Photo Credit: Lia Crumpton
Festival season is right around the corner! This means it’s time to get your festival body back in shape, start saving money, and get your friends on board for new adventures.
If you’re looking for a new festival to attend, look no further than BUKU Music + Art Project, a two-day music and arts festival in New Orleans that takes place this March. BUKU is filled with local, regional, national and international musicians and artist installations.
Throughout the festival, you’ll see pop-up art installations and artists sharing magnificent pieces on huge canvas spaces. The emphasis on art sets BUKU apart from so many festivals because you get to see people showcasing talents such as painting murals above the Switchyard stage. Another one of my favorite things was that when you’re walking from stage to stage, you can watch small performers playing live music throughout the festival. There are tons of local and national vendors that have amazing causes to support music and art programs. Lastly, if you’re traveling from out-of-state like I am, don’t forget to get some local Louisiana food. BUKU has a variety of food options and it’s probably my favorite that I tried.
I experienced BUKU for the first time last year and have no regrets – it’s one of the most vibrant music festivals I have ever been to. Nearly everyone is dressed in neon, incredible energy, and a very supportive crowd to all artists and attendees. Definitely, check out the Float Den stage during your time at BUKU because you’ll get to see some Mardi Gras parade floats up close and person a huge warehouse.
This year is stacked with some of the biggest artists such as Grammy winners, Tyler, the Creator and Flume along with other big names such as Illenium, Alison Wonderland, Charli XCX, Zeds Dead, Glass Animals, Kaytranada, Chris Lake, and Run the Jewels to name a few. Not only that, but attendees can also choose to attend a BUKU Late which are the festivals official afterparties. I’m definitely trying to attend Deadbeats After Dark this year!
PROTIP: BUKU is located at the Mardi Gras World convention center which overlooks the Mississippi River and makes for excellent photos.