(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Organizers for the Voodoo Music Experience, originally set to take place in New Orleans’ City Park on Halloween weekend October 29-30, are hard at work on a relocation plan for the 2005 event. Developments currently in progress are a new festival site and city as well as a shift in ambition, as Voodoo aspires to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The goal of this year’s event, will be to raise funds for supporting those in need and to aid in the rebuilding and preservation of the culture and heritage of New Orleans, which has served as home to Voodoo for the past six years.
“We want to be a part of the rebuilding process of New Orleans and we are dedicated to preserving the unique musical identity of our great city,” says Stephen Rehage, founder and independent producer of the annual Voodoo Music Experience. “I am in awe of the generosity and kindness of so many people and cities who are reaching out to provide us a home for this year’s festival, the artists who are offering to perform and our fans and sponsors who are providing their continued support and patience during this difficult time. We look forward to harnessing this energy into something truly great for this community that so many of us, our friends and family call home.”
Original tickets will be honored; however, refunds are available by phone or at any Ticketmaster location. As for next year’s event, the goal is to return to Voodoo’s hometown of New Orleans. –Bon Grossweiner and Jane Cohen