NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — Music fans are gathering today in New Orleans to take part in the 14th annual Voodoo Music Experience. The three-day festival, which draws tens of thousands to City Park, has some new perks, as well as old reminders from local law enforcement.
“We want to remind people to park in legal spaces and avoid unnecessary headaches,” said Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant. “We encourage people to be mindful of residents in the surrounding neighborhoods, and to be careful not to block driveways or park in other illegal spaces. It is the City’s intention to make every effort to keep people informed of where they can and cannot park, so they can enjoy all the great events New Orleans has to offer and not have their experience marred by receiving a parking ticket.”
Click here for a full list of regulations regarding parking at Voodoo.
For those who have visited in the past, no doubt things will look a little different on the grounds of City Park this year. For the first time, Voodoo is offering on-site camping.
“Camping options range from general tent camping with basic amenities to a luxurious all-encompassing camping experience, where concertgoers can arrive to move-in-ready 10x13 safari style tents complete with cots, bedding and pillows along with exclusive VIP access throughout the weekend.”
As for the entertainment, there was one major bump in the lineup.
Just a few weeks ago, Green Day canceled their scheduled performance as the headlining act. However, organizers were able to quickly regroup and landed a mega-group to take the Friday night timeslot.
“Having Metallica, one of the world’s greatest bands agree to perform at Voodoo in the place of Green Day, only two weeks before the festival, feels pretty surreal at the moment--like being part of rock & roll history in the making…something you will tell your grandkids about years from now,” Stephen Rehage, the founder/producer of Voodoo, said. “We are incredibly grateful to Metallica and their management team for supporting us in this unprecedented manner. I am sure Metallica’s performance at Voodoo will be remembered for many years to come.”
Also performing tonight are Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Avett Brothers and funk bassist Bootsy Collins.
For those who are unable to attend this year, have no fear. Voodoo has teamed up with Sony X Headphones to present a webstream for Saturday and Sunday’s performances. The stream will also include artist interviews, acoustic performances and a behind-the scenes look at New Orleans music, food and culture.
Click here for more information about the Voodoo Experience.