|Location(s)||New Orleans, Louisiana, US|
|Years active||1999 - present|
|Date(s)||November 1, 2 and 3 2013|
|Genre||Alternative rock, hip hop, electronica, indie rock, soul, funk, jazz, jam, blues, New Orleans bounce, R&B, ska, rap, gospel, hard rock, brass band, jazz, reggae, metal|
|Website||Official Website (The Voodoo Experience)|
The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, formerly Voodoo Music Experience, commonly referred to as Voodoo or Voodoo Fest, is a multi-day music and arts festival held in City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana. It was first held on Halloween weekend in 1999. It has since moved between the weekend before Halloween and Halloween weekend throughout the years. The festival returned to Halloween weekend in 2009.
The Voodoo Experience is known for its blending of high-profile national artists from all genres such as Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tiesto, Nine Inch Nails, Kiss, Deadmau5, The Black Keys, Neil Young, Green Day, Snoop Dogg, Duran Duran, R.E.M., My Chemical Romance, 50 Cent and 311 with local Louisiana musicians including The Original Meters, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, and Dr. John among many more.
The Voodoo Music Festival was first held on October 30, 1999 at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park. Planned and executed by Steve Rehage, CEO of Rehage Entertainment, the festival consisted of three stages and many local and national acts.
The Voodoo Festival started with very humble beginnings in 1999 as a one day music festival in Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans with an attendance of about 8,000 people, the headlining artist was Wyclef Jean and Fugees. The following year expanded to two days and drew attention with a performance by Eminem, whose fame had exploded just before the festival, bringing Voodoo to the attention of music fans from around the world. In 2006, Voodoo separated the show into 3 distinct areas (Le Ritual, Le Flambeau and Le Carnival) on six stages. Each area was designed to showcase uniquely different sides of the personality of the festival and New Orleans. “Le Flambeau” features music and sounds consistent with the hometown style of The Big Easy. “Le Ritual” features more mainstream music we are all familiar with, and finally “Le Carnival” features indie bands, burlesque, and circus acts. In 2007, The festival expanded to 3 days and broke all previous attendance records with an estimate 100,000+ fans.
Hurricane Katrina 
In 2005, the Voodoo Music Experience was an early post-Hurricane Katrina event, billed as the "first full-scale, large entertainment event within city limits since the disastrous hurricane and subsequent flood hit the city on August 29." At the insistence of event producer Steve Rehage, the festival was held as a free tribute concert for the first responders, military, volunteers, and returning residents six weeks after the storms. The festival took place at Riverview Park, a part of Audubon Park, and featured Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, The Secret Machines, New York Dolls and local bands including Cowboy Mouth and Rebirth Brass Band. The festival also relocated to Memphis for the year because New Orleans was not able to support the full concert. As New Orleans recovered, Voodoo Experience returned fully to City Park in 2006 with a record-breaking attendance of over 100,000.
2007 and 2008 
In 2007, the festival was expanded from two to three days. October 24, 2008 was the tenth event, dubbed "The Tenth Ritual." The festival changed its name to Voodoo Experience dropping "music" from its title in 2008.
2013 lineup 
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013 will take place on November 1-3, 2013. One April 15, fifteen acts were announced for the 2013 event, including: Pearl Jam + Nine Inch Nails + Calvin Harris + Bassnectar + Paramore + Afrojack + Macklemore & Ryan Lewis + Boys Noize + The Gaslight Anthem + Big Gigantic + How To Destroy Angels + Alkaline Trio + Desaparecidos + Cults + and Robert Delong.
2012 lineup 
Voodoo Music Experience 2012 took place on October 26–28, 2012. On June 22, The Voodoo Experience made a second lineup announcement.
Metallica + Neil Young & Crazy Horse + Jack White + Skrillex + The Avett Brothers + Kaskade + Justice + Nas + Silversun Pickups + Awolnation + Dave Stewart + Gary Clark Jr. + Bootsy Collins + Etienne de Crécy + K'Naan + JFK of MSTRKRFT + Tomahawk + Thomas Dolby + Say Anything + Die Antwoord +Modestep + Toots and the Maytals + Preservation Hall Jazz Band + The Gaslamp Killer + Borgore +Nervo + The New Orleans Bingo! Show + The Features + Dev + Delta Rae + Soul Rebels + George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners+ DJ QBert & D-Styles of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz + DallasK + Jim-E Stack + Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds + MyNameIsJohnMichael + Infantree + Lil Band O' Gold + CC Adcock and The Lafayette Marquis + The Revivalists + Marcia Ball + The Vettes + Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton and Henry Butler doing James Booker + Ingrid Lucia presents New Orleans Nightingales plus Irma Thomas + Anders Osborne w/ Johnny Sansone + 101 Runners + Big Chief Monk Boudreaux + Treme Brass Band + Force Feed Radio + Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires + Paul Sanchez Rolling Road Show w/ cast members of 9 Lives (musical)9 Lives + Little Freddie King Andy Suzuki and The Method (band) The Method + Dirty Dozen Brass Band + Alvin Youngblood Hart + Beverly Skillz, Pimps of Joytime + Star and Dagger +TBC Brass Band + Tribute to Jimmy's Music Club The Models (New Orleans band)The Models, Dash Rip Rock, Sexdog & Stephie and The Whitesox + Supagroup + Noisician Coalition + Big Al Carson + Luke Winslow King + Lost Bayou Ramblers with Preservation Hall Horns + Leo Jackson and The Melody Clouds+ Royal Teeth, Carmine P. Filthy + Unicorn Fukr + Rekanize + Big History, Christopher Joseph, Christoph Andersson + Fleur de Tease with Special Guests Debauche + Chicano Batman + St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus + Mainline (band)|Mainline + Money Mitch
2011 lineup 
Voodoo Music Experience 2011 took place on October 28–30, 2011. It was held at City Park in New Orleans. Official lineup as of October 21, 2011:
Soundgarden + Blink 182 + The Raconteurs + Snoop Dogg + Girl Talk + Steve Angello + +Fatboy Slim + My Chemical Romance + Cheap Trick + Ray Davies + Band of Horses + TV on the Radio + The Original Meters + Social Distortion + Mastodon + X + Z Trip + Major Lazer + Ozomatli + Odd Future + Portugal. The Man + Boots Electric + City and Colour + Civil Twilight + Blind Pilot + Mates of State + Dr. John with special guests Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, and Walter “Wolfman” Washington + Fitz and the Tantrums + American Legacies with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band + Peelander Z + Sheep Dogs + Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes with Lost Bayou Ramblers + A-Trak + The Wombats + The Static Jacks + Kreayshawn + The Limousines + Fishbone + The Stone Foxes + Givers + Ani DiFranco with Ivan Neville & Herlin Riley + Honey Island Swamp Band + Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes + Mannie Fresh + Dirty South +King Britt + Red Baraat + Members of Morphine with Jeremy Lyons + Jackmaster + Claude VonStroke + Maya Jane Coles + The Bangerz + The Revivalists + Daedelus + Quickie Mart & Tony Skratchere + Mike Relm + Casey (musician) + MyNameIsJohnMichael + BeauSoleil with Dr. Michael White + Mississippi Rail Company + Feur De Bris with special guest Dan Dyer + Star Eyes + Fort Knox Five + Dangermuffin + Soul Rebels Brass Band w/Cyril Neville + Deniz Kurtal + Craig Richards + Danny Howells + Lee Burridge + Force Feed Radio + Bobby Rush + Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with special guests Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Angelo Moore + Treme Brass Band + Tommy Malone and the Hard Head + New Orleans Bingo! Show + The Travelin’ McCourys with Keller Williams + Bonerama feat. Dave Malone of The Radiators + Fleur De Tease + Leo Jackson and the Melody Clouds + Glen David Andrews + New Orleans Klezmer Allstars + Ma Maison with the Trey McIntyre Project/Preservation Hall Jazz Band + King James and the Special Men + Tanner Ross with Voices of Black + Wolf+Lamb + Soul Clap + Natalie Mae and Her Unturned Tricks + Lynn Drury Band + High Ground Drifters Bluegrass Band + Kora Konnection feat. Morikeba Kouyate and Thierno Dioubate + Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes + Achachay! + Cheeky Blakk + Quintron and Miss Pussycat + The Vettes + Noisician Coalition, Electronic Sound Line with the Bull and the Bot + Carmine P. Filthy + Andrew Duhon + Iris May Tango + Kyle Turley + Palmetto Bug Stompers + Tao Seeger Brass Band + Chris Thomas King + Illuminasti Trio Plus 1 feat. Mike Dillon, James Singleton, Skerik, and Brian Coogan + Morning 40 Federation + R. Scully’s Rough 7 + Hurray for the Riff Raff + Happy Talk Band + Rotary Downs + New Orleans Bounce Azztravaganza feat. Katey Red, Vockah Redu, Cheeky Blakk, D.J. Lefty Parker, and special guests + Christoph Andersson + Swiss Chriss + Fran Moran and The Nervous Wrecks + DJ Swamp + Miracle at St. Anna
2010 lineup 
On June 15, 2010, Facebook pages started to pop up on the social networking giant stating "Voodoo 2010: (insert artist name) Has Joined The Ritual". The initial artists named are Ozzy Osbourne, Muse, Trombone Shorty, and MGMT. As of June 17, 2010, the official line-up was released with acts such as Drake, Weezer, Interpol, Metric, and many others.
On June 21, 2010, it was announced that another headlining act to be added to the bill was My Morning Jacket. It was also said that there were more acts to come that would be announced as time goes on.
Official 2010 lineup:
2009 lineup 
Starting on June 11, 2009, the festival's official Twitter account started a "Voodoo Lineup Scramble" contest, posting scrambled names of confirmed acts for followers to unscramble. The game can be followed via the trending topic "#voodoolineupscramble". The Voodoo Experience is the only full concert Eminem performed at in 2009.
2008 lineup 
On 26 June 2008, festival organizers announced that Lil Wayne, from New Orleans' Hollygrove neighborhood, will be joining the 2008 line-up. On September 5, 2008 festival organizers announced The Mars Volta, TV on the Radio, Irma Thomas, Butthole Surfers, Ben Jelen, Fishbone and more than 40 other performers joined the 2008 Voodoo lineup. During the second day of the festival, Lil Wayne ran over his allotted set time by over fifteen minutes and power was eventually cut from his stage. As a result, the rest of the night proceeded as planned but Nine Inch Nails, the headliner for the night, was forced to cut their set slightly shorter than planned. N.E.R.D was originally slated to play on the third day of the festival but was dropped. Lupe Fiasco played his set in their place.
2007 lineup 
2006 lineup 
2005 lineup 
Because of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 Voodoo Experience was split into two different sites (New Orleans and Memphis). The city of Memphis was gracious enough to let Voodoo host part of the festival at its AutoZone Park. Another part of the show took place at New Orleans' Audubon Park "fly" held as a free show for the first responders, military, volunteers, and returning residents. The show drew between 20,000-25,000 people and featured several New Orleans musicians that had not played in the city since the storm.
2004 lineup 
2003 lineup 
2002 lineup 
2001 lineup 
2000 lineup 
1999 lineup