always has an off-the-wall that you won’t really find elsewhere and this year’s is certainly no exception. Having , Skrillex, and Neil Young & 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.


, , , Ween and 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 night out in .


Powerful, heavy rock in three very different flavors from , and contrasted , Weezer & . However, a sneaky Sunday set by highlighted the weekend and stole the show.

Crowd at Voodoo 2011 || Photo by Jimmy Grotting


Last year, Soundgarden, , , Fatboy Slim, and The Raconteurs charted yet another high score on the eclectic meter. ’ 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 Skrillex 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 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), (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).

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

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

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

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


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


Neil Young &
Jack White

Silversun Pickups
Etienne De’ Crecy
JFK of

Say Anything

Toots & The Maytals


Delta Rae
Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners
& D-Styles of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
101 Runners Featuring Big Monk Boudreaux
Brass Band
CC Adcock & The Lafatyette Marquis
Force Feed Radio
+ Pres Hall Horns
Johnny V., Doing

Andy Suzuki & The Method
Ingrid Lucia Presents New Orleans Nightengales
Lil Band O’Gold

Cedric Watson
Beverly Skillz
Star & Dagger
TBC Brass Band
Noisician Coalition
Luke Winslow King
Leo Jackson & The Melody Clouds of Joy

Carmine P. Filthy
Unicorn Fukr

Christopher Joseph
Christoph Andersson
Fleur De Tease with Special Guests

Chicano Batman
St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus
Money Mitch
Tribute To Jimmy’s Music Club Featuring Models, Dash Rip Rock and Stephie & The Whitesox

Don’t miss this one folks, for serious:


The Front Porch: Luke Winslow-King


Toots and the Maytals-54-46 Was My Number at Printemps de Bourges 2009

To see LMB NOLA’s extensive coverage of last year’s festival, go here.

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