The Voodoo Music + Art Experience 2014 had a strong balance of differing musicians and trends across it’s many stages and three-day run. While the festival hosted a clear EDM headliner (Skrillex), organizers opted to keep this still increasingly popular sound to its own exclusive area - the Le Plur Stage. Electro-audience grabbers Zedd and Pretty Lights showcased their talents here as well, complete with all the bells and whistles. The main stage (Ritual Stage) headliners were Artic Monkeys, Outcast, and Foo Fighters. The Foo’s ended up bringing the biggest crowds of the fest.
As for the rest of the line-up, most of the festivals golden nuggets were to be found on the smaller Flambeau Stage was host to Manchester Orchestra NOLA up-and-comer Benjamin Booker. The Carnival stage was host to Gogol Bordello, Bleachers, and The World/Inferno Friendship Society, all of which gave some of the most energetic performances of the fest.
The vast amount of talent wasn’t only on the national level, but also showcased a heavy local presence as well. Local acts played on all the stages, most notably Unicorn Fukr on the Le Plur stage, Royal Teeth and Trombone Shorty on the Ritual Stage, Marchfourth Marching Band and Big Freeda on the Carnival Stage; a slew of others were represented on the Flambeau Stage, including Givers, Bonerama, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and recently nationally signed The Revivalists.
Voodoo prides itself on being the festival alternative, and this year’s fest kept with that notion. Art installments and carnival rides throughout the grounds helped maintain the cultural and inspirational foundations that inspired the festival. The imaginative nods to the city are a fun reminder of where you are.
You can see Steve’s extended gallery of Voodoo 2014 coverage here.