HOW TO GET HELP AT THE FEST
Voodoo wants every fan to feel safe at the fest. We will not tolerate any harassment based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, body size, appearance, age or national origin. If you feel like you’re being harassed, are the victim of nonconsensual touching, or otherwise feel unsafe, please report it to the nearest staff member.
If you find yourself needing help while at Voodoo, here are some places that can assist you:
- MEDICAL EMERGENCIES:
If you or a friend need emergency assistance at the festival, go to one of our THREE medical tents, near the Wisner, Altar, and Le Plur stages (NOTE: the 2017 Festival Map will be released soon). Be honest with emergency personnel – they are here to help you, NOT get you in trouble. If you see someone who looks like they need help, look for one of our staff members wearing a staff shirt or anyone with a radio.
- SEXUAL HARASSMENT
If you think you’ve been the victim of sexual violence or harassment, please report it to the nearest staff member or go to a Medical Tent for help. You can also visit the New Orleans Sexual Assault Response Team website for resources and information.
Remember: NO MEANS NO. No matter the situation, it is never ok without consent.
Here are three easy ways to look out for yourself and those around you:
- Watch out for your neighbors – if someone around you looks like they need help, check in with them. If someone is getting unruly, alert the nearest staff member. Keep an eye on your belongings.
- Be considerate – this is a shared space and we want everyone to enjoy themselves. Keep the vibes chill and your hands to yourself.
- Use the buddy system – the Information Tent (located between the Front Gate and Wisner Stage) is the designated meeting point for lost or separated people. If one of your friends is in trouble, please alert festival staff – they will assist you, no questions asked.
Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for the fest:
- Have Emergency Contact info on your person and your phone lock screen in case emergency personnel need to know (PRO-TIP: Make sure to register your wristband where you will be asked to fill out an Emergency Contact).
- Remember to stay hydrated (visit our Water Refill Stations for free, cool, filtered water) and eat regularly at the Forked Up Food Court.
- Protect yourself from the sun – take breaks and find shade. Sunscreen lotion, hats, and sunglasses are key. Forget your sunscreen? Head to the Voodoo Mart (between the Le Plur Stage and The Mortuary) to purchase some.
- Bring hearing protection – we get loud, so ear plugs are a good idea.
- Keep yourself and your belongings safe – be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your personal items at all times. If you find something OR lose something, head to an information tent for our Lost & Found. Keep your cell phone and wallet close – the New Orleans Police Department will be on the lookout for cell phone theft.
- Bring a list of allergies and medications you take in case of medical emergency.
- Dress for the weather – we’re constantly monitoring the weather. Keep an eye on the radar before heading to City Park so you can dress accordingly (rain boots, ponchos, etc). Forget your poncho? Head to the Voodoo Mart to purchase one.
Voodoo works closely with local, state, and federal authorities to ensure the safest possible experience. You’ll notice uniformed and plain-clothed security throughout our site. They’re there to keep you safe, so don’t hesitate to ask them for help if you need immediate assistance.
For the safety of everyone entering the festival, all fans are subject to a full and complete airport-style search prior to entry. This may include a full body pat-down and magnetometer screening before entry. If you would like to be screened by security personnel of your same gender, please let security personnel know prior to the search process. Screening of children will always take place with the consent of a parent or guardian.
Please review the Allowed & Prohibited items list for a stress-free entry process, and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Security will confiscate items if they are illegal, and will not hold any items until the festival is over. If you’re bringing prescription medication, make sure the name on the label matches the name on your ID, and our medical team will clear it at the entry gate.
All bags will be searched before entry. For your safety bag sizes will be limited to 18 L sized bags or smaller (roughly 1000 cubic inches or 10” x 10” x 10”). If you have to bring a bag, drawstring bags are ideal. PRO-TIP: To speed up entry, leave your bags at home, and take advantage of our No Bag Express Lanes.
REMEMBER: You’re the eyes and ears of the festival. If you see something suspicious, say something.
IN CASE OF EVACUATION
We work hard to make sure your festival experience is exceptional, and that includes having a plan in case of emergency. Read on for a few common questions we get when we have an evacuation, and check out the emergency exit map below.
- Q: If the park has to be evacuated, is the festival cancelled?
A: Not necessarily! In case of evacuation, check this page for updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and be sure you have opted-in for push notifications from the Voodoo Mobile App. We will send push notifications to keep you updated on the status of the festival, including any adjusted set times.
- Q: When an evacuation ends and fans are allowed to re-enter the site, how do I find out if any set times have been adjusted?
A: Updated set times will be available in the Voodoo Mobile App, on the Schedule page of the website, and will be sent out on social media. Once you’re back in City Park you can also check out the video info tower behind the Brew Dat Beer Hall for an updated schedule.