Voodoo Fest, a three-day music and arts festival, hosted in City Park, New Orleans opened its gates Friday afternoon to a crowd of anxious fans wanting to claim their front-row spot for Galantis and Kendrick Lamar — two of the headliners of that evening. With fall weather finally settling in along the gulf, and music festival season reaching its final weeks for the year, Voodoo captured a diverse crowd of both local and non-resident attendees looking to catch one of the last major festivals of the season and simply enjoy the outdoors before temperatures drop too low.
Once inside the venue, fans had access to five stages for their listening pleasure. Of particular note was the Toyota Music Den, the smallest of the five stages, but certainly not the least popular stages. In fact, it was its small size that made it one of the highlights of the weekend. Fans were able to see their favorite artists perform not more than a few feet away and hear a unique set tailored to the intimate setting. One of the most popular performances of the weekend was artist SuperDuperKyle, who gained his mass following after the release of “iSpy” featuring Lil Yachty in 2016. Other notable performances throughout the weekend, hosted across the various other stages, include Post Malone, LCD Soundsystem, Prophets of Rage, Kehlani and many more.
Beyond the music, Voodoo also offered a bountiful food court full of local vendors, a haunted cemetery and house, carnival rides and countless bars filled to the brim with various beverages. In the spirit of Halloween, the majority of attendees roamed the festival grounds in costume and embraced the spooky season by venturing into the haunted cemetery and house. Located in the middle of the park, the cemetery was almost unavoidable as fans bounced between stages. Inside was a group of “real-life” zombies lurking around waiting to frighten unsuspecting visitors and for those brave enough, the haunted house opened each evening at dusk.
Closing out each night of the weekend, headliners like Kendrick Lamar, Galantis, Foo Fighters, DJ Snake, Dillon Francis and The Killers took the stage, each performing for an hour and a half before sending fans on their way — likely to the infamous Bourbon Street where bars remain open well beyond the normal 2 a.m. curfew.
Voodoo Music + Arts 2018 has already been set for next year, taking place at City Park over Halloween weekend, Oct. 26-28, 2018.