BUKU Music + Art Project is a quirky boutique event that delivers a big festival punch without compromising its underground house-party vibe. Tucked right in the heart of New Orleans, BUKU’s intimate post-industrial setting fits perfectly with the festival’s fusion of relevant EDM, hip-hop and indie rock.
We were extremely lucky to experience this unique festival earlier. During the 2-day festival we got to experience such diversity; from the people, to the artists of all kinds, and much more. The whole festival was an incredible experience and we’ll share with you the Top 5 Reasons Why BUKU is something you absolutely need to experience.
Reason #1: Diversity of Music
If there’s one thing that BUKU has proven time and time again, it’s pulling together a lineup that touches every aspect of hip hop and electronic music and caters to the wide range of festival-goers tastes.
In the course of the 2 days we heard rap, hardstyle, trap, house, live bands, and everything in between. The diversity of the music on Friday was so unique; whether we were at G Jones, Post Malone, Mija B2B Anna Lunoe, Jai Wolf, CHVRCHES, Tchami, Fetty Wap, Baauer, Deorro, AlunaGeorge, or GRiZ, it was safe to safe the Day 1’s music was absolutely incredible. Moving on to Saturday, the diversity of the music was just as magical. From NGHTMRE, CRWNS, What So Not, Future, Feed Me, SNBRN, Yellow Claw, Pretty Lights, Datsik, Cashmere Cat B2B Trippy Turtle, and NERO, Day 2 was stacked for an unforgettable experience.
Reason #2: Diversity of People
The only thing more diverse than the actual music was the extremely friendly community at BUKU. People of all countries and ages came to experience the magic this year. After meeting so many different people from around the world, one thing was very clear: no matter what, everyone there was there to have fun, to not judge others, and to experience something new and exciting.
Reason #3: Location, Location, Location
There’s no place more appropriate to host a festival like BUKU than down in the heart of New Orleans. With just a few blocks away from Bourbon Street, there was an absolute sense of freedom and expression. Being able to hear amazing music, meet new people, and do this all while being encapsulated by such a beautiful city is something special and exclusive to the BUKU experience.
Reason #4: Art & Kulture
Everywhere you went during the festival, there was something to catch your eye. BUKU is much more than just a music festival. With installations, interactive elements, and 100s of non-traditional performances, BUKU is the perfect opportunity to forget your worries, disconnect from your daily life, and immerse yourself in another world.
Reason #5: Stages
With several different and unique stages, BUKU did a great job of keeping the stages as interesting as the artists performing on them. There are essentially 2 ‘main stages’ at BUKU: one inside and one outside. Sitting outside, the Power Plant stage sits between the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and the Mississippi River, all in the haunting glow of the run-down Market Street Power Plant.
The Float Den is placed in a Mardi Gras float manufacturing warehouse, the absolute perfect setting for a massive dance party. A good amount of time was spent seeing rappers and live bands in the Ballroom. Imagine that a concert hall transported itself onto a festival grounds and that’s the Ballroom. Equipped with balcony viewing and tons of space, the Ballroom had it all!
Another amazing stage was the Back Alley. Essentially, this stage was an underground dance party thrown outside overlooking the Crescent City Connection Bridge towering over the Mississippi River.
From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, there was an overwhelming amount of peace, love, unity, and respect coming from every attendee and staff member. The happiest and most welcoming of vibes were radiating throughout the entire festival. So with that said, see you all next year for BUKU 2017!
Photo Credit: BUKU/ALive