Festivals are returning to New Orleans this year and October is packed every weekend with fests that didn't get their chance to shine over the course of the pandemic. But one festival known for its yearly City Park Halloween weekend celebrations will not be returning this year. Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has announced that it will be making its grand return to the festival scene in 2022 instead of 2021.
Voodoo has been a staple in the New Orleans festival scene since 1999 when it was just one day with three stages in Tad Gormley Stadium. Today, the festival is known for its three days of celebrations, always during Halloween weekend, featuring local musicians, indie performers, and performers from the mainstream. Although there won't be a Voodoo Music + Arts Experience this year, past performers have ranged from Post Malone and Eminem to My Chemical Romance and Duran Duran.
Past Voodoo attendees didn't just have the opportunity to listen to great musicians. Because of its unique position as a Halloween weekend festival, many attendees used the event as an excuse to dress in elaborate costumes and there were always different displays for photo ops, often spookily themed. Enjoying the festival itself has grown into something as exciting as watching the musicians perform over the years. But, this year, fans of Voodoo will just have to enjoy Halloween weekend outside of the bounds of a fest.
When Voodoo announced on social media that it wouldn't be returning in 2021, it didn't give fest fans a detailed reason.
"As our city reopens with an abundance of events to reconnect with, we look forward to holding our reunion when we can fully embrace the Voodoo experience," according to Voodoo's website and Twitter.
Those with tickets to the event should have received an email within 24 hours of Voodoo's announcement with information about refunds and rollover to the 2022 experience.