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18 January 2024

Neil Young Confirmed For 2024 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Neil Young New Orleans Jazz Festival
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Neil Young, Chris Stapleton, Foo Fighters, Queen Latifah and New Orleans’ own Jon Batiste are among the star power set to join The Rolling Stones as headliners of this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

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Also playing at this year’s festival are Hozier, The Killers, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Widespread Panic, Rhiannon Giddens, Fantasia, The Beach Boys, Irma Thomas, Steel Pulse, KEM, Jeffrey Osborne, Big Freedia and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. There also will be a celebration of Jimmy Buffett, who died last September, with the Coral Reefer Band.

Festival organizers announced last autumn that The Rolling Stones would headline the festival on Thursday, 2 May, as part of the group’s North American tour. Because they’re appearing on what would traditionally have been “Locals Thursday” at the festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest added a day to the beginning of this year’s event. The 2024 Locals Thursday is now April 25. That day’s tickets will be $50 for Louisiana residents.

Consequently, Stapleton, Killers, .Paak, Batiste and Vampire Weekend are the top line acts for the first weekend (25-28 April), with the Stones, Foo Fighters, Young, Hozier and Queen Latifah topping the list for the second weekend (2-5 May). Check out the event’s official website for the complete line-up.

The eight-day fest that takes place across 14 stages over two weekends — April 25-28 and May 2-5 — at the Fair Grounds Race Course, draws nearly half a million music lovers to a sprawling event that includes some of the biggest names in rock, pop, hip-hop, country, funk and jazz, including the usual compliment of homegrown legends.

At the Cultural Exchange Pavilion this year, Jazz Fest will highlight the music and culture of Colombia with 17 bands performing Colombian salsa, cumbia, champeta and other regional genres. There also will be Colombian artists, food vendors selling traditional dishes and daily parades.

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