The Voodoo Music Experience, which was to be held in New Orleans Oct. 29-30, has been moved to Memphis’ Tom Lee Park in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Billboard.com can exclusively reveal. Nine Inch Nails is the first act confirmed for the new event, proceeds from which will benefit the New Orleans Restoration Fund. The rest of the festival lineup is still taking shape, according to organizers.
“Moving a festival of this magnitude has been no easy task and we are grateful to the city of Memphis for extending their hospitality, to Trent Reznor for voicing his advocacy of NORF and Voodoo, to all the artists dedicating their time and energy to support the cause and to our incredible group of people working on this project for their dedication and support over these last few weeks,” says Voodoo founder/producer Stephen Rehage.
Highlights from the show will air Nov. 5 on VH1, while the network’s broadband channel, Vspot, will offer exclusive performances.
Additional Voodoo proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, Mercy Corps and other national and local organizations facilitating aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina and the restoration of New Orleans’ cultural institutions.