The 45th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival may be the only festival that Outkast isn”t playing this year, but they will hardly be missed.
Toplining the festival, which runs April 25-27 and May 1-4, are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (in their only 2014 date so far), Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Eric Clapton, Phish, and Christina Aguilera.
Among the more than 80 acts on the bill are Robin Thicke, Santana, Foster the People, The Avett Brothers, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, John Fogerty, Alabama Shakes, The Head & The Heart, and Jason Isbell.
The festival prides itself on featuring hometown talent and this year, such New Orleans local heroes as Aaron Neville, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville”s Dumpstaphunk and the Radiators are on the bill.
Unlike Coachella, which features the same line-up both weekends, Jazz Fest offers different acts each weekend: Phish and Clapton will play the first weekend, while Arcade Fire and Springsteen will be the heavy hitters for the second.
For the full line-up, go here or watch the announcement video below. Tickets go on sale today.