Producers of the 2016 BUKU Music + Art Project have revealed the initial talent roster for the two-day, distinctly cutting-edge music festival at Mardi Gras World.
Scheduled for March 11-12, the fifth edition of BUKU will feature electronic music acts Pretty Lights, CHVRCHES and Nero, rappers Kid Cudi, Future, Fetty Wap and Earl Sweatshirt, and Swedish indie-pop star Miike Snow, among dozens of others.
Local acts on the bill include south Louisiana indie-pop band Givers, rappers Mystikal and Juvenile, and DJ Soul Sister.
Tickets for the 2016 BUKU Music + Art Project go on sale to the general public on Thursday at 11 a.m. via the festival’s web site, www.TheBukuProject.com. A two-day general admission ticket is $189.50 plus service charges and fees. Several VIP ticketing options are available, which include access to the S.S. Buku riverboat, which will be docked on the Mississippi River alongside Mardi Gras World.
Additional acts for 2016 will be announced in January. The complete roster so far includes Pretty Lights, Kid Cudi, CHVRCHES, Future, Above & Beyond, Miike Snow, Nero, Fetty Wap, Griz, Crystal Casles, A$AP Ferg, Baauer, Yellow Claw, Tchami, What So Not, Feed Me, Cashmere Cat, Trippy Turtle, Earl Sweatshirt, AlunaGeorge, Art Department, BØRNS, Kehlani, Mystikal, Juvenile, Fly Boi Keno, Post Malone, Sam Feldt, Mija B2B Anna Lunoe, Julio Bashmore, NGHTMRE, SNBRN, Jai Wolf, Tokimonsta, Casey Veggies, Givers, J.Phlip, Kill Frenzy, G Jones, Thugf---, Le Youth, DJ Soul Sister, Donovan Wolfington, CRWNS, Fro-Yo Ma and Tristan Dufrene.
Additionally, the S.S. Buku will host performances for VIP ticketholders by Autograf, Louis the Child, D.R.A.M., Prince Fox and the Funk Hunters.
This year’s BUKU headliners are, as usual, a diverse group that skews heavily toward electronic music and hip-hop. Pretty Lights is the performing alter ego of the producer and musician Derek Vincent Smith. His Grammy-nominated 2013 album “A Color Map of the Sun” featured contributions from more than a dozen New Orleans-based artists. CHVRCHES is Scotland’s most prominent electronic music act.
The New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap scored one of the summer’s biggest hits with “Trap Queen.” Kid Cudi, a protégé of Kanye West, has collaborated with artists ranging from Jay-Z to Michael Bolton. He has also appeared in various TV shows and movies.
BUKU is co-produced by Winter Circle Productions and HUKA Entertainment. Winter Circle, which created BUKU, was formed in 2009 to promote and produce concerts in and around New Orleans by electronic artists, underground rappers, and other lesser-known acts. This summer, the principals of Winter Circle formed an alliance with international entertainment giant AEG Live to form and run AEG’s new Gulf Coast regional office. AEG Live co-produces the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.
The New Orleans-based independent production company HUKA Entertainment co-founded the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is the co-producer of the Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and the Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia.