World of Festivals
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The Buku Music + Art Project has been a staple in the music festival world, hosting many of the world’s greatest artists. The festival began in 2012, and the lineup has not disappointed since. Hosting artists such as Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, Bassnectar, Flosstradamus Calvin Harris, RL Grime, Future, and many more. Buku has more to offer than a “house-party” type of festival- there are also local and nationally known artists that sell sculptures, paintings, and graffiti pieces that are auctioned off with the proceeds going to different charities. Similar to many other festivals, there are many stages that the musicians can play on. There are a total of four different stages that are set up for the festival: The Float Den, The Ballroom, The Power Plant, and The Back Alley. Making this festival unique is the docking of the Creole Queen riverboat on the riverside. The riverboat acts as the VIP-only S.S. Buku for the duration of the festival, offering special performances and a viewing area of the main stage from the boat’s top deck, as well as an open bar. Though the festival may only be four years old, it has made a huge impact on the Crescent City.
This year, New Orleans was expected to have 100% of severe thunderstorms with many of the surrounding areas catastrophically flooding just days before. In the midst of the weather warnings, Buku managed to still sell out within 24 hours of gates opening. Thirty-thousand “BUKreatures” lined up to have the best time of their life. The rain subsided just before opening on Day One, and only drizzled for a minute on Day Two. It didn’t stop the party though. With two of the three main stages being inside- the party continued on smoothly inside but barely caused a twitch to those outside.
BUKreatures were crawling throughout in the most in-style streetwear. Typical EDM activities and sightings could be seen throughout the festival such as hula hoopers, glovers, and break dances- with Buku fashion including stringed clothes, crop tops, rave bras, facial jewels, glitter, light-up sneakers and lots of black leather.
This New Orleans festival is one of those you can’t fully understand until you experience it for yourself. It’s unlike many other festivals because it’s in a smaller space but we think it’s perfectly cozy. Many people think it should be expanded to a bigger venue but we at Unseasoned Sound think the venue is what MAKES this festival. Under the bridge- on the river. At night, the neon lights go perfectly in front of the power plant. The venue IS the festival and gives it that iconic Buku Vibe.
For the lineup- this year was different but we loved it. For the past three years, Buku had brought back many of the same artists but this year managed to create a completely new lineup. From rap legends Kid Cudi, Future, and A$AP Ferg and Grammy-nominated Kehlani- to trap lords Baauer, What So Not, Datsik, Cashmere Cat, and NGHTMRE- and electronic indie favorites Purity Ring, Borns, and Chvrches. Each show had a vibe of it’s own, but Float Den shows have always been our favorite. The Float Den is just big enough to be considered the second biggest stage and has been home to many of the festivals EDM headliners- but is also just small enough to be comfortable and have a nice view from practically anywhere within.
Without further ado- we’ve compiled some our favorite photos from our favorite performances for you to check out below! They’re sure to make you want to experience Buku for yourself-
photographed by Rebecca Reece, written by Madeline Gray and Rebecca Reece- fully copyrighted.
Louis The Child