Skrillex and Diplo brought the Halloween energy to Voodoo Festival in New Orleans on Friday, (Oct. 30). The Jack Ü duo remixed everything from “Thriller” to the Lion King theme song, as pumpkins and skeletons danced on the screen behind them.
The duo kicked off the night by mashing Soulja Boy’s “Crank Dat” with the theme song from Halloween. The crowd was filled with costumed youth — a sexy Rosie The Riveter danced to Beyoncé’s “7/11,” an inflatable alien bounced on someone’s shoulders during Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and a scantily-clad couple dressed up as Native Americans sang along to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Orange and purple streamers shot out into the crowd and settled on the stadium lights nearby, as well as the top of the stage. Jack Ü’s “Febreze” got the crowd excited as Diplo made everybody point to themselves before singing along to their “I’m the shit” refrain. Someone dressed up like a giant Febreze bottle danced between the two DJs and Diplo said, “I have a feeling this is going to be an epic night, Skrillex.”
Throughout the evening Skrillex and Diplo asked the crowd to help “raise the dead” and make everybody at home have “real bad FOMO,” with requests to “scream obnoxiously” or get down really low.
Fly Boi Keno was one of the musical guests, bringing New Orleans bounce into the mix while Skrillex ran around the stage with a Jack Ü flag. Singer Kai also came out and performed “Revolution.”
Diplo changed the lyrics of Calvin Harris’ “Summer” to say “We fell in love with the Voodoo crowd” and Skrillex whipped and nae-naed to Silento’s “Watch Me” before introducing his new dance “the Voodoo,” moving his arms wildly on stage.
Towards the end of their set, Skrillex said, “I think you guys killed Diplo with your voodoo,” adding that all he’s been drinking on stage is water and kombucha, so it must have been the crowd that did him in. Diplo lay sprawled out on the stage as Skrillex asked everyone to clap really slowly, then accelerated the rate until Diplo jumped up wearing a black and orange Jack Ü blanket.
“Thank you for saving Diplo,” said Skrillex, who revealed he had spray painted the blanket for the show. “Thank you for being the coolest in the entire world,” added Diplo.
Their popular single “Where Are You Now,” featuring Justin Bieber, came on as part of the finale and Skrillex danced with blue streamers wrapped around him as smoke and sparks flung up on stage.
They concluded the night by offering to give out the Jack Ü blanket to the crowd. “Give it to the guy in the camo hat,” said Diplo. “He was so sad all night long. Cheer that guy up, man. We love you.”
The crowd screamed and took a group picture for Jack Ü before walking out, a lit-up skull illuminating the night as Florence and the Machine closed the night at the other end of City Park on Halloween Eve.