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Admittedly, I never know who’s gonna show up when Mars is Coming, but something tells me come 2017, we’re gonna be EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT'ING.
This year, I’ve decided to stray away from the normal and venture into the unknown for my Halloween. For years I’ve been enviously watching the lineup releases for Voodoo Music & Arts Festival in New Orleans. This year, on a whim, I’ve decided to go. This will be the furthest I’ve traveled for a festival, and I’m beyond stoked. New Orleans is the ultimate destination for Halloween, and I just know that Voodoo Fest isn’t going to disappoint.
This is a big adventure for me. I’ve 1, never been to Voodoo Fest and 2, never been to New Orleans! Halloween is by far my favorite holiday of the year, and I can’t think of a creepier, more haunted place to spend the weekend. I love everything spooky and scary, and I’ve already booked a Ghost Tour to do on Monday night while I’m in the city!
Since it’s my first time to Voodoo, I’m definitely going to try to do as much research as I can before hand so I don’t miss out on anything!
The festival opens its gates each day at 12pm, and takes place October 28-30. It takes place in New Orleans’ City Park at the Festival Grounds. The park looks pretty big, and it looks like there’s only one entrance/exit into the festival, so a good landmark to find the entrance is the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA).
Speaking of the map, there’s a lot of cool things on it that we should investigate before heading in, so that we know what’s worth checking out. (Do you like how we’re on this adventure together now?) Let’s start with the basics, five stages: Altar, Pepsi, South Course, Le Plur and the Toyota Music Den. The Toyota Music Den is more like a secondary place, but they have a line up of artist performing at bigger stages other days. At the Den there will be small intimate performances, so basically don’t overlook this stage, you might miss someone you love. I’ve noticed these little stages as a new reoccurring theme this year at a lot of festivals.
To take a break from the music, there’s also some other sponsored areas of the festival that will be worth checking out. It’s these places that always have some free goodies usually too! Angry Orchard Arcade is going to have classic arcade games, where the games are all free but you do win tickets which you can turn in for real prizes! The Funyuns booth is going to have a gif maker. Is any festival really complete without a branded Instagram gif post!? Just like at Coachella, Voodoo has a program where if you collect some bottles to recycle, you can turn them in for some cool prizes. The Global Inheritance Recycling Store is where you take the rogue bottles, cans and cups to turn them in for VIP upgrades, headphones, festival merch, back pages and more! Bring a trash bag along with you so you can collect enough!
Forked Up is a section on the map that’s pretty self explanatory. There’s where you’ll find some incredible grub. The lineup of vendors has some classic New Orleans cuisine, but also has some vegan/vegetarian/gluten free options as well. What’s good to know, is that the vendors will accept cash, credit, debit and Voodoo Cashless payments (more on that later). I love that they have a mix of New Orleans cuisine at the festival, so I can buy little bits from each one to sample a lot of things!
The festival map also displays some of the awesome interactive art pieces scattered across the grounds. The art pieces are not only set around the festival, but a key part to the experience. For example the Front Gate you walk through is an art piece, not just a festival entrance. The design is reminiscent of the iconic wrought iron gates found throughout New Orleans. Entering the festival attendees will also be greeted by The Passage, a 16-foot-tall metal sculpture placed to set the mood for the festival. Other art pieces I can’t wait to see include Conve V2, an interactive structure lit with LEDs that you spin for the full effect, the giant 10-foot-tall voodoo candles, the Lightning Skull, and the Mortuary (can’t wait to see what this is!!).
As far as the lineup goes, I’m stoked to see quite a few artists on Saturday (the only day I’m going). I’m most looking forward to Saint Motel and Alison Wonderland. The other two nights there’s some amazing headliners as well though. I’m bummed to be missing The Weeknd, G-Eazy, Band of Horses, STS9 and Lookas. I mean wtf, I may still end up buying a Sunday pass who knows. The tickets for Voodoo Fest are amazingly priced, at $165 for a 3-day GA ticket, and $79 for a single day. Is this what it’s like to not live in LA? Anyways, buy tickets here, they’re still on sale.
Make sure to register your wristbands ahead of time! And you can sign up for Voodoo Cashless and pay with a tap of your wristband! BONUS if you sign up with a Citi card you get even more perks!
If you’re going to miss the festival, there’s some good news for you: Yahoo! just announced they’re going to live stream some sets. You can check out the list and tune in here over the weekend. While it’s only a few artists, it’s still a cool way to take a peek into the world of Voodoo Fest.
Alternatively, if you are in the NoLa area, there’s the Deva Voodoo Official After shows to check out. There’s 9 different artists including G-Eazy and Slander, and prices vary depending on the venue. Check out the list here.
While I’m only going to Voodoo one day, I’m really excited for all the other things I plan to check out in New Orleans. A short weekend is probably not enough to do it all, but it’s all I can afford right now so I’ll be making the most of it! I’m so excited to be going to a city with the spooky scary embedded into it’s history.
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