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Festival News: R.E.M, STP, NIN Play New Orleans Voodoo

April 28, 2008 3:49 PM ET

The tenth annual Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, LA, has conjured up R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots to headline the three-day fest, taking place in the Big Easy on October 24-26. Native sons the Neville Brothers will also play their hometown festival for the first time. Tickets for Voodoo go on sale May 2nd at the fest's website.

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