NOLA: BUKU Music + Art Project Announces 1st Phase of 2018 Lineup


Written by:

Views: 2200

BUKU Music + Art Project announced the first round of artists for the seventh installment of the annual festival, taking place on March 9-10, 2018 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Phase 2 performers are expected to be announced after Thanksgiving and Phase 3 shortly after the New Year.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Inspired by the creative subculture of New Orleans, BUKU sits at the crosshairs of underground warehouse party and major urban music festival by fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, local food vendors, and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances. Each year, a portion of ticket proceeds from the event support The Upbeat Academy Foundation, an educational non-profit program for New Orleans youth that teaches the technical and creative skills of hip-hop music production.

Artists included in the Phase 1 Preview of the BUKU 2018 lineup are: visionary producer Bassnectar who will headline BUKU for the second time; indie favorites MGMT and Sylvan Esso; critically acclaimed breakout R&B/hip-hop/soul artist SZA; Australian DJ and producer Alison Wonderland; renowned hip-hop artists Isaiah Rashad andFlatbush Zombies; metal-influenced “gore-step” EDM producer Borgore; electronic and hip-hop producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa; British-born and Tokyo- and Hong Kong-raised indie-pop artist Bishop Briggs; EDM brother duo from Sacramento Hippie Sabotage; St. Louis futuristic funk and soul rapper Smino; genre blending DJ, fashion icon and trans-activist Honey Dijon; a showcase from Soulection, a progressive community and artist collective; entrancing up-and-comer producers CloZee and Jade Cicada; Louisiana native, LA transplant neo-R&B/alternative artist Zack Villere; and local DJ and designer Bouffant Bouffant.

New for 2018, the BUKU ROOFTOP will replace the S.S. BUKU riverboat. The multi-tiered structure and VIP-only space will continue to offer special amenities such as prime viewing of the main stage, seating and an open bar for guests 21+. Details for the VIP-only artist performances will be announced soon as well as other enhancements to the overall BUKU 2018 on-site experience.

General Admission, GA Plus, VIP 21+, VIP, and TOO BUKU VIP 2-Day Passes and Travel Packages for all ticket types are on sale now. When purchasing tickets patrons should be mindful that BUKU is an 18+ event. The option to purchase passes using a Payment Plan is available to fans upon checkout.  Additionally, BUKU will again be offering an optional Collectible 3D Magnet which can be paired with a ticket, featuring BUKU’s iconic “moon-eye” illustration which has a new iteration each year.

More information on tickets and ticket pricing can be found at

For additional information and to sign up to be the first to receive updates, including lineup announcements, ticket on sales, special offers and more, visit BUKU Music + Art Project on the following platforms:

Twitter: @thebukuproject
Instagram: @thebukuproject

Photo Credit: aLIVE Coverage