New Orleans’ Voodoo Experience always has an off-the-wall lineup that you won’t really find elsewhere and this year’s edition is certainly no exception. Having Green Day, Skrillex, Jack White and Neil Young & Crazy Horse 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, Widespread Panic, 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 New Orleans.
Powerful, heavy rock in three very different flavors from Ozzy Osborne, Muse and My Morning Jacket contrasted with Drake, Weezer & Deadmau5. However, a sneaky Sunday set by Janelle Monae highlighted the weekend and stole the show.
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 Skrillex and Jack White 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 Die Antwoord (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).
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 Preservation Hall Jazz Band, George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners, Big History, Luke Winslow-King or The Revivalists, among many others.
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VOODOO EXPERIENCE 2012 LINEUP
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
The Avett Brothers
Etienne De’ Crecy
JFK of MSTRKRFT
Toots & The Maytals
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Gaslamp Killer
New Orleans Bingo! Show
The Soul Rebels
George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners
DJ QBERT & D-Styles of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
101 Runners Featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Treme Brass Band
CC Adcock & The Lafatyette Marquis Infantree
Force Feed Radio
Lost Bayou Ramblers + Pres Hall Horns
Johnny V., James Singleton Doing James Booker
Andy Suzuki & The Method
Ingrid Lucia Presents New Orleans Nightengales
Lil Band O’Gold
Little Freddie King
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Pimps of Joytime
Star & Dagger
TBC Brass Band
Luke Winslow King
Leo Jackson & The Melody Clouds of Joy
Carmine P. Filthy
Fleur De Tease with Special Guests
St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus
Tribute To Jimmy’s Music Club Featuring Models, Dash Rip Rock and Stephie & The Whitesox
Don’t miss this one folks, for serious:
LUKE WINSLOW KING
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS
To see LMB NOLA’s extensive coverage of last year’s festival, go here.