Friday was the first day on this year’s Voodoo Music and Arts Experience. The festival grounds at City Park in New Orleans were transformed and ready to begin a weekend full of music.

The first thing that was noticeable upon arrival were the changes that have been made to Voodoo’s overall set up. Not only had the entry way been moved to a new spot, but it was larger and more intricate than past years. Security and ticket check in were streamlined and entry was easy.

The stages had been moved, and some of them renamed. The Pepsi stage was directly inside the entrance. Guests were greeted with The Breton Sound opening the Pepsi stage, and they got their crowd going with straight forward blues rock. They ended their set with a cover of The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and had the whole crowd singing along.

Active Bird Community and Seratones both took to the South Corse stage early in the day. Both drew a large crowd and kept them engaged their whole sets. Sonny Alvin and The Cheat Codes were the first to take the Le Plur stage, and set the groovy tone for the rest of the day.

Bear Hands opened the Altar stage and were followed by New Orleans natives Mutemath. Both brought a mix of electronic beats and rock soul, just in different ways. Mutemath’s drummer Darren King duct taped his headphones to his head and was ready for the ride they would take their audience on.
A huge variety of different acts took the stages for the rest of the day. Chairlift, Wild Belle, and Reignwolf performed at South Course. Lunice, Lost Kings, and Porter Robinson took Le Plur. While NF, Mayer Hawthorne, and Tory Lanez played the Pepsi stage.

As the day was winding down, G Eazy took to the Altar stage dressed as the Joker. He immediately started getting the crowd pumped for the rest of the night. He had his audience jumping and dancing, and there was a roar of applause when he started the first verse of “FTD.”

G Eazy was opening for the night’s main headliner, The Weeknd. He opened his set with “The Hills,” and it didn’t take long for his audience to get excited. Along with his own hits, he sprinkled in some covers like “Low Life” by Future and “Crew Love” by Drake. He closed with “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Starboy,” and thus the first day of the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience came to a close.

Photo by Emily Brauner.

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