Festival junkies, it’s about that time. Live Nation’s renowned New Orleans based Voodoo Experience is due to take Louisiana’s City Park by storm this Halloween weekend. Over the fest’s 15-year tenure Voodoo has showcased high-profile and diverse musical acts from around the world and this year is (of course) no different as 2014’s lineup comes in stacked with headliners such as Skrillex, Outkast, Pretty Lights, Zedd and more. In anticipation for the three-day musical extravaganza we’ve put together a list of RTT’s top 10 “must-see” acts at this year’s fest. Check them out below and stop by Voodoo if you’re in the Big Easy for Halloween.
Action Bronson is known for a lot of things. Maybe you know him from viral videos of the Queens rapper hurling stage-crashers off stage. Maybe you know him for his hilarious culinary show on Vice, “Fuck that’s Delicious” (A New Orleans episode was just released!). But above all else you probably know Bronson for his bars. The heavyweight rapper seems to have no problem going IN on anything, whether it be a beat from frequent-collaborator Harry Fraud or famed producer The Alchemist on Bronson’s acclaimed mixtape “Rare Chandeliers.” Peep Action Bronson Friday afternoon but don’t even thinking about rushing the stage.
Set Time: Friday 7:00 p.m @ Carnival Stage
Swedish producing duo Galantis, comprised of Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklow, have had an absolutely monster year ever since dropping their debut “Galantis” EP back in February. Thanks to a refreshing new take on progressive house music the two have quickly skyrocketed to EDM-stardom playing at decorated festivals like Coachella and having producers like Brillz and Kaskade remix their originals. If you’re a fan of the uplifting and euphoric vibes guys like Alesso, Calvin Harris, and Zedd bring to the table then this is an act you don’t want to sleep on this Friday.
Set Time: Friday 6:15 @ Le Plur Stage
If you’re not familiar with Manic Focus get to know him ASAP. The Chicago-based musician has been killing it for a while now, dropping a wide array of tracks ranging from soulful, hip-hop influenced electro records to hard-hitting melodic dubstep remixes. When it comes to genres this guy clearly just doesn’t care – and we love that. It’s anyone’s guess what kind of musical gold Manic will be dropping at the fest this weekend and there’s only one way to find out!
Set Time: Sunday 2 pm @ Le Plur Stage
Does anything really need to be said? It’s freaking Outkast: the six-time Grammy award winning southern hip-hop duo is arguably the most legendary and influential rap act in history. Big Boi and Andre 3000 have been blowing away festival crowds all summer performing various hits from their six highly-acclaimed studio albums – and Voodoo is next. Relive throwbacks like “Roses,” “Ms. Jackson,” “Hey Ya!,” and other Outkast classics Friday night as the OG ATL rappers headline the Ritual Stage.
Set Time: Friday 9:20 p.m. @ Ritual Stage
Combining elements of 90’s R&B, pop, and modern house, Le Youth is a DJ you don’t want to miss if you’re trying to get real funky at this year’s Voodoo. Hailing from LA, house producer Wes James has been blowing up thanks to his intoxicating high-profile remixes, from Disclosure’s “Voices” to “Ride” by the lovely Lana Del Rey. Le Youth’s clean production and catchy hooks will have you vibing all Friday afternoon long.
Set Time: Friday 4:15 @ Le Plur Stage
If you didn’t see a bangin’ trap set, did you really go to Voodoo? Atlanta producer Hayden Kramer aka Herobust is known for his high energy “hybrid” trap & twerk records and will no doubt be bringing the bass to “Le Plur” stage on Sunday afternoon. Being one of the very few true trap & bass acts coming to the festival, this is one you definitely don’t want to sleep on. Peep his most recent collaboration below, a massive house anthem “Pump This” with OWSLA producer Snails.
Set Time: Sunday 4 p.m. @ Le Plur Stage
Rally your crew and make it Voodoo early on Sunday for this guy. Trust us. Lindsay Lowend has been absolutely destroying genre boundaries recently with his compellingly experimental and unique production. Ranging from video game nostalgia to hard hitting hip-hop instrumentals, Lowend embodies the kind of musical diversity every producer strives for. We had the privilege of seeing him go to work at this year’s Lollapalooza and the guy knows how to throw a live set!
Set time: Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.
Seeing Griz perform isn’t your regular DJ set; it’s a full-on experience. Hailing from the infamous D-town this guy has essentially crafted his own sub-genre in EDM by combining an amalgamation of genres from soul, to jazz, to electro and more. His live shows are just as diverse as his productions as it includes various live instruments Griz plays himself. EDM heads of all types can expect to get down with what this talented musician has to offer.
Set time: Sunday 5:00 p.m. @ Le Plur Stage
We all know the name Flux Pavilion; It’s like EDM-101. The modern day dubstep pioneer has had crowds screaming “I CAN’T STOP!” since early 2010. Now, Flux has completely reinvented his style showcasing both incredibly infectious future bass remixes as well as large-sounding trap anthems. Of course, the dubstep influence we all know and love is still there! Catch Flux right before Skrillex on Saturday at Le Plur stage.
Set Time: Saturday 7:45 @ Le Plur Stage
It shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that the OWSLA boss man and international DJ & producer Skrillex landed on this list. Coming fresh off of his infamous Mothership Tour, Sonny is renowned for his high-energy performances and genre shattering sets. With the headlining slot on Saturday, it’s without a question that Skrilley is going to d-d-d-drop the bass and kill it like he always does.
Set Time: Saturday 9:00 p.m @ Le Plur Stage