The 2010 Voodoo Experience: Superstars & The Unsung Heroes
A fourth stage, Le Plur: Presented by Billboard.com played host to dance/electronic and DJ sets from an eclectic bunch of artists. Hot Chip's incredible set featured a stage full of talented musicians surrounding core members Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor, bringing out the hits like "Boy From School" and "Over and Over." Internationally renowned DJ Paul Oakenfold took to the stage like a gang of one, accompanied by strobe lights and a throbbing audience who pulsated to the beats. Other highlights include performances by deadmau5; Innerpartysystem, The Crystal Method (DJ Set) and Paul Van Dyk. The faithful who assembled at this stage on each of the three days of the festival did so to dance and express themselves by giving in to the feeling and letting the music take them away. It is quite possible that many of the fans who came to the Le Plur stage stayed there for the entire festival.
In addition to the acts appearing on the secondary stages a "marching band" called the Noisican Coalition roamed the grounds each day providing the attendees with a New Orleans-influenced second line, back-beat percussive delight created by a mixture of handmade instruments as well as modified horns, drums and household objects. The musical mélange produced by this rag-tag ensemble was a treat for both the ears and eyes that could only have been created in New Orleans. Another festival quirk that generated word-of-mouth as well as a number of gawkers was the fire-breathing robot that paraded up and down the festival's paved roads playing a funky trance and techno loop.
A New Orleans institution, The Voodoo Experience has played host to approximately 600 acts. Past performers include Green Day, The New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, Nine Inch Nails, R.E.M., 311, Stone Temple Pilots, Duran Duran, Kid Rock, Panic! At The Disco, Wilco, Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Lil Wayne, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kissas well as New Orleans' own Cowboy Mouth, The Meters and Dr. John. Voodoo Fest founder and producer Stephen Rehage has said that it is his ambition to have David Bowie and Tom Waits play the festival as well. Each year he extends an offer to both artists. Next year? Who knows? It'll be interesting to see who it'll be when the line-up is announced. See you in New Orleans for Halloween Weekend 2011 (October 28-30) and The Voodoo Experiencethe 13th Ritual (a very scary number)!
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