ritual, 7:45pm
30STM haven't been hitting the festival circuit as hard as usual lately, but it's always a treat anytime they're on the bill. As always, we're expecting their infamously passionate fans to be super loud at this show.
Big Freedia @ Carnival, 7:30pm
The Queen Diva returns home! A show in the Big Easy is always a big event for Big Freedia and we're anticipating a few special bounce guests (maybe fellow NOLA icon Katey Red?) to drop in too.
Skrillex @ Le Plur, 9:00pm
We suggest ending your night with the dubstep prince whose stage setup is just as visually stimulating (have you seen the spaceship he performs out of?) as his set is sonically stirring.
Friday, October 31
Le Youth @ Le Plur, 4:15pm
This soon-to-breakout DJ/producer has racked up hits across Europe and now brings his '90s-inspired dance party to NOLA. Kick off your fest on a feel-good note.
Bleachers @ Carnival, 5:45pm
Regarding his Halloween plans, Bleachers' leader Jack Antonoff recently told us that he's "looking for two friends so we can do Weekend at Bernie's, I'd like to be Bernie." What will he wear while crooning out cuts from his excellent Strange Desire LP? We're dying to find out.
Slayer @ Ritual, 7:30pm
One of the most controversial thrash-metal acts on Halloween night? Yeah, this is a show you can't miss. There guys are bound to bring something spooky to this set. What? We're not sure, but pumped to find out.
OutKast @ Ritual, 9:20pm
We know that OutKast played everyother fest this year. But Voodoo is the absolute last date of this epic reunion tour. It's going to be the show to remember.