A Closer Look at the 2012 Voodoo Experience Lineup

always has an off-the-wall lineup that you won’t really find elsewhere and this year’s edition is certainly no exception. Having , , and at the top says about all you need to know about this festival – but the randomness doesn’t stop there. Here’s a quick look back at the past three Voodoos and a closer look at this year’s Fest.


KISS, Eminem, , Ween and The Flaming Lips made for one majorly bizarre and enjoyable melange of headlining performances. Notably, The Pogues’ surly Sunday afternoon set on November 1st was quite the memorable train wreck of a set that sticks out in memory above all-else from the weekend. A fitting show to watch after a lengthy Halloween night out in .


Crowd at Voodoo 2011 || Photo by Jimmy Grotting


Last year, Soundgarden, Blink-182, The Meters, Fatboy Slim, TV on the Radio and The Raconteurs charted yet another high score on the eclectic meter. The Meters’ Sunday set was the legendary NOLA band’s first appearance in the Big Easy in a half-decade – a surprisingly strong and mostly tight set that was a high point of not only the weekend but the entire year.

A closer look at 2012

While and have played almost every major U.S. festival this year, there are a number of more surprising acts on the 2012 bill (like Tomahawk and Dave Stewart) that fit right in with Voodoo’s unique tradition of wild programming – a festival always managing to toss a few wild cards into the mix.

Seeking other weirdness? Look no further than (although I wouldn’t personally recommend it), Thomas Dolby (would definitely recommend it) and/or Unicorn Fukr (don’t know anything about it but a name like that suggests its not gonna be a whitebread set you’d wanna bring your folks to).

EDM fans once again will get their fill in City Park with , and anchoring yet another lineup featuring a who’s who in the modern electronic scene.

George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners @ Tipitina’s Uptown – 2/20/12 || Photo by Jimmy Grotting

Out-of-towners seeking a taste of ? Besides the Creole Eats area, there’s a full harvest of NOLA acts playing (as always) and you definitely won’t wanna sleep on , George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners, , Luke Winslow-King or , among many others.

The countdown to October 26th begins…Gary Clark Jr. and in the same weekend?! There’s your ticket puncher right there.


Ghost Pharaoh @ Voodoo Experience 2011 || Photo by Jimmy Grotting



Etienne De’ Crecy

Thomas Dolby


The Gaslamp Killer
Bingo! Show
The Features
Delta Rae

Jim-E Stack

101 Runners Featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Treme Brass Band

Force Feed Radio
Lost Bayou Ramblers + Pres Hall Horns
Johnny V., James Singleton Doing James Booker

Marcia Ball

Ingrid Lucia Presents Nightengales
Lil Band O’Gold
Paul Sanchez
Little Freddie King

Cedric Watson
Beverly Skillz
The Pimps of Joytime

TBC Brass Band
Noisician Coalition
Luke Winslow King

Royal Teeth
Carmine P. Filthy
Unicorn Fukr

Christopher Joseph
Christoph Andersson
Fleur De Tease with Special Guests
Chicano Batman
St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus
Money Mitch

Don’t miss this one folks, for serious: