The Voodoo Fest Lineup Two Weeks Later
Now that we have had a chance to contemplate the Voodoo Fest lineup for a minute, let’s take a look at what we can expect from The Ritual this year. Like just about any festival, the headliners this year are a scattershot of genres designed to draw in the largest possible crowd. Florence + The Machine are riding high this summer after being tapped to fill in for an injured Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters at Glastonbury. It is unfortunate that the members of Black Sabbath cannot put their differences aside long enough to give us a proper tour. That being said, the combination of Ozzy, Geezer Butler, Tom Morello and Slash should be a pretty potent force. I’ll be interested to see if how deep they go into the Sabbath catalogue or if Ozzy’s solo work will ultimately win the day. It is always good to see Jane’s Addiction on the lineup. Perry Farrell basically invented the modern music festival with the establishment of Lollapalooza in 1991. If anyone is at home in this scene it is he. These folks all join a field that contains Jack Ü, Zac Brown Band and Deadmau5.
Of course, the real meat of any festival is in the raft of supporting acts that hold the various stages for most of the day. The goal is to keep the momentum building up to that moment the headliner hits the stage. With such a disparate group of closers, the fans are going to bring a lot of competing interests into the grounds. The organizers of Voodoo Fest have done a pretty excellent job of building this year’s lineup to provide a bit of something for everyone. They have also booked several excellent young crossover acts and a few stalwarts to lead the way.
I am quite excited to see acts like Hundred Waters, Django Django, Joywave and Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas on this list. Each of these younger bands has released an outstanding new record in the last year. These are the performances that make music festivals work, when fans lured by one headliner or another happen into a stunning performance by a band of which they were completely unaware.
Additionally, Voodoo has continued to do a great job of incorporating local talent into their lineup. Local alt pop ensemble TYSSON will be there along with Houma based guitar outfit Baby Bee. These are a couple of acts that have done an excellent job breaking free of the expected southern Louisiana or New Orleans sound to emerge on the national scene.
Finally, I loved seeing Babes In Toyland on this list. Their 1992 record Fontanelle hit at a seminal moment for me and I cannot wait to see them back on a stage after almost 15 years.
On the whole, I think we are in store for an excellent Ritual this year. At first glance, the lineup may seem a bit weird, but the individual pieces fit together in excellent ways. We’ll see you in the park.
To Listen This Week
Bully did a scorching cover of Belle and Sebastian’s “Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying” via CoS.
The Watkins Family Hour released another track from their upcoming covers record. This time it is the Grateful Dead’s “Brokedown Palace” via Soundcloud.
The Talkhouse Podcase has Courtney Barnett and the Breeder’s/Pixies’ Kim Deal interviewing each other. This is fantastic.
To Do This Week
It’s July 4th weekend so that means Essence Fest. Don’t miss Erykah Badu on Saturday or Kendrick Lamar on Sunday. On Monday EZTV will be opening for Jacco Gardner at One Eyed Jacks. Gardner has just released his excellent new record Hypnophobia. This album has continued his exploration of the 60s psych sound with distinctly contemporary accents. He will be accompanied by EZTV, who will be releasing their debut LP Calling Out on July 10th. The link between these two records is at once immediately clear. Both performances share a dedication to bringing a heritage sound into a contemporary space without losing the playfulness of the original spirit. This will be an outstanding show.