The sense of time turns anything into everything and everything into nothing depending on life’s humor. A year can feel like a lifetime and three days can turn in an amazing blur, a colorful one filled with great food, amazing people and great music: that’s how it felt to wait 365 days for my second Voodoo Experience. And on its 15th anniversary edition, the experience itself felt far from familiar and became another unique momentum in festival history.
Familiar faces from past editions like country rockers Coyotes, local legend George Porter Jr., local prides Royal Teeth and The Revivalists made a back to back appearance this edition; hip-hop and electronic sensations of the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Calvin Harris, Afrojack and Bassnectar turned each night into their own ceiling less club; rock and roll and both its softer, harder and delightfully strange sub-genres took shape among the likes of Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Billy Squier, New Found Glory and Alkaline Trio. Women left a heavier vocal and performing impression this Halloween weekend with the help of Paramore’s Hayley Williams, seductive Ruby Amanfu, the always great Leslie Blackshear Smith, the fun and unapologetic ZZ Ward, back to back Voodoo performers Brittany Hölljes and Elizabeth Hopkins of Delta Rae, the impossible vocal range of L.P. and half of Matt & Kim. There were also odd – in a good way – surprises, like the unexpected puppet and musical show from Quintron and Miss Pussycat or the classical’ized covers by the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra, other more traditional were provided by The Weeks, Big Gigantic, Moon Taxi, Leopold & His Fiction and many more, but we’ll show you the images to get you an idea and get into details in our Voodoo Experience 2013 review. Join along with us to this 15th anniversary ritual!
Photos taken, and article written, by Jorge Mendicuti
OurVinyl | Senior Writer & Photographer