NEW ORLEANS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Duran Duran will headline the eighth annual Voodoo Music Experience, set to take place over its traditional Halloween weekend, and return to its rightful home in New Orleans’ City Park after being displaced by last year’s hurricanes.
Other bands already slated to perform include the 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.
The festival site, located just miles from New Orleans’ famous 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, October 28th and 29th, with music commencing at 11:00 AM.
Last year’s Voodoo Music Experience, moved to nearby Audubon Park, served as the first large-scale event to be held in New Orleans after the hurricanes, just two short months after Hurricane Katrina swept through the city. This year’s return to City Park, a 150-year old New Orleans institution, marks a vote of faith for the historic location where the Experience was first launched in 1999. 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,” New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin said in a statement. “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.” –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers