The 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is coming up soon, which means that people from around the city are a-buzz with excitement over all of the great musicians coming to town. Artists from around the globe conglomerate on Halloween weekend, leaving festival-goers with a multitude of options in terms of who to see. However, much like with Jazz Fest, it always comes down to a matter of choice in regards to who to go see when two great artists are playing at the same time. It happened in 2010 when My Morning Jacket closed out the festival on the main stage while Deadmau5 was playing at the electro stage. So, with so many people to choose from, Where Y’at is here to help you decide.
Friday October 28: The Weeknd vs. Porter Robinson
Two of the hottest names in music playing at the same time on the same night. Porter Robinson was named MTV’s artist of the year in 2015, establishing the 24-year-old as one of the up-and-coming artists in music today. The Weeknd has become one of the most recognizable artists in the world with hits like “Can’t Feel My Face” and the Oscar-nominated “Earned It.” Both are newer artists who will most certainly travel to New Orleans again, so who to go see? If you’re looking for a higher energy performance, then perhaps Robinson is more your taste, but with several awards in his trophy case and a song on every radio station, I’d say The Weeknd is your better bet.
Verdict: The Weeknd
Saturday, October 29: Tool vs. Die Antwoord
One of the most famous hard rock groups of all time pitted against one of the biggest acts of the past five years. Tool is a three-time Grammy-winning group, up there with Metallica as one of the biggest names in metal and hard rock, and known for their live performances. Die Antwoord has risen up the charts the last few years, going from playing small South African shows to touring around the world with their combination of electronic beats and rap style. Neither group is known to visit often, so if you’re a hug fan of one more than the other, then go with your gut. However, Tool’s live performances have been known as one of their biggest staples since their inception. Younger people may be more familiar with Die Antwoord’s music, but I’d highly recommend picking Tool, as you never know when you’ll get another shot.
Sunday October 30: Arcade Fire vs. The Chainsmokers
One of the most critically acclaimed acts of the last decade against one of the hottest groups of the past year. Arcade Fire has received critical and commercial acclaim for their work over the years, with people focused on their versatility and combination of different musical styles and instruments. The Chainsmokers have taken to the charts the last year with hits such as “Roses” and “Closer,” gathering a following not just of electro fans, but music enthusiasts in general. Both artists are sure to put on a brilliant live show, so who to go with, then? Though Arcade Fire has the larger following and fan base, lead singer Win Butler frequents New Orleans quite a bit and Arcade Fire has made appearances at Voodoo Fest and Jazz Fest before, so there will be more opportunities to see them. However, Arcade Fire has been listed by several outlets as one of the greatest bands of the 2000’s, and that is an act not to be missed.