In a city that’s already renowned for its music, art, and food, it should be no surprise that BuKu fest is already a household name for music lovers and festival-hoppers alike.
While originally just postponed in 2020, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused both the 2021 dates as well as a scaled down version of the festival called “planet B” to also be canceled.
However this year BuKu is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is back and better than ever with Grammy award-winning artist and your-favorite-instagram-model’s fashion inspiration, Tyler, The Creator as well as Grammy nominated Australian music project Tame Impala performing as headliners.
Tyler, who originally was set to headline the 2020 lineup off the heels of his album “Igor”, (which went on to win a Grammy for best rap album in 2020) has now put out yet another arguably already-more-successful, Grammy nominated and NME nominated album “Call Me If You Get Lost” is going to ensure a packed out crowd from his name alone and will be closing out the festival on Saturday night.
Another highlight act off the originally canceled 2020 lineup making their return in a big way is British indie band Glass Animals. Seasoned indie fans should be very familiar with the group and probably consider albums “Zaba” and “How to Be a Human Being” amongst some of their favorites. However, the band’s success has reached new heights these past two years as their 2021 summer anthem “Heat Waves” filled both radio airwaves and tiktok feeds everywhere and has spent the last 51 weeks on the Billboard top 100 chart in addition to having over 160 million views on the official music video and at the time of this article, has amassed over 1.6 billion streams on Spotify alone.
Attendees can expect an eclectic lineup of both dance, electronic and rap artists including 21 year old breakout rapper and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Baby Keem, R&B singer Kali Uchis, viral “hyperpop” duo 100 gecs, hip hop / trap hop / horrorcore and New Orleans natives $uicideboy$, EDM producer, DJ and singer Porter Robinson, Electronic meets Heavy Metal artist Sullivan King, emo / pop – punk legends Taking Back Sunday and 22 year old rapper behind the viral hit “MIss the Rage” Trippie Redd just to name a few.
As the Festival name suggests, it is not just BuKu Music Festival, it’s Buku Music and Arts project. The festival showcases not only established and up and coming musicians but artists that showcase culture and heritage of the very city it takes place in. The whole festival has an underground, industrial warehouse party vibe and art can be found at just about every turn whether it is the stages crafted from shipping containers, walls of graffiti murals, or perhaps everyone’s favorite creative form of expression: food. Although the list of food vendors has not been officially released yet the festival has previously mentioned there is quite literally something for everyone including both vegetarian and vegan options.
Tickets are currently already on sale right now, but BuKu is offering 4 different types of ticket tiers, the GA and GA+ being the base tier and plus allowing access to closer stage viewing access.
The VIP pass will get you access to Buku rooftop and viewing decks for the main stages, fast track entry to the festival and a “VIP chill area” which includes water refill stations, charging stations and other amenities.
Now the final tier, most bang-for-your-buck and ultimate BuKu experience is going to be the “Too Buku VIP” pass which gets you not only all the amenities of the previously listed passes but also an impressive unlimited re entry to the festival, exclusive too buku viewing decks and seating areas, vip open bar and snack areas, access to Grand Oaks Mansion also with an open bar and finally, guest list access to one official Buku after party of your choice so the fun doesn’t have to stop just because the music stopped.
The fest is offering both 1 day and 2 day passes as well as offering payment plans at just 10% ensuring anyone who wants to check out the festival can.
This is a weekend in New Orleans you’re not going to want to miss so those interested should not hesitate as I’m almost sure it will sell out.
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