The New Orleans Voodoo Music + Arts Experience took over City Park once again Halloween weekend for their 2015 edition. Although dangerous weather conditions forced organizers to nix their final day, cancelling anticipated sets by Zac Brown Band, Dead Mau5, Third Eye Blind, Chance the Rapper amongst others, it did not stop more than 100,000 music fans from making the best of it. The rain and swamp-like conditions really added to the Halloween spirit as guests enjoyed spectacular performances on both Friday and Saturday. Highlights included Modest Mouse, who did their best to fill the main stage with passion and energy, Metric who wooed the crowd with their futuristic pop, and Ryan Bingham got fans excited enough to stomp their feet as he played his electric axe with a nice fusion of rock and bluegrass. Florence + The Machine’s charismatic singer, Florence Welch,  dressed in her best voodoo face paint captivated with a spellbinding set. Jack U, which features DJs Skrillex and Diplo, brought the Halloween spirit with great skeleton and pumpkin visuals. Santigold got her backup dancers to pass donuts out and invited eager fans to dance on the alternate stage. Electro trash star, Peaches chugged down champagne on stage while performing in a swimsuit. Hard rockers, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro showed why they are still kings of the alt-rock scene, but it was the prince of darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne, who raised the dead, alongside special superstar guests that included Slash and Tom Morello and playing a ferocious closing set which included some of his best songs as diehard fans raged in the rain. Attendees wore a variety of different costumes and ghoulish outfits during the shortened festival while enjoying great food, which included a twist of Cajun style serving up gator, oysters and delicious crepes. Other attractions included carnival rides and great art installations. All in all, despite the nasty weather, which dampened the mood a bit, it was still an overall great experience for those that endured. And, of course, what better place to enjoy such a diverse festival then in a city that is historically known for great music and art. Can’t wait to see what is in store for 2016!

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