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If you’re a NOLA native like me, then you’re currently excited about one or both things: 1. the fact that it’s Halloween in the city of voodoo and/or 2. that today is day 1 of Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. If you’ve been following my blog, then you’ve seen my previous Music Festival Rundown on Voodoo and know that this is one of my favorites. Not only is the fest held in the city I call home, but during a holiday that is considered a favorite amongst the New Orleanians – Halloween!

Compared to other festivals, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience takes the cake as far as costuming is concerned. If you’re a local, you don’t just have 1 Halloween costume… you at least have 3… maybe 4 (guilty here)! Just like the wide variety in costumes that will be seen at Voodoo, the demographic of attendees will range drastically. This is large in part due to the well-rounded lineup curated by Live Nation and C3 Presents. From heavy metal to soothing R&B, you can take your pick of just about any genre.

In recent news, a lot of talk has been centered around this year’s schedule. The majority of EDM acts are booked Friday, leaving a few conflicts if that’s your preferred genre. Personally, if it weren’t for Gryffin playing an after-party show at Metro on Friday I’d be stuck in a pickle having to choose between his set and RÜFÜS DU SOL. The biggest upset we’re all still grieving over is the recent cancellation of headliner, Childish Gambino. Not going to lie, I shed a tear or 2 as this was the one artist I wanted to see this year. Still recovering from an injury on tour, Childish Gambino backed out and was instantly replaced by Travis Scott. Although selfishly I’m more of a fan of CG’s music, Travis Scott is by far the best substitute. This is been the year for Astroworld, so I’m looking forward to his performance.

Here’s who I’m looking forward to most this year:

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Image by Scott Sharpe via Triangle Today

Arctic Monkeys: Without a doubt one of my favorite bands in the universe. This will be my third time to see the British rock band and I could literally burst with excitement. I was fortunate enough to see this tour already during my trip to Paris this past June. I’ve seen hundreds of shows in this little life of mine, but this tour from Arctic Monkeys is definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen. If you want to place a sure bet on anything, it’ll be that I’m on the rail for their set this Sunday at 7:30pm on the Altar Stage.

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Image by Mauricio Castro of Chunky Glasses

RÜFÜS DU SOL: I absolutely love when EDM artists incorporate actual instruments in their sets, which is why I’m looking forward to Odesza and RÜFÜS DU SOL. Normally I would have placed Odesza in this spot, and while I LOVE them, I’ve seen them somewhere between 8-10 times. This will be my third time getting to check out RÜFÜS, who haven’t let me down so far! I think if you were to sum me up in a music genre, it would be some sort of synth-heavy house with a strong backbeat. I probably just made that up myself – haha – but that’s what comes to mind when I think of RÜFÜS. Come dance with me during their set at 8:30pm on the South Course Stage.

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Image by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for BET via The Boston Herald

Duckwrth: If you take away anything from this post, please PLEASE please let it be that you should not miss Duckwrth, especially if you’re a hip hop fan. Not going to lie, I was a little turned off solely by his stage name a few months ago when I saw Duckwrth was opening for What So Not. Holy crap was I mistaken! This guy came out completely commanding the stage with his energy. I’m a hip hop girl with a slight preference to sounds from the Bay Area, where Duckwrth calls home. If this gives you any indication of what to expect from his set, think Vince Staples’ sound paired with André 3000’s aesthetic. Dope right?! Please do not miss Duckwrth this Sunday at 1:00pm at the Toyota Music Den!

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