Tool, the Weeknd and Arcade Fire are slated to headline the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans this fall, organizers announced Tuesday.
They’ll join G-Eazy, Cage the Elephant, the Chainsmokers, Band of Horses, Kevin Gates, Die Antwoord, Porter Robinson, Carnage, MuteMath and dozens more at City Park on Oct. 28-30.
In total, the 18th Voodoo Fest will present more than 65 acts on four stages — the same number of stages the festival has deployed since moving to the park’s permanent, 50-acre Festival Grounds in 2013.
The 2016 Voodoo will be the first without founder Steve Rehage’s involvement. C3 Presents — the Austin, Texas-based concert and festival promotion company behind the Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza in Chicago and the Landmark Festival in Washington, D.C. — now produces Voodoo.
Tickets went on sale Tuesday morning via voodoofestival.com/tickets.
Three-day general admission passes are $140 plus service charges. A three-day Loa VIP pass is $400; amenities include a dedicated express lane at the main entrance, air-conditioned restrooms and exclusive viewing areas at all four stages. Payment plan options are available.
Several of Voodoo’s signature attractions, including the carnival rides, art installations and craft beer garden, are set to return in 2016.
In a change, the 2016 roster pivots away from the marquee electronic dance music deejays the festival has featured in recent years.
The progressive metal quartet Tool is a Voodoo veteran, having spooked City Park back in 2001. The upcoming date will be Tool’s second New Orleans appearance of 2016. The band concluded a month-long tour on Jan. 31 by playing to nearly 14,000 fans at a sold-out Smoothie King Center.
Leading up to Voodoo, Tool will play a handful of warm-up dates, including a gig in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Oct. 28. That means they’ll hit Voodoo on either Oct. 29 or Oct. 30. The festival’s day-by-day schedule has not been revealed.
Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan will be especially busy during this fall’s return trip: His side project Puscifer is also booked at Voodoo.
For Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Voodoo is essentially a hometown gig. The couple has lived in New Orleans more or less full time since Arcade Fire performed at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.
They have become familiar sights at music-related events around town, from Allen Toussaint’s memorial service at the Orpheum Theater to a Stevie Wonder concert at the Smoothie King Center.
In January, they teamed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band — which also is booked at Voodoo — to lead the massive David Bowie memorial parade that shut down much of the French Quarter.
The Weeknd has not performed in New Orleans since his massive commercial breakthrough. The contemporary soul/R&B singer’s 2015 album “Beauty Behind the Madness” yielded a string of smash singles, including “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” Last year, he made the rounds at several major music festivals. But the closest he got to New Orleans was a stop at the recent Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Mid-level acts on the Voodoo bill include Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires; the Claypool Lennon Delirium, featuring Sean Lennon and Primus frontman Les Claypool; Porter Robinson; Beats Antique; STS9; and Shakey Graves.
The two major rap bookings both have ties to south Louisiana. Kevin Gates, who recently performed at the Orpheum Theater, grew up in Baton Rouge and served time in a Louisiana prison.
G-Eazy, born Gerald Gillum, graduated from Loyola University in 2011 with a degree in music industry studies. He recorded his official debut album, 2012’s “Must Be Nice,” in New Orleans. His most recent album, “When It’s Dark Out,” sold more than 100,000 copies its first week of release. A G-Eazy show scheduled for the Joy Theater early this year was moved to the larger Orpheum Theater.
The alternative band MuteMath formed in New Orleans and has recorded here as well.
Local acts on the Voodoo roster, in addition to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, include modern rock band The Breton Sound and the deejay Unicorn Fukr.
Rehage, a New Orleans native who played football for LSU in the 1980s, launched Voodoo as a multiple-stage, multiple-genre music festival in 1999. In 2013, he sold a majority stake to Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest concert promoter. He was named president of Live Nation’s North American festivals division, charged with overseeing and expanding the company’s portfolio of outdoor festivals.
But he and Live Nation parted ways soon after the rain-plagued 2015 Voodoo. Management of Voodoo was transferred to C3 Presents, another member of the Live Nation corporate family.
Founded in 2007, C3 promotes about 1,700 concerts annually in small clubs, Austin’s famed Stubb’s BBQ amphitheater and large arenas. C3 has also expanded the Lollapalooza brand to Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Berlin.
C3 retained some key members of the Rehage Voodoo staff, including Sig Greenebaum and Don Kelly. They are still based in New Orleans and share the title of “festival director.”
Amy Corbin, the head of C3 Presents’ concert division, booked Voodoo with her team. She also programs the Austin City Limits and Landmark festivals.
The full list of announced artists for the 2016 Voodoo Fest includes:
Tool, Arcade Fire, the Weeknd, G-Eazy, the Chainsmokers, Band of Horses, Cage the Elephant, Kevin Gates, Die Antwoord, Porter Robinson, Carnage, Foals, Rebelution, Excision, Gramatik, Ghost, Tory Lanez, STS9, MuteMath, Puscifer, the Claypool Lennon Delirium, Alison Wonderland, DJ Mustard, Beats Antique, Snails, Melanie Martinez, Anderson Paak & the Free Nationals, Reignwolf, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mayer Hawthorne, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Shakey Graves, Slander, What So Not, Snakehips, Bob Moses, Saint Motel, Wild Belle, Bully, Nothing But Thieves, Oh Wonder, Chairlift, the Pretty Reckless, Party Favor, Lunice, NF, Bear Hands, Black Tiger Sex Machine, All Them Witches, Lookas, Lost Kings, 4B, Sir the Baptist, Cheat Codes, Slaves, Leon, the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, the Seratones, Cakes da Killa, Little Scream, Sonny Alven, the Breton Sound, Carmine P. Filthy, Babygirl, Kidd Love, Unicorn Fukr, Herb Christopher.
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