The organizers behind the annual Voodoo Music Experience festival — which invades New Orleans' City Park on October 28 and 29, attracting more than 50 rock and hip-hop acts, along with tens of thousands of music lovers — have added My Chemical Romance, the Wu-Tang Clan and the Flaming Lips to the expanding roster of artists who will grace the event's three stages.
The Voodoo Music Experience's eighth installment will also feature Social Distortion and the Kings of Leon. According to the festival's Web site, the lineup will continue to expand in the coming weeks as more artists are confirmed.
This year's Experience will be headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the first night, with Duran Duran set to close out the festivities. Other artists performing at the weekend event include Jack's Mannequin, Broken Social Scene, Secret Machines, Ozomatli, Blue October, Drive-By Truckers, Brazilian Girls, the Rentals, Ferry Corsten and Yerba Buena.
Last year's fest was the first major event held in the Crescent City in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which hit August 29. Instead of nixing the entire event, organizers originally announced that they'd move Voodoo to Memphis' Tom Lee Park. Soon after, they had a change of heart and decided to split the festival into two parts, with the first night's concert staged in New Orleans, and the second in Memphis (see "Voodoo Music Experience Returning To New Orleans For A Day").
The event boasted a bill that alternated national headliners — Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, H.I.M., the New York Dolls, the Bravery, Secret Machines, Digable Planets — with local favorites. Voodoo served as a tribute concert for relief workers, military personnel and others who helped to rebuild the battered Gulf Coast. Tickets were free, and Red Cross volunteers, firefighters, police and members of the National Guard turned out in force (see "Voodoo Fest, With Nine Inch Nails And QOTSA, Brings New Orleans What It Needs: Fun").
Weekend passes for 2006's Voodoo Music Experience are available through the festival's Web site.