By Rande Archer
Ready your costumes and your eardrums as the Big Easy’s prestigious Voodoo prepares to return with the spooks and scares of Halloween weekend. Here is a list of highlights to look out for from the recently announced line-up.
Florence + The Machine
Hailing from across the pond, London-based Florence Welch and her band will be gracing the stage for the opening night. Known for her songs such as “Dog Days Are Over” and “Shake It Out,” the Welch recently came out with a new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful earlier this year in May.
A collaborative duo of American electronic dance music artist Diplo and dubstep artist Skrillex, who released their debut album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü in February of this year.
This Washington native band joins Voodoo with hits such as “Float On” and “Dashboard.” Modest Mouse also released an album earlier this year in March titled Strangers to Ourselves.
Digital mashup and sampling DJ Gregg Michael Gillis hails from Cleveland. Starting his career as a sound engineer he now produces music. His latest album All Day was released in 2010, and his latest EP came out last year.
Ozzy Osbourne featuring Geezer Butler, Tom Morello, & Slash
Rocking out on Halloween night is a power combo of Black Sabbath lead singer and stageman Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath main lyricist and bassist Geezer Butler, Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom “The Nightwatchman” Morello, and the top hat sporting lead Guns & Roses guitarist Saul “Slash” Hudson.
The California alternative rock pioneer band who started the alt rock festival “Lollapalooza” with their initial farewell in 1991 will reunite once again on the stage. After a series of breakups with various members, the band has reformed with its original lineup for new recordings and touring.
Electronic music artist and Philly native Santi White is known for her mezzo-soprano voice coupled with an electronic style compared to M.I.A. Her latest album Master of My Make-Believe was released in 2012.
A British DJ and “deep house” artist, Dumont has seen recent fame a rise on British singles charts with his hit singles Need U (100%), I Got U, and Won’t Look Back. Yet to release a full title album, Dumont has released several EPs including his latest one EP1 back in September.
The iconic mouse masked Canadian progressive-house and electronic artist is set to be one of the closing acts for Voodoo. Known for songs such as Ghosts & Stuff, Strobe, and The Veldt, deadmau5 released his latest album while(1<2) back in June of last year.
Zac Brown Band
An Atlanta-based country and southern rock band, Zac Brown Band is also helping close out Voodoo festival Sunday night. With hits such as Chicken Fried, Toes, and Knee Deep, expect a southern twang for the closing night.
Chance the Rapper
Chicago native rapper Chancelor Bennett (a.k.a. Chance the Rapper) joins the foray of closers Sunday night with a hip hop flavor. Chance has recently found fame with his breakthrough album Surf, which was released this May.
A Swedish DJ based out of California and known for his hit single Call on Me, Prydz will bring an additional electronic act to the stage on closing night. With an upcoming album set to release this October, Pyrdz performed live last year with a dazzling laser and hologram display at his “EPIC 3.0” show.