It’s official—BUKU Music + Art Project will return to Mardi Gras World from March 9-10, 2018, according to an announcement from festival organizers Tuesday. The artist lineup has not yet been released, but ticket sales begin Wednesday, October 11 at 11 a.m. CST.
Affectionately known as BUKU Fest, or simply BUKU, this two-day event features dozens of local, national, and international artists spanning electronic, hip-hop and other BUKU-appropriate genres. Since the fest’s founding in 2012, these acts have blown the minds of attendees who travel across the world to experience the BUKU magic here in the music mecca of New Orleans.
Each year, BUKU sets up several stages in different environments and aesthetics across the Mardi Gras World grounds, from the iconic Float Den and Power Plant stages to the VIP S.S. BUKU and Front Porch showcase. But the festival also carefully curates other artistic and cultural demonstrations and programming throughout the weekend’s celebration. In the past, these have range from live street art and local food vendors to pop-up performances and late-night after-parties.
While few specifics were available as of publication, BUKU organizers released a trailer Tuesday as a taste of the festival’s seventh installment this coming March:
Last year’s BUKU lineup brought EDM and hip-hop heavyweights like deadmau5, Travis Scott, Grizmatik, Zeds Dead, Zhu and Run the Jewels (who will also perform at the Joy Theater this Friday, Oct. 13). Those big names were in addition to a vibrant collective of fast-rising stars like San Holo, Opiuo, EKALI, Josh Pan and Rezz (whose hit track “Edge” is featured in the BUKU 2018 promo video above).
Rumors of which coveted artists might end up on this year’s lineup have been buzzing for weeks if not months among BUKU’s most loyal and devoted fans. In the meantime, check out other past BUKU Fest lineups here.
And in case you missed all the action last year, this recap of BUKU 2017 just about sums it up:
For more information about tickets, travel, merch and more, check out the festival’s website, where attendees can also sign up for the BUKU email newsletter.
Grab your tickets early and while they last—a limited number of Tier 1 General Admission, GA Plus, VIP 21+, VIP and TOO BUKU VIP 2-Day Passes go on sale Wednesday, October 11 at 11 a.m. CST. Travel packages will also be available at a later date.
BUKU will continue to offer ticket payment plans, available upon checkout. Attendees can also opt-in to order a collectible 3D magnet along with their ticket purchase, which features the new annual design of the BUKU “moon-eye” pictured below.
The 2018 BUKU Music + Art Project is presented by Winter Circle Productions, an AEG Presents company. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Upbeat Academy Foundation.