EDMBoutique BUKU Inside Look + BUKU Music & Arts Festival Playlist

By: Kellie Keen

BUKU Music & Art Project is finally here, set to take place at the iconic Mardi Gras World, positioned alongside the Mississippi River in the culturally rich city of New Orleans. As a veteran returning for my fourth year, I wanted to give a run down of the top 5 things I love so much about this incredibly unique music festival.

1.) The Lineup
Any festival goer makes the decision of whether or not to attend based on one crucial aspect: the festival lineup. BUKU Music and Art Project never disappoints in this category. With an eclectic range of genres spanning from rock to electronic to hip-hop and rap, BUKU has positioned itself as one of the most all-encompassing lineups on the festival circuit. Noteworthy acts on this year’s lineup include Bassnectar, SZA, Migos, MGMT, A Day To Remember, Rezz, Alison Wonderland, and Virtual Self, to name merely a few. Additionally, BUKU has made a clear effort to have equal representation of gender on the lineup, with a woman dominated list!

2.) The Vibes
Almost as crucial as the lineup, the importance of festival vibes are not to be understated. With such an eclectic lineup comes attendees from all different types of backgrounds, interests, locations, and walks of life. The diversity of the crowd is a testament to the all-inclusive nature of the audience, as the welcoming environment enthralls you upon entry. The incredible feeling of inclusion, acceptance, and happiness permeates throughout the festival grounds as the attendees dance and sing in magical unison!

3.) The Venue
Mardi Gras World is nestled between a dilapidated power plant and the Mississippi River, giving the feeling of an industrial underground house party vibe. The 4 different stages are all distinctly exceptional. My personal favorite is the Float Den, which doubles as a Mardi Gras float manufacturing warehouse when it’s not being utilized as an awesome stage at BUKU! Surrounded by real life Mardi Gras floats, the float den and its exceptional production generates a sense of euphoria unlike any other.

4.) The Art
Aside from the music, BUKU has a wide range of art and pop up performances in order to engage the audience. My personal favorite is the multi-tier level graffiti gallery that begins as a blank slate and develops in real time over the course of the weekend.

5.) The City of New Orleans
Last, but not least, the absolutely amazing city of New Orleans is truly the best city to host a festival. When you’re not within the confines of BUKU magic, make sure to take time to explore the incredible city of New Orleans whether this be through more music (hit Frenchmen Street to see some live jazz!), food (I highly recommend trying a po boy and gumbo while you’re in town – although BUKU itself has a great selection of local vendors to try from), or people (the people who reside in this city are some of the most eccentric, kind-hearted, and spirited people you’ll ever meet) you can’t go wrong setting aside time to explore all that the magnificent and culturally rich city of New Orleans has to offer.