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Beacoup Music at BUKU This Weekend

NOLA Hip-Hop, Indie, Electronic Music Fest Returns for Sixth Year



BUKU Music + Art Project takes place each year in New Orleans at the perfect time post-Carnival and before the summer’s mega-festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza take over everyone's social media feeds. Now in its sixth year, BUKU (a play on “beaucoup") lives up to its name — inviting over 70 of the most exciting talents in hip hop, EDM, indie rock & pop to take the stage at Mardi Gras World for a 48-hour music extravaganza this weekend. 

 

Big names like Deadmau5 and Travis Scott are headlining this year, along with returning acts Run the Jewels, Grizmatik, and Sleigh Bells. 

 

Louisiana talent will be repped this weekend by Caddywhompus, Unicorn Fukr, Boogie T, MUSA, and ROAR! Additionally, seven record labels and arts collectives will host showcases on the festival’s “Front Porch,” featuring local artists from Community Records and Solange’s Saint Heron label, among others. 

 

Organizers promise a festival that will go beyond just the traditional music event. Blending the DIY nature of the hip hop and EDM music scenes with the post-industrial landscape of the festival grounds  not to mention the culture of New Orleans itself — BUKU is an immersive, evolving art experience. Fan favorites returning this year are Fort BUKU's massive hammock and the Live Graffiti Gallery, an evolving ode to street art. 

 

The fest makes use of the diversity of its landscape, from one of its main stages, the Float Den, a Mardi Gras float manufacturing warehouse to the S.S. BUKU, a VIP-only riverboat with exclusive performances on the Mississippi. 

 

BUKU Fest will be occurring March 10 & 11 at Mardi Gras World. Read on for the full lineup, and purchase tickets here

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