Four (Sensible) Reasons to Get #TooBuku in 2016
The passing of 2015 means that March is right around the corner – aka time for another round of The Buku Music & Arts Project, and already the excitement is impossible to contain. Entering it’s fifth year and taking place yet again in the Mardi Gras World venue, Buku is a city-based festival that offers the fully-immersive vibes of the historic, colorful city of New Orleans. If you’re still on the edge of whether or not to take the plunge and attend this infectious gathering of music, art, and energy, we’ll help guide you to the right decision by shining a little bit of light on the top reasons to boogie down this March 11th-12th in Nola.
- Lineup. We’ll start with the obvious here. From headliners to supporting talent to b2b sets, Buku is offering some legendary talent in a wide array of genres. With names like Pretty Lights, Kid Cudi, Future, and Above & Beyond headlining the event, there is something for everybody to love. Supporting artists are sure to impress as well, including sets from dubstep trio Nero, Fetty Wap, GRiZ, Crystal Castles, Feed Me and more. Still not sold? Buku has some highly-anticipated b2b sets in store for festival patrons, including OWSLA member Mija b2b Anna Lunoe and even some oldschool favorites such as Mystikal b2b Juvenile b2b Fly Boi Keno for a triple threat set. Other b2b sets include Dirtybird tech-house pioneers J.Phlip b2b Kill Frenzy and Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle. Check out the full lineup below.
2. Setting/Stages. Sometimes city-based festivals can really be a drag in terms of venues and the immediate environment, not enough space, lousy views of buildings surrounding the stages, etc. But not with Buku. Taking place inside of Mardi Gras World since its inception, Buku attendees can enjoy dancing in the Float Den stage amongst the wildly-decorated floats used for the Mardi Gras parade. The Powerplant Stage includes an eerily beautiful backdrop of abandoned powerplant towers that turn into dreamy silhouettes come sundown, and the Mississippi River flows along with the music right alongside the stage. Other stages include the Ballroom, which features balcony viewing for VIP guests and will feature brand new lighting and art décor for 2016, and a Back Alley Stage which has a more intimate vibe taking place upon the Mississippi River with a breathtaking view of the Crescent City Bridge in the background. Learn more about these intricately designed stages and the Mardi Gras venue here.
3. Nola Culture. From the food to the music to the diverse backgrounds of the people of New Orleans, this place is one-of-a-kind. Don’t forget to get your fix of mouth-watering Beignets at the legendary Cafe Du Monde (the line is worth the wait, we promise). We probably don’t even have to mention the obvious party place of Nola, but for those of you who don’t know or have never been, Bourbon Street is always popping off. Grab one of the signature drinks at Tropical Isle, a Hurricane or Hand Grenade, and enjoy live entertainment as you stroll past all of the party joints on Bourbon, ’cause no one is there to stop you from boozing openly on the streets. Aside from the world-class talent offered at the festival, New Orleans has a rich background in Jazz music, which is performed nightly at various local joints in French Quarter and the surrounding regions. New Orleans is also well-known for some of the best Creole and Cajun food around, some joints located on Bourbon Street, and some just a cab ride away. Check out some of the best grub Nola has to offer here.
4. Buku VIP Experience. Everyone knows that VIP patrons at festivals have access to way cooler things than GA patrons do, but in the world of Buku, you truly feel like a baller if you choose the VIP option. Of course it’s pricey, but it pays off. VIP guests can enjoy access to their own stage, the S.S BLU-KU, a river-boat stage that offers a breathtaking view of the Powerplant stage and exclusive sets from Autograf, Louis the Child, D.R.A.M, and The Funk Hunters. Also, this ticket package includes an OPEN BAR (what!), improved viewing areas for certain stages, and more perks. Learn more about the VIP option and ticket prices here. For the really ballin ballers, Buku offers a Too Buku VIP option with perks such as complimentary bottle service, access to the artist/staff lounge, personal massages and more in addition to everything you get with standard VIP.