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Festival Spotlight: The BUKU Music & Art Project

posted by Ilana Dadras on February 18, 2014

Photo: BUKU 2013 via the Festival

New Orleans, Louisiana -- Located in the heart of one of the most culturally rich cities in America, the BUKU Music + Art Project is a two-day event that fuses EDM, hip hop, and indie rock in an intimate-yet-urban setting. Taking place this year on March 21-22, the festival boasts a diverse lineup, classic New Orleans food served up by local vendors, and vibes that are equal parts powerhouse festival and underground dance party. 

The BUKU Music + Art Project takes place in New Orleans' Warehouse District - tucked in between the Mississippi River, an active railroad, and an old power plant. In addition to a killer lineup, the festival incorporates interactive installations and innovative art elements.  

The signature BUKU Graffiti Wall is where legendary local graffiti artists paint and sell their work, and Fort BUKU is an environmentally friendly seating area made of net and shipping containers, providing hammock-style viewing of the main stage. Not sold just yet?  The view of the New Orleans skyline and the Crescent City Connection bridge adds to the picturesque location, and the festivities are only a short walk away from the French Quarter. 


Photo via The Buku Project

This year, BUKU's eclectic selection of artists will be spread across five isolated stages, eliminating the forever-irritating and hard to avoid stage-to-stage sound bleed. Each stage is totally unique. 

The outdoor Power Plant stage is located right next to the run-down Market Street Power Plant and the Mississippi River, lending a haunting post-industrial backdrop to headliners such as The Flaming Lips, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, and Nas. The Mardi Gras warehouse Float Den stage is perfect for an electronic dance party or rowdy rap show, and features artists like Kaskade, Tyler, the Creator, and Baauer B2B RL Grime. The more traditional and classy Ballroom is equipped with a new lighting rig and balcony viewing, the perfect setting for acts such as Explosions in the Sky, Wavves, and Phantogram.  The Back Alley is new for 2014; located right on the river, the viewing area is limited capacity and monitored on a one-in-one-out basis. The closely maintained intimate viewing area is where you'll catch Seth Troxler, Cashmere Cat, and Skream.  

VIP-only premium viewing areas are offered at all main stages, but the main draw to the pass is access to a fifth venue - a New Orleans-style riverboat called the S.S. BUKU featuring acts like Holy Ghost! and Miami Horror. The riverboat has an open bar (!!!), private bathrooms, a climate-controlled lounge, and views of the main stage and festival grounds from the top deck.  

Photo via The Buku Project

BUKU Music + Art Project sets itself apart from other festivals with an amazing urban location and themed stages appropriate for their respective artists. As if you need an excuse to check out New Orleans, BUKU places you smack in the center of the city; this isn't a camping festival, so you'll likely be staying in the French Quarter or in a cool hotel in the Warehouse District.  Check out some of the Travel Packages that BUKU has put together.

Regular G.A. 2-Day Passes are now on sale for $169.50, or you can go VIP for $399.50. 

Full lineup:  Ana Sia, Baauer B2B RL Grime, Beats Antique, Bent Denim, Big Freedia, Big History, Blood Diamonds, Blue Sky Black Death, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Carnage, Cashmere Cat, Chance the Rapper, Chromeo, Classixx (Live), Clockwork, Conspirator, Dan Deacon, Danny Brown, David Guetta, DJ Digital, DJ Snake, DJ Soul Sister, Dusky, DXXXY, Ellie Goulding, Explosions in the Sky,The Flaming Lips, Flight School Preps, Free Will B, The Gaslamp Killer & Friends feat. Pres Hall Brass + Khris Royal, Generationals, The Glitch Mob, Gravity A, Griz, Holy Ghost! (DJ), Javier Drada, Jesse Slayter, Kaskade, Kid Kamillion, Lotus, Miami Horror, Money P, Mr. Miserable, Murder Beach, Nas (20th Anniversary of Illmatic), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Paper Diamond, Phantogram, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Seth Troxler, Shanook, Skream, Sleigh Bells, Soul Clap, Smallpools, Thundercat, Tourist, Treasure Fingers, Tyler, the Creator, Unicorn Fukr, Wavves, Young & Sick, Zedd, Zeds Dead

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