Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky, Dog Blood, Excision, Kevin Gates + more Headline 2019 Buku Festival


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The BUKU Music + Art Project has announced the first round of performers for the festival taking place on March 22 and 23, 2019. 

Now in its eighth year, the two-day event will return to Mardi Gras World in New Orleans after a sold out 2018 event. A portion of ticket proceeds support the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production.

BUKU 2019 Lineup: Dog Blood

Artists announced on the 2019 lineup areLana Del Rey in what is her only currently-announced U.S. performance; hip-hop and fashion icon A$AP Rocky; the return and 2019 debut of Skrillex and Boys Noize’s collaboration Dog Blood; bass music torchbearer Excision; Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates in his first New Orleans play since 2016; a live performance by GRiZ who just released the first two tracks off of his upcoming 2019 album; RL GrimeLouis The Child; breakout R&B star Ella Mai; hometown horrorcore rap heroes $UICIDEBOY$; a rare back-to-back set from NGHTMRE B2B Slander; the first New Orleans play for Playboi Carti; emo mainstays Dashboard Confessional and Mayday ParadeToro Y Moi who will release a new album in January; Claude VonStrokeGunnaFisher; the first New Orleans play for The Black MadonnaDeath Grips; a unique set from Getter performing his critically-acclaimed new album Visceral; EkaliYaejiDenzel Curry; a rare joint set from J.I.D and EARTHGANGG JonesLiquid StrangerTOKiMONSTA; internet sensations Oliver Tree and Doja Cat1788-L; jam band PapadosioPeekabooRoy Blair; a special set from We Came As Romans in memory of Kyle Pavone; a DJ set from Matt + Travis of From First To LastRico NastyDouniaKidswasteWhipped CreamMersivsfamVIP patrons will be treated to VIP-Only performances fromCharlesTheFirstDabinDuskusJantsenKittensNoizuXie; and AF THE NAYSAYERwho is one of Upbeat Academy’s lead artist instructors.


The 2019 event will also feature a strong showing of local flavor with over a dozen New Orleans’ artists and showcasesbàwldy B2B BoarcrokDohm CollectiveFreewaterJames SevilleKlutchLil JodeciLleaunaMalik Ninety FiveThouTRAX ONLYTristan DufreneTrombone Shorty AcademyUnicorn Fukr; and Upbeat AcademyComplementing the music acts will be the following graffiti artists and live painters participating in a Live Art GalleryArt by JayCeauxDvoteFat KidsHugo GyrlInkJ Hand PaintsJediKnowlaLipkisMonica KellyMurkyPainterPAWSREAD MF BOOKS; and Swan.

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.  The 2018 BUKU Music + Art Project featured an expanded festival site that sold out with a daily attendance of over 17,500 guests, making it the highest attended BUKU to date. New additions included the Wharf Stage adjacent to the Mississippi River, a relocated main stage across the train tracks with the Market Street Power Plant serving as its backdrop, several new art installations, and an all-new BUKU VIP Rooftop overlooking the main stage.

BUKU 2019 Lineup: GRiZ

Tickets for the 2019 event will go on sale Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 10 AM CT and include a variety of options for general and VIP admission as well as travel packages. VIP ticketing provides a host of special amenities that include exclusive VIP-only performances, premium viewing areas, as well as an open bar for guests 21+. When purchasing tickets, patrons should be mindful that BUKU is a 17+ event. 

More information on tickets offerings and pricing can be found at

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