The Voodoo Experience always has something new to offer and the attractions sometimes get moved around the City Park festival grounds. Here are some of the changes and additions for 2012.
Camping is the biggest addition. Fans can camp in areas adjoining the festival grounds. There are both general admission camping grounds and VIP camping, which comes with quite a few amenities. General admission includes a 12-by-12-foot space and campers need to bring their own tents. Voodoo provides showers and medical services and there will be food vendors.
The VIP LOA Grand package includes a safari tent for two people with bedding and electricity, breakfast and late-night snacks, a WiFi lounge, showers, toilets with running water instead of port-o-lets and showers. The VIP camping area also will have two mealtime parties. Kermit Ruffins will host a barbecue Saturday afternoon and Lil Band o' Gold will prepare jambalaya at another cookout Sunday afternoon. It also comes with artist passes allowing stage access with some restrictions.
The LOA VIP area on the festival grounds will include food by chef Scott Boswell of Stella! and Stanley.
Two stages have been moved. The popularity of the Le Plur DJ and electronic music tent has resulted in its relocation to a larger space closer to the Voodoo mainstage. The Bingo! stage and Le Carnival area revert to their previous location along City Park's Roosevelt Mall, where Le Plur was last year.
Voodoo will have a locker service. Attendees can rent lockers to store their belongings by reserving one on the website www.entertainmentlockers.com. Single and three-day rentals are available.
Shuttle bus service to Voodoo has been reinstituted. Shuttles provide transportation from the Hyatt Regency New Orleans to the festival's main entrance. Round trip tickets are $20 per day or $50 for a three-day pass.