I asked on Facebook who people thought would play the Voodoo Music + Arts Festival, and while others put their money on Childish Gambino, I bet on Florence + the Machine. Those who bet on Childish Gambino were right and I was wrong.
[Updated] Saturday night at Voodoo was supposed to be about Arctic Monkeys, who were headlining the festival to the surprise of everyone except all the people who showed up for them. When the first talent lineup was rolled out, their name on the bill prompted speculation that Skrillex would be the first EDM artist to headline Voodoo’s main stage.
Certain things are reliable at The Voodoo Music Experience; one is a front coming through followed by a precipitous temperature drop. Friday was beautiful with clear blue skies until the front came through with a bluster--not so good for all the scantiliy costumed festgoers; great for hoodie sales.
[Updated] When the Voodoo Music Experience announced its headliners for this year's event on the Halloween weekend, OutKast didn't seem like quite as exciting a choice since reviews of their reunion show at Coachella were tepid.
This year's Voodoo Music Experience takes place in City Park in three weeks, with OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, and Foo Fighters headlining. While the top of the Voodoo marquee is usually well known, the middle of the day can throw some curve balls. With that in mind, My Spilt Milk's Stephanie Chen has put together a Spotify playlist to help you know who's playing and what they're about.
[Updated] There has been a lot of speculation about who was the Voodoo Music Experience's third headliner on its Ritual Stage. Foo Fighters and Outkast were obvious, but after that it wasn't obvious. The last time Arctic Monkeys played the area, it was a show at the Varsity in Baton Rouge last year, but this summer they've been headlining festivals including Lollapalooza.