Still hesitant about jumping into the music festival scene? Don’t be. Here’s how and why the 2016 Voodoo Fest helped ease me into it — and why you should totally check it out next year!
First things first: music festivals scare me. There are so many people crammed into one space for a long period of time and that really stresses my inner introvert out. I’m a New York City girl, and if I really wanted to be surrounded by sweaty people for three days straight I would set up camp in Times Square. I know it’s unusual for a millennial to be so anti-festivals, but I’ve managed quite well… until now.
I am proud to say that I have finally attended my first real music festival, the Voodoo Arts + Music Experience, in New Orleans, Louisiana over Halloween weekend 2016. I was invited by my friends at Funyuns to check it out and thought, why not? I might as well see what I’ve been missing out on — if I was missing out on anything at all. Even I am surprised to see myself say that not only did I have a really, really good time… but I’m already looking into doing another one soon!
So if you’re a little festival hesitant like I was, let me explain why Voodoo was the perfect match for a newcomer. For starters, the festival does not limit itself to one genre. While I was thrilled to see some of my faves perform (The Weeknd, G-Eazy, The Chainsmokers) I was also introduced to some pretty incredible music, including the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, Reignwolf, and Gramatik. On top of that, I was really happy to see that the festival was just that — a festival. There were carnival rides, dozens of different food vendors, free water spouts, and more bars than I could count. High profile brands and vendors were scarce, which left little to no distractions from the music and allowed for a really chill vibe that didn’t feel like it had totally sold out. One of my favorite spots was obviously the Funyuns tent, where not only were festival goers able to find some relief from the heat but there was also a really fun gif-maker booth to play with! Oh, and of course all the Funyuns you could eat, which was pretty great considering the amount of alcohol that was being consumed. Always remember to snack while drinking, people!
However, the real catch for Voodoo Festival was the city itself: New Orleans. Nothing beats Halloween weekend in NOLA, and thanks to some pretty chill festival hours my group and I were allowed to go exploring in our down time. We took a cooking class at Langlois where we learned to make crepes, went on a ghost tour that was half creepy and half history lesson, and we were able to experience Bourbon Street on one of it’s busiest weekends. Although crowded, I have to say that the vibe of Bourbon Street is infectious. It’s as if the pavement itself comes alive beneath you, and even as you are bobbing and weaving through foot traffic you can’t help but feel the excitement running through your veins.
So, if you’re looking to give the festival thing a try, I have to recommend Voodoo Music + Arts Experience when it returns in 2017. You’ll start off hesitant and nervous, but by the end of the weekend you’ll be dreading leaving behind what was one of the most incredible weekends of your life!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Have YOU ever been to Voodoo Fest? Are you hoping to check it out in 2016? Comment below!