Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex to headline 2014 Voodoo Fest


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NEW ORLEANS — Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex and Arctic Monkeys are slated to headline the 2014 Voodoo Fest in New Orleans' City Park this Halloween weekend.

Organizers say those acts will join Zedd, Pretty Lights, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Slayer, Awolnation, Rise Against, Flux Pavilion, Fedde Le Grand, Gogol Bordello, Death From Above 1979, City And Colour and dozens more from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1ip4bBL) Louisiana artists headed to the festival's stages include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Big Freedia, Givers, the Rebirth Brass Band, Royal Teeth, Bonerama, Soul Rebels, the Honey Island Swamp Band, Quinton and Miss Pussycat, Naughty Professor and St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus.

The 2014 Voodoo Fest will be the first to be fully planned, booked and staged by Live Nation Entertainment.

Last year, Voodoo founder/producer Stephen Rehage sold a majority stake in the festival to Live Nation, the world's largest producer of live entertainment; the company includes both Ticketmaster and the House of Blues chain. Rehage also became the president of Live Nation's North American festivals division. Thus, he still oversees Voodoo, along with members of his team from Rehage Entertainment.

The 2014 Voodoo show is something of a makeup date for Foo Fighters: The band was booked for the 2005 festival, but withdrew after Hurricane Katrina forced organizers to stage a small, free version of the festival alongside the Mississippi River.

The band also spent a week in New Orleans in May as part of its "Sonic Highways" recording and film project. The Foo Fighters traveled to eight different cities, writing and recording a song in each while interacting with local musicians. Foo frontman Dave Grohl is directing an HBO series about the project.

In New Orleans, he and his band rented out Preservation Hall for a week. The band threw open the venue's front doors and played a surprise 90-minute show to a crowd that shut down St. Peter Street.

A Foo Fighters tour was inevitable.

OutKast, the Atlanta hip-hop duo which reunited last year, and the New Orleans stop is part of their ongoing festival tour. Skrillex, one of electronic dance music's stars, performed at the 2012 Voodoo Fest.

Three-day general admission passes, available starting Friday, June 27 at http://www.worshipthemusic.com, are $150 plus service charges. Single-day tickets are currently not available.

Three-day Loa VIP passes are $350; a Loa pass with parking is $400.

The Rites of Passage "Super VIP" pass for two people, which includes access to some backstage areas and other amenities, is $2,000 before June 27, or $2,500 starting June 27

Last year, Voodoo offered a variety of on-site camping options. This year, only a "luxury camping" option is available.

The "Camp Voodoo" package for two is $3,000 before June 27, or $3,500 starting on June 27. It includes "artist credentials" to access some backstage areas, as well as a pre-built safari tent with beds, linens, furniture, carpet, electricity, reserved parking, showers, bathrooms, 24-hour security, breakfast and late-night snacks.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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