Eighty-two acts cast this year’s Voodoo spell

The magic returns

Music heavyweights Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure headline the 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

The festival, making its debut at City Park’s new Festival Grounds space, runs Friday through Sunday.

Other big names in the electric 82-act Voodoo Experience lineup include pop-rock act Paramore, rapper-rocker Kid Rock, rapper-producer team Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and classic rocker Billy Squier.

True to Voodoo form, the event also has a rich New Orleans and Louisiana representation, including Dr. John, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, pop-rock band Royal Teeth, C.C. Adcock and the Lafayette Marquis and Fleur Debris, a New Orleans supergroup featuring George Porter Jr., Nicholas Payton and David Torkanowsky.

Entrance and box office: The Voodoo Experience entrance and box office is at the intersection of Golf and Palm drives. Festival hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: Single day admission, or credentials as Voodoo calls it, is $87 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday single-day admission is sold out); weekend admission is $200; VIP admission is $550; Citi Preferred VIP admission is $550; artist admission for two, which grants access to the public on par with a performer’s perspective, is available for $2,500.

Bikes recommended: Voodoo recommends biking and provides bike racks by the entrance in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Parking: Pre-paid parking is available to VIP and artist ticket holders and weekend campers. Limited daily public parking is availabe inside City Park. All parking will be offered on a daily first come, first served basis. Parking options are Lelong Drive, $100 per day, lot designated as “A,” entrance at Lelong Drive and Wisner Boulevard; and Roosevelt Mall, $50 per day, lot designated as “C,” entrance at Roosevelt Mall and Marconi Drive. Directly across Bayou St. John at 1700 Moss Street, the Deutsches Haus will offer public parking in their lot, designated as “R.”

Voodoo Experience asks festival-goers to not park illegally and respect the surrounding neighborhoods.

Shuttle transportation to City Park: Official Voodoo Experience shuttles will run from the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., starting at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles leave every 30 minutes. The final shuttles departs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Three-day shuttle price is $45, two day is $35 and one-day is $20.

Bus and rail transportation: The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority provides bus and streetcar service from locations in Uptown, Downtown, French Quarter, Central Business District, Lakeview, Mid City and throughout the New Orleans area. The Red Streetcar Line stops near the main entrance of City Park. Bus Lines 45, 51, 60 and 91 will stop near the festival’s location. Bus and streetcar fares are $1.25 each way, exact change required.

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