(PRESS RELEASE) As the line-up for the eighth annual VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE continues to be revealed, Wu-Tang Clan, The Flaming Lips, My Chemical Romance, Social Distortion, Kings of Leon, Ozomatli, Secret Machines, Blue October, Brazilian Girls, Ferry Corsten, Broken Social Scene, Drive-By Truckers, Jack’s Mannequin, Yerba Buena and The Rentals are the latest performers to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Duran Duran. Stay tuned for news about additional acts to be added in the coming months, including a special Louisiana element featuring and honoring the music of the region.
The annual New Orleans celebration is set to take place over its traditional Halloween weekend (Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29) and music fans can once again look forward to a diverse line-up of talent reflecting the multitude of cultures which define the city. This year’s marks not only the return of the two-day musical convergence to New Orleans, but the return of the event to its rightful home in City Park, after being displaced and relocated by last year’s hurricanes.
The festival site–located just miles from New Orleans’ famed French-Quarter–will feature six performance areas and a theatric VIP LOA Lounge complete with full-bar service and other special amenities. Doors will open at 9:00 AM on both days with music commencing at 11:00 AM. Free parking is available at multiple locations adjacent to the venue. For those looking for alternate means of transportation, street car and bus schedules along with route information is available at www.norta.com. Additionally, shuttles will be available from two downtown locations and also from Baton Rouge. For additional shuttles details, go to the Travel Section at www.voodoomusicfest.com.
Last year’s VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE in Audubon Park served as the first large-scale event to take place in New Orleans, just two short months after Hurricane Katrina. It marked the return of live music to a city looking to recover in the months following the devastation. This year’s return to City Park marks a vote of faith for the historic location where the VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE was launched in 1999. City Park–a 150-year-old New Orleans institution–is currently awaiting funding to return the historic park to its pre-hurricane glory. A portion of this year’s ticket sales will be donated to City Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.
"Last year, I personally experienced, along with the crowd, the tremendous lifting of spirits as Voodoo celebrated the return of live music to our devastated but unbroken city just two months to the day after Katrina," said New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin. "It took a miraculous effort to pull together the event considering what the city had just gone through…but it was exactly what we needed and I welcome the return of one of New Orleans’ signature musical events."
Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu stated, "This marks another milestone in Louisiana’s rebirth. Drawing thousands of visitors, Voodoo will generate revenue to fund our city’s recovery. We’re happy to be a part of something that brings people from across the country together to not only hear some great music, but to also experience the culture of New Orleans–or what we call the Soul of America."
Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, former councilwoman of District C–who last year presented the VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE with a proclamation and key to the city–added:? "Once again I applaud the ability of Voodoo to persevere. It’s important that the people of New Orleans–and beyond–continue to celebrate the traditions that make this city what it is."