The roster for the 2018 Buku Music + Art Project boasts producer Bassnectar, Atlanta rap trio Migos, indie-rock band MGMT, fast-rising contemporary R&B/soul singer SZA and Australian deejay Alison Wonderland.
They’ll join dozens of additional artists at Mardi Gras World along the Mississippi River riverfront in New Orleans on March 9-10, 2018.
Two-day passes for the seventh edition of Buku are on sale now at thebukuproject.com. A two-day general admission pass is $185 plus service charges. Various VIP and enhanced experience packages are also available.
Attendees must be at least 18 years old. Additional artists will be announced in January.
Buku is produced by Winter Circle Productions, which in July 2015 was acquired by concert/festival promotion giant AEG Presents to open AEG’s regional Gulf Coast office.
The Buku brand has built its national reputation with an especially contemporary mix of mostly hip-hop and electronic dance music. Marquee names are not the main attraction. Instead, the festival offers a carefully curated, cutting-edge roster and an immersive experience in a unique, sensory-overload setting. The festival aims to be a synthesis of an “underground warehouse party and a major urban music festival.”
The main outdoor stage is framed by the twin smokestacks of a long-abandoned power plant. Stages inside Mardi Gras World warehouses are flanked by Carnival floats and décor. Revelers can watch tankers drift by on the river or get up close and personal with floats that recently rolled in Carnival parades.
Street performers and art installations throughout the site enhance its otherworldly quality.
Buku’s daily capacity is approximately 15,000. Tickets sold out in three of the festival's first six years.
In a break with tradition, the festival will no longer use the Creole Queen riverboat, docked alongside the festival site, as a VIP viewing platform. On the opening night of the 2017 Buku, an attendee leapt into the Mississippi River near the Creole Queen.
The river's current carried the man downriver about 600 feet, past the far end of the festival's sprawling riverfront site. The subsequent rescue operation involved Harbor Police officers, New Orleans firefighters, Emergency Medical Services personnel and Creole Queen crew members, who set out in a small motorboat to look for the man in the water.
He was found clinging to a pillar under the wharf. He then moved to dry land under the wharf, where he was collected by rescuers. He was taken away by ambulance to be treated for what was described as minor injuries.
Instead of a riverboat for VIPs, this year’s festival will feature the “Buku Rooftop,” a reserved space with a view of the main stage. It likely won’t be within leaping distance of the river.
The announced roster, so far, for the 2018 Buku includes:
Bassnectar, Migos, MGMT, SZA, Virtual Self, A Day To Remember, Isaiah Rashad, Alison Wonderland, Rezz, Borgore, Sylvan Esso, Flatbush Zombies, Bonobo (DJ set), Mura Masa, Ganja White Night + Boogie T, Little Dragon, Green Velvet, Jay Electronica, Snakehips, Gryffin, Bishop Briggs, Jai Wolf, Rich The Kid x Famous Dex, Hippie Sabotage, Lil Xan, Smino, Falling In Reverse, Soulection (Sango back-to-back with ESTA and The Whooligan), Princess Nokia, Honey Dijon, Spag Heddy, Elohim, CloZee, Jade Cicada, The Russ Liquid Test, Emo Nite LA, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Zack Villere, AF THE NAYSAYER x Yung Vul, KTRL back-to-back with Red Barrington, New Thousand, Bouffant Bouffant and KiddLove
VIP-only performers include Graves, Medasin, Ducky, BlackGummy, Squnto and TVBOO.