Fans of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience will have to wait a while longer before the festival returns to New Orleans.
On Friday, organizers confirmed in an announcement on social media and on the festival’s website that the event would not take place this year, calling it a “pause”.
New Orleans’ main spring festivals – the Jazz & Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival and the BUKU Music + Art Project – all returned in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Essence Festival of Culture is slated for an in-person return the first weekend in July.
The Voodoo Fest is an annual festival held in the city park featuring national and local artists. It attracts a crowd of young people from the city and surrounding areas and is usually held on Halloween weekend.
Organizers did not give a reason for the cancellation, but said further updates would be posted on social media. The last festival was held in October 2019, five months before the pandemic halted.
Voodoo was on the rise before the coronavirus pandemic. Total attendance for the three-day 20th anniversary in 2018, which featured Mumford & Sons, Travis Scott, Janelle Monae and the Arctic Monkeys, was reportedly 180,000. This represents a 20% increase from the 150,000 totals in 2016 and 2017, and an even bigger jump from previous years, The Times Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.
Neither Don Kelly, who has served as Voodoo’s manager for the past few years, nor a spokesperson for C3 Presents, the event’s producer, had responded to messages seeking comment on the 2022 cancellation and what it might. mean for the future of the festival.
One person disappointed by Voodoo’s disappearance is Jeff Borne, whose company runs the Mortuary Haunted House, and for several years gave the festival its Halloween flavor, the newspaper reported.
Being involved with Voodoo “has been a great experience,” Borne said. “It’s one of our favorite activities. We are disappointed that this is not happening this year.
Its fall will be exceptionally calm. The Scream Park, a spooky, alternative amusement park his company produced on City Park’s Scout Island, will not be returning. Instead, it will focus on the morgue, which opens in September, and then wait to see if Voodoo returns from the dead in 2023.
“I hope so,” Borne said. “It means a lot to New Orleans. But overall, it’s not that important for C3 and Live Nation.