Mumford & Sons, rapper/actor Childish Gambino and the indie rock band Arctic Monkeys are slated to headline the 20th anniversary Voodoo Experience in City Park this fall.
They top a roster that also includes shape-shifting contemporary R&B singer Janelle Monae; electronic dance music heavyweights Odesza, Martin Garrix and Zeds Dead; hard rock bands A Perfect Circle and Marilyn Manson; modern rock veterans Modest Mouse and Third Eye Blind; and the New Orleans-based Revivalists.
The dates for the 2018 Voodoo Fest are Oct. 26-28, the weekend before Halloween.
Three-day passes for the event went on sale Tuesday morning via the festival's web site, voodoofestival.com, and are available at various price levels. A general admission three-day pass costs $140, while a LOA VIP pass is $400, plus taxes and fees. A platinum-level three-day pass is $1,250.
The price of each ticket package will increase as the festival approaches.
Voodoo will once again feature four stages, positioned throughout City Park's Festival Grounds as they were in 2017. The Le Plur stage will once again be devoted to electronic dance music. The other three stages will feature a mix of everything else.
Mumford & Sons, the folk band turned arena rock powerhouse, last performed in the New Orleans area in April 2016 for the first major concert at what was then Zephyr Field. Mumford & Sons have been recording a new album; their Voodoo appearance is one of only three announced shows on the band's fall schedule.
Childish Gambino is the hip-hop alter ego of actor Donald Glover, whose TV acting credits range from the sitcom "Community" to "Atlanta." He also portrays a young Lando Calrissian in the movie "Solo: A Star Wars Story."
As Childish Gambino, he released a single and video called "This Is America" on May 5 that went to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, with a music video whose hypnotic choreography and political overtones have attracted more than 238 million views on YouTube.
Several acts on this year’s schedule are Voodoo veterans, including Arctic Monkeys, Janelle Monae, A Perfect Circle, Marilyn Manson and Third Eye Blind.
Third Eye Blind headlined the very first Voodoo, staged in Tad Gormley Stadium — one of several sites in City Park the festival used before it settled into the permanent Festival Grounds site. The band was slated to return in 2015 but was rained out, along with that entire day’s roster.
This will be the third Voodoo staged under the auspices of C3 Presents, the Austin-based concert and festival producer that oversees some of the most popular and acclaimed festivals in the country, including Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza.
Live Nation Entertainment bought a majority stake in Voodoo from founder Steve Rehage in 2013. Following the 2015 Voodoo, he and Live Nation parted ways. The company subsequently assigned management of Voodoo to C3 Presents, another of its acquisitions.
C3 retained and promoted longtime Rehage lieutenants Sig Greenebaum and Don Kelly as co-directors of Voodoo. Under their stewardship, total attendance in 2016 hit 150,000, up significantly over previous years. The festival also earned high marks for improving the overall customer experience by redesigning the layout, look and logistics of the site.
Greenebaum resigned in 2017 to oversee global live events for Overwatch League, a professional e-sports league. Kelly is now Voodoo's director.
The complete 2018 Voodoo Experience roster:
Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, Martin Garrix, A Perfect Circle, Modest Mouse, Marilyn Manson, the Revivalists, 21 Savage, Janelle Monae, Zeds Dead, Tipper, Third Eye Blind, Rufus du Sol, Awolnation, Ty Dolla $ign, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Gryffin, Highly Suspect, Hippie Sabotage, Goldlink, Tom Misch, Troyboi, AJR, Lettuce, Tinashe, Elle King, Kayzo, Boogie T. Rio (live band), Lizzo, Sofi Tukker, Ravyn Lenae, Albert Hammond Jr., Shiba San, Poppy, Claptone, the Suffers, Space Jesus, Big Thief, White Reaper, Frenship, Wallows, Dorothy, Anna Lunoe, Sunflower Bean, Nora En Pure, Droeloe, Mt. Joy, Clozee, Starcrawler, Eprom, Thunderpussy, the Coronas, Caamp, Loudpvck, Brother Sundance, GG Magree, Motel Radio, Cray, Jack Harlow, the O’My’s, Young Bombs, Dirtwire (DJ set), Swaylo, Carmine P. Filthy, Unicorn Fukr, Otto.