I had the pleasure of attending this year’s New Orleans Festival. It was my first time at this legendary music event, which has been showcasing top notch live acts in the style of Innsbruck’s sister city for over 20 years.
Being heavily into music myself with writing, producing and DJ-ing for over two decades, I always love to experience live music, especially when it has a lot of soul.
The history of the New Orleans Festival in Innsbruck
The two sister cities Innsbruck and New Orleans joined back in 1995, and the New Orleans Festival began in 1998 when Markus Linder brought the New Orleans flare to the heart of the alps with music parades through the city and a big stage at Landhausplatz for four days.
Not just music
With the roots originating from New Orleans, you just know this festival will have you dancing throughout the day and into the evening, to the sound of local and international bands.
I was there on the Friday, which Hyperphlyy headlined (they also played on Saturday). Wowee! What a band!
Currently on tour from New Orleans and fronted by three amazing singers consisting of two sisters (Danica Hart and Devynn Hart) and cousin Trea Swindle.
It was definitely a family affair, delivering a lot of love, laughter, emotion and dance with their country-gospel-blues-soul sound.
It wasn’t just music, it was story-telling of the singers own lives through song, along with well known classics that got the crowd of 6.000 people dancing, jumping and cheering for it to never stop. Hyperphlyy really stole the show!
The New Orleans Festival is a free event in the centre of Innsbruck at Landhausplatz. And one not to be missed. Get your groove on at next year’s show – stay tuned for dates!
All photos © Ashley Wiggins