Sold out. Join our Waiting List to be the first to hear about additional ticket releases. You can find the festival's full statement here. Tickets already purchased will be honored for the and Festicket customers will be notified about next steps. With five stages of incredible music, the thousands of festival-goers will be wishing there were more than two days to enjoy the event. Mardi Gras World is a renowned studio that is meant to recreate the events and energy of a classic New Orleans Mardi Gras in one visit. There are five different stages at the event: Power Plant is the main and largest stage, Float Den is in a Mardi Gras float manufacturing warehouse, The Wharf is a riverside stage, Ballroom is more of a typical indoor music venue, and Switchyard is in a graffiti gallery next to train tracks.
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Buku Music Lineup
The festival celebrates its ninth birthday in , making it a baby compared to similar stalwarts of the local fest scene. BUKU organizers insist their festival eschews the scattershot, every-genre-under-the-sun approach of larger summer fests for a more curated warehouse dance-party vibe. Long story short: BUKU is eclectic, but not to the point of losing vision of its spirit and brand. Power Plant , the main stage situated in front of the old Market Street Power Plant, is lodged between active train tracks and the Mississippi River, creating a spectacle few other festivals can match. Like any multi-stage music festival, part of the fun is planning your own schedule of which acts to see and when to hustle from one stage to another. The food in the past included everything from the iconic New Orleans staples to fish tacos, BBQ, crepes, and vegan fare. The music lineup is heavy on EDM, indie rock and hip-hop as usual. Street parking in the area is limited.
I have attended BUKU for the last few years as a journalist with a critical eye and even though I wished all the youthful attendees would have dressed properly for the weather, the festival left me pleasantly surprised. However, in a world with too many music festivals to count, it is the less obvious features of the festival that make it unique. Walking onto the festival grounds is akin to entering an outdoor museum dedicated to neon colors and bright lights. The festival grounds were expanded for the first time last year which included more interactive art displays like the popular giant hammock strung between multiple and multi-storied shipping containers and a glowing LED tree for people to sit beneath. BUKU organizers have strived to bring together music lovers by providing installments for local visual artists, food vendors, and street performers throughout the fest. Just a short walk from the entrance gate to the furthest stage, I took note of the two-story graffiti wall sectioned off for each invited artist to create an original piece while festival-goers watched on, a woman in a bikini strolling through the grounds with multiple Hula hoops spinning around her, and a pop-up break dancing competition. Catch Trax Only, another locally based DJ collective known for their all-night raves, that have created inclusive and safe spaces for the southern queer underground.
BUKU seeks to serve as a platform for the intersection of pop culture and the New Orleans underground arts community, and combines international musicians with local food vendors, local visual artists, and various surprise pop-up street performers throughout the site. BUKU will take place on March 19 and Buku said they would offer refunds, but did not give a deadline date readily visible in any social media online or in emails to ticket holders. Apparently, you had to dig for it.