Gearing Up For Round Seven in New Orleans at BUKU
My brother always use to tell me, “Seven is heaven.” Since 2012, BUKU has had great line-ups and unique art installments unlike any other fest. Seven years later BUKU music + arts project has come a long way. From delivering X-rated, hard hitting sets to secret art installments. Something about New Orleans makes artists want to give their all while performing. Through years BUKU project has had the liveliest crowds of any EDM fest I’ve been to. (Full disclosure: I started going in 2014, and haven’t missed one since. I am not “old school” here, but I’ve been schooled … ).
BUKU is two days. You’ll need a hotel. I recommend hotels across the gorgeous Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Covington, about a 40 minute drive with light traffic. Be sure to head into New Orleans a little early. The French quarter is a great place to explore; grab some seafood and partake in some shopping and sightseeing. Arriving early to the festival, and finding free parking is usually an attainable endeavor. Be careful not to block any entry/driveways or fire lanes. If you can’t find a spot to parallel, expect to pay $10-$20. If parking at a pay-to-park station– prepay an extra hour. New Orleans is strict and will not hesitate to put boots on cars whose owners are a second late getting back (True: I learned this the hard way folks, please understand).
BUKU has always been about EDM and rap. This year we will also see the band, A Day to Remember. I’m thinking ADTR will be a fresh addition, keeping EDM and other artists interesting. This year we will see Borgore, Snails and Bassnectar. Gentlemen, it’s all right to bring your girlfriend this year. As we’ll be keeping it (somewhat) PG with Flatbush Zombies instead of an A$AP. I won’t spoil anything, but if you’ve been here for these two, you’ll know what I mean (mmmkay). Last year with Gramatik, HeroBust, Ghastly, Jauz and Zeds Dead; we had quite the EDM Romp. Once the sun sets, the energy never stops with the music at BUKU.
Join us for BUKU at Mardi Gras world March 11-12. It’s a spectacular venue boasting the contrast of compact layouts and large stage capacities. The sound systems are absolutely superb, crowds are full of life, with artists really delivering hard hitting performances. BUKU has always been my favorite festival for the music. I highly recommend making the trip and securing a hotel. The ones in Covington are around $85 a night. Four stages are streamlined in a small area. But there are a ton of people–MGW can hold up to 15,000 people.
Be sure to visit Power Plant. This massive outdoor stage can easily have thousands of people crazy for a headliner. The Ballroom is inside and a bit more condensed, but can still accommodate a considerable capacity. Float Den is a roofed in, massive sweaty dance zone. Be careful in The Den. It gets very hot, if anywhere near front stage. Absolutely … drink plenty of water in Float Den. The Back Alley stage overlooks the Crescent City Connection Bridge to make for a splendid festival back drop. Sunsets are usually gorgeous over Power Plant.
Live graffiti and other great art installments happen year around; adding an art component unlike any other festival. VIP band holders don’t just get closer to the stages, but also get to see special sets on the SS BUKU. A boat by the power plant stage with a stage inside for VIP-only sets. Another cool component of BUKU, along with a stage midway between the Power plant and Float Den stages. In front of and outside the Ballroom, The Front Porch area boats a whole hosts of different talents—encountering all kinds of dancing, arts and great musicians usually playing Sax and/or drumming.
It’s small, compact and it might seem mellow. But we promise you– BUKU is anything but. BUKU New Orleans is a thrilling experience. Superb venue, consistently great line-ups and an absolutely killer sound system. We are hoping on seeing you down in French Quarter for a little Cajun-EDM mosh-up fun time. Until then we’ll be looking forward to BUKU 2018. Tickets and hotels should be acquired ASAP. BUKU will sell out. Booking a room in advance will save money. Coming to New Orleans for this festival is highly advisable for anyone who loves EDM, Rap/hip hop or just a great time in general. Tier 4 passes are still on sale for $190. Get yours today and we’ll see you in New Orleans for an electronic dance-off extraordinaire!