Characters Let Loose at Buku Festival This March

February 18th, 2016


Buku In Post

The Buku Music & Arts Project is approaching yet again, and yet again, it demands your attention. Entering its fifth year in New Orleans, Louisiana, Buku has developed a reputation as a thriving cultural hub of modern music. Past lineups have featured top level lineups encompassing all genres, from rock to rap to all things electronic, and this year is no exception. Kid Cudi and the Pretty Lights live band are heading the bill, with stud acts like Above & Beyond, CHVRCHES, Nero, GRiZ, and Purity Ring supporting them among others.



There are five stages at Buku this year, as a special VIP stage has been added into the mix. Each stage has it’s very own identity. The Power Plant stage, which is right in front of an old power plant, functions as a main stage, with Cudi and Pretty Lights playing closing sets, as well as Miike Snow and rapper Future. The Float Den, which throws down on a Mardi Gras-esque float in a warehouse, is a bass-lovers delight with Datsik, Yellow Claw, Baauer, Feed Me, and What So Not. The Ballroom Stage, which feels like a club displaced at a music festival, will host many of the rap acts at Buku, including Rae Sremmurd, Earl Sweatshirt, and A$AP Ferg, as well as Purity Ring and Crystal Castles. The Back Alley hosts the deeper acts of Buku, like house DJs Art Department, Claptone, Lee Foss, and Julio Bashmore. The VIP S.S. Buku, a new stage this year, is exclusive to VIP ticket holders; Autograf, Sweater Beats, Louis The Child, Illenium, and Vibe Street will christen the New Orleans-style riverboat stage while it overlooks the rest of the festival from the Mississippi River.
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The unique stages and stellar artists are reason enough to visit New Orleans this March, but the real value in Buku festival is in the art featured during the weekend – and they take this art seriously. They’ve set aside a special area of the festival, called the Front Yard, which features local artists from the region putting their work on display. Chefs will be grilling up their favorite creole cuisine, jazz groups will gather to spice up the daytime, and blacklight specialist painters will illuminate the night. Music festivals are about the music, of course – but the special allure that distinguishes Buku apart from others comes from its visitors and the personalities that they combine.


GA tickets are currently at their third tier pricing, at a modest $189.50. VIP tickets are at a fairly-priced $399.50, which gives you access to the S.S. Buku stage, special viewing areas at stages, an open bar, private bathrooms, and free gear. There is another VIP option, which they have dubbed “Too Buku VIP,” with even more sweet perks. The ticket is a lofty $599 as it stands, but the extra ammenities are impressive: access to the “Buku Butler Service,” which is a personal food and beverage delivery service to wherever you are in the festival, access to the artist and staff “Grand Oaks Mansion” that has it’s own exclusive bar, a Buku massage therapist, even a guest list to one of the official Buku after parties. Considering how much you get, the price for that option isn’t too bad at all.

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Since Buku is not a camping festival, the ticket prices are relatively low to save attendees some money for hotels. The famous French Quarter of New Orleans is within walking distance of the festival, so there are a plethora of housing situations to choose from. There are ticket + hotel options starting at $929, which includes two nights for two guests with two GA passes, and vary as you add more guests/change ticket types.


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Pretty Lights
Kid Cudi
Above & Beyond
Miike Snow
Fetty Wap
Crystal Castles
Purity Ring
Feed Me
What So Not
Yellow Claw
A$AP Ferg
Rae Sremmurd
Cashmere Cat B2B Trippy Turtle
Earl Sweatshirt
Art Department
Lee Foss

Fly Boi Keno
Post Malone
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Sam Feldt
Mija B2B Anna Lunoe
Break Science
Casey Veggies
Jai Wolf
Julio Bashmore
One Man
My Nu Leng
J. Phlip
Kill Frenzy
G Jones
Le Youth
DJ Soul Sister
Donovan Wolfington
Tristan Dufrene

Sweater Beats
Louis The Child
Prince Fox
The Funk Hunters
Vibe Street
DJ Matt Scott
Kidd Love




Matt Reynolds is a music enthusiast on a mission to share his musical knowledge with the masses. Born and raised on the hard streets of suburban North Jersey, Matt was diagnosed with an irreversible addiction to electronic music in 2009. Since then, he’s pledged to discover and share his experiences with clubs, festivals, and the world of electronic music. Situated minutes from NYC, Matt has traveled from Massachusetts to Miami and everywhere between chasing music and making memories. When he isn’t writing for MASS EDMC, he’s either reading, writing fiction, or (most likely) booty-shaking on the dance floor.

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