Tool and Arcade Fire to Headline 2016 Voodoo Experience
The festival, scheduled to be held Oct. 28-30 in New Orleans, packs in more than 65 bands over a three-day span, delivering Voodoo’s customary “musical gumbo stirring together music, art, community, cuisine and all the mystery and adventure that Halloween weekend in New Orleans conjures up.”
Along with Tool, Arcade Fire, and the Weeknd, the roster of 2016 Voodoo Experience performers includes Charles Bradley, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Puscifer, Band of Horses, Cage the Elephant, Foals, Die Antwoord, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Chairlift, Reignwolf, Lunice, and Wild Belle. Tickets are on sale now, with a three-day general admission pass going for $140; visit the official Voodoo Experience website for complete details.
Tool’s Voodoo appearance comes at the tail end of a recently announced mini-tour that’s scheduled to begin Oct. 22 in Sacramento and continue with stops in Salt Lake City (Oct. 24), Denver (Oct. 26), and Little Rock (Oct. 28). These dates follow a spate of U.S. shows delivered earlier in the year, and are sure to increase a decade’s worth of anticipation for the band’s long-gestating fifth studio album — not that it seems likely to be satisfied anytime soon. Speaking with the Press Enterprise recently, frontman Maynard James Keenan admitted, “We’ve found a common ground. We just can’t seem to move forward.”
Arcade Fire, meanwhile, remain at work on their follow-up to 2013’s Reflektor, which is currently scheduled for 2017. “We’re basically in the demo and play together phase,” frontman Win Butler said last fall. “Historically that’s led to realizing that, surprisingly, we’re 30 per cent into a record, so we’ll see if that happens.”
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