10 Artists to Catch at Voodoo Festival 2015

This Halloween, Verge will be joining the Voodoo ritual.

The 2015 Voodoo music festival is a three day adventure into the art, music, and culture of New Orleans. Taking place in historic City Park, this American festival is growing vastly in popularity. Past Voodoo headliners have included Metallica, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Calvin Harris, and other festival giants.

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Voodoo 2015 is shaping up to be just as massive as years past. With headlining sets from Florence + The Machine, Ozzy Osbourne and Jack Ü, music lovers of every genre are sure to find a must-see set.

With less than three weeks to go until the festivities, we can hardly keep ourselves still from the excitement. In preparation for the weekend, we’ve been taking a look at the top ten sets we can’t wait to see.

1. Florence + The Machine

Florence Welch will be bringing her feel-good indie rock and Baroque arrangements to the main stage at Voodoo this year. Following the release of her new album and stellar performances at Coachella and Bonnaroo this year, this headliner is a must-see for the weekend. We can’t wait to see what the “Queen of Peace” has in store for us.

2. Jack Ü

Besides the irresistibly catchy tune “Where Are Ü Now,” the Skrillex & Diplo collaboration – Jack Ü – gave us an impressive debut album. The EDM giants behind the tracks are known for their infectious energy on stage, and putting the two of them together is sure to be a hit with the festival crowds.

3. Modest Mouse

The “Float On” singers are still riding the wave of their latest album Strangers to Ourselves. These guys are sure to set the tone for the perfect weekend ahead with their Friday night performance. We’re most excited to hear their 2014 single “Lampshades on Fire.”

4. Alesso

Since collaborating with big names like Calvin Harris and OneRepublic, this Swedish producer has come onto the EDM scene in a blaze. After the success of his summer smash hit “Heroes,” his debut album Forever has set the bar high for his live performances. Catch him Friday night at the Le PLUR stage at Voodoo.

5. Chance The Rapper

Chicago R&B artist Chance the Rapper is bringing his cheeky rhymes and retro jazz beats to New Orleans for his Sunday afternoon set. Sandwiched between the brooding July Talk and the easy listening of Zac Brown Band, there’s sure to be a variety of young Voodoo-ers at the Altar stage for the final sets of the weekend.

6. Santigold

We’re not exactly sure what to label this dynamic front woman’s sound. It’s a little bit indie reggae, a little bit electro and a lot of epic. With some of her tracks appearing on big name soundtracks like The Hunger Games and Paper Towns, we’re guessing Miss Santi White is R&B’s next big thing.

7. ZHU

The mysterious artist ZHU remains virtually invisible – besides his amazing trance tracks. Since first coming onto the scene with his Outkast mix “Moves Like Ms. Jackson” he’s released a few other house favorites like 2014’s “Faded.” We finally get to meet the man behind the music Saturday night at the Carnival Stage.

8. Django Django

This London art pop quartet will be making an appearance at the Flambeau stage Saturday night. Fans of Hot Chip and The Big Pink won’t want to miss these guys’ psychedelic synth sound. We’ll be listening to their newly released Born Under the Saturn to prepare for the funky performance.

9. The Joy Formidable

The Guardian hails this  garage rock group as “darkly joyous soft-loud racket.” With spunky female vocals and perfectly scuzzy guitars, The Joy Formidable is electro-punk with a pop flair. Catch them early in the day on Friday for a feisty start to your weekend.

10. Duke Dumont

After the success of the summer house track “I Got U” in 2014, this British producer has gotten in the habit of cranking out feel-good EDM anthems that unite crowds around the festival scene. Catch him Saturday night before heading over to the Altar for Ozzy Osbourne’s show.

Let us know if you’ll be joining us at Voodoo Festival this year, and tell us who you’re most excited about seeing this Halloween!

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