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06:10 March 07, 2016
By: Gabriella Holthausen

Festival season is officially upon us! First on the docket – BUKU Music and Art Project hits Mardi Gras World next weekend (March 11-12th).

If you’ve never been, BUKU is like the younger, slightly less known but equally attractive brother of our favorite Halloweekend tradition, the Voodoo Music Experience. BUKU has embraced the dirty, industrial grittiness of its raw surroundings, and while the event itself may be new to the New Orleans festival scene, the BUKU “Kulture” is here to stay.

So, hoopers, grab your glowsticks. But this boutique music festival isn’t just for ravers and house music lovers - the carefully curated event features local indie rockers, hip-hop artists, and international names, as well as New Orleans cuisine, and street artists, and crazy live art installations.

This year marks BUKU’s fifth anniversary in New Orleans, and the lineup certainly doesn’t disappoint.

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WHO not to miss:

Day One: Big names include: Kid Cudi, Fetty Wap, Above and Beyond, and CHVRCHES, as well as local and pseudo-local names: DJ Soul Sister, Tristan Dufrene, Donovan Wolfington, and KTRL. 

Day Two: Headliners like: Pretty Lights, Future, and Miike Snow, along with Louisiana locals: Givers, CRWNS, and Fro-Yo Ma.

BUKU goes down in the heart of the Warehouse District – a stark, slightly spooky backdrop highlighting views of an active railroad and Mighty Mississippi. Talk about sensory overload. Check out all the stages – even if you’re not particularly hyped on the artists performing (the Instagram opportunities will truly be endless #TOOBUKU)

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WHERE not to miss:

Power Plant – The aptly named outdoor stage featuring a looming Market Street Power Plant in the distance.

Float Den – Where the actual Mardi Gras floats are manufactured, this stage features Mardi Gras float paraphernalia (trippy AF).

Ballroom – Probably the most “mainstream” venue, the Ballroom has a concert hall meets EDM festival vibe.  

Back Alley – The Riverside “dance party” illuminated by the Crescent City Connection.

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WHAT not to miss:

So much of the BUKU greatness is found within the street performers, break dancers, and live art projects that all occur simultaneously and sporadically throughout the event. Check out the constantly changing GRAFFITI GALLERY and don’t miss the art creation turned perpetual hangout, FORT BUKU.  Oh, and keep your eyes and ears open for any and all #BUKREATURES. 

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