BUKU Music + Arts Project returns to New Orleans March 20 and 21 with Illenium, Flume and Tyler, The Creator as headliners

Festival season is right around the corner and one of the first festivals up is BUKU Music + Arts Project in New Orleans. The festival is located at Mardi Gras World and sits on the Mississippi River – it’s a great squad photo opportunity especially during sunset.

One of my favorite parts from last years festival is the fact that the entire festival has live music and art everywhere. There are tons of local musicians playing as you’re walking from stage to stage, great vendors, amazing local food such as jambalaya, as well as people spray painting canvases that can be viewed everywhere. Last year, there was a huge mural on the right of the mainstage that artists worked on both days to finish a beautiful painting that said “BUKU”, it was surreal to see it go from being blank to filled with colors and amazing how quick it was finished.

Not only is BUKU filled with art but the festival has one of the most incredible lineups I have seen this year. The headliners include Grammy winners Flume and Tyler, the Creator. Along with huge EDM artists such as Alison Wonderland, Zeds Dead, Illenium, Subtronics, Troyboi, Kayzo, Gramatik, and up and coming 100 Gecs. The festival also features some incredible rap artists such as Roddy Richh, Flatbush Zombies, Megan Thee Stallion, and Run the Jewels.

I’m also excited for some of the growing artists that will be featured at this years event such as Blanke B2B Lick who debuted at Daybreak Festival in Oklahoma. Pluko who is part of Odesza’s label, TSHA, Lucii, and KOTA the Friend.

Another super unique thing about BUKU is how much they give back to NOLA. One of my favorite vendors and performers came from Upbeat Academy. I stopped by their tent last year and they told me about how they help young artists gain confidence in performing and even used a local street artists work on the hoodie they were selling last year (I bought one and wear it everywhere!).

BUKU is one of my favorite festivals that I have attended. The entire place is filled with colorful outfits, amazing crowd energy, delicious food, and the beautiful view of being on a river. There are tons of pop-up art installations that you can hang out by or take Instagram photos with. One of the coolest parts about the festival being in New Orleans is that the Float Den holds some of the biggest Mardi Gras Parade floats that you can stand by as you’re watching an artist perform. This year BUKU is adding The Stacks which is going to be across from the main stage.

Tickets for the BUKU Music + Arts Project can be found here.

Tickets to BUKU Late shows can be found at thebukuproject.com/buku-late.

Lia Crumpton
Lia Crumpton is a concert and lifestyle photographer based in Boise, Idaho. More of her work is at liacrumpton.myportfolio.com.

BUKU Music + Arts Project returns to New Orleans March 20 and 21 with Illenium, Flume and Tyler, The Creator as headliners

Festival season is right around the corner and one of the first festivals up is BUKU Music + Arts Project in New Orleans. The festival is located at Mardi Gras World and sits on the Mississippi River – it’s a great squad photo opportunity especially during sunset.

One of my favorite parts from last years festival is the fact that the entire festival has live music and art everywhere. There are tons of local musicians playing as you’re walking from stage to stage, great vendors, amazing local food such as jambalaya, as well as people spray painting canvases that can be viewed everywhere. Last year, there was a huge mural on the right of the mainstage that artists worked on both days to finish a beautiful painting that said “BUKU”, it was surreal to see it go from being blank to filled with colors and amazing how quick it was finished.

Not only is BUKU filled with art but the festival has one of the most incredible lineups I have seen this year. The headliners include Grammy winners Flume and Tyler, the Creator. Along with huge EDM artists such as Alison Wonderland, Zeds Dead, Illenium, Subtronics, Troyboi, Kayzo, Gramatik, and up and coming 100 Gecs. The festival also features some incredible rap artists such as Roddy Richh, Flatbush Zombies, Megan Thee Stallion, and Run the Jewels.

I’m also excited for some of the growing artists that will be featured at this years event such as Blanke B2B Lick who debuted at Daybreak Festival in Oklahoma. Pluko who is part of Odesza’s label, TSHA, Lucii, and KOTA the Friend.

Another super unique thing about BUKU is how much they give back to NOLA. One of my favorite vendors and performers came from Upbeat Academy. I stopped by their tent last year and they told me about how they help young artists gain confidence in performing and even used a local street artists work on the hoodie they were selling last year (I bought one and wear it everywhere!).

BUKU is one of my favorite festivals that I have attended. The entire place is filled with colorful outfits, amazing crowd energy, delicious food, and the beautiful view of being on a river. There are tons of pop-up art installations that you can hang out by or take Instagram photos with. One of the coolest parts about the festival being in New Orleans is that the Float Den holds some of the biggest Mardi Gras Parade floats that you can stand by as you’re watching an artist perform. This year BUKU is adding The Stacks which is going to be across from the main stage.

Tickets for the BUKU Music + Arts Project can be found here.

Tickets to BUKU Late shows can be found at thebukuproject.com/buku-late.

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