Published: March 10, 2014
By: Ellie Salrin
Well kids, it’s that time of year again! We couldn’t be happier that spring is almost here and with it, festival season. Spring Equinox is just a few short weeks away, and so is the premier NOLA music and art project - BUKU.
Taking place in the breathtaking Port of New Orleans March 21-22, BUKU is in its third year and is gearing up for a pretty epic weekend. Artists like Nas, Ellie Goulding, and The Flaming Lips will be along side Untz friends like David Guetta, Zeds Dead, The Glitch Mob, Beats Antique, Baauer, RL Grime, Paper Diamond, GRiZ, Skream, and many more.
Two-day General Admission passes are currently available for $169.50, with single day passes $89.50 each day. Two-day VIP passes are currently $399.50 and include premium viewing areas at each stage, access to the three-level riverboat docked on the river along the grounds that features an open bar, top deck views, VIP bathrooms, lounge, and exclusive artist performances, along with some BUKU swag. Single day VIP passes are $209.50. Hotel lodging is needed. Travel packages are sold out, but there are a plethora of hotels in the area that are within walking distance or a short cab ride.
Part music festival, part art project, expect installations, paintings, sculptures, and graffiti by local to international artists. Live artists will be creating both days, and there are also many interactive pieces integrated into the festival experience. The venue adds to the magic - on the New Orleans riverfront at Mardi Gras World, an expansive warehouse in which Mardi Gras floats are created. It is home to floats and sculptures from past Mardi Gras celebrations.
There are a combination of indoor and outdoor stages, with the outdoor ones facing the Mississippi River providing a unique view of New Orleans, and as mentioned there will be a big ol’ riverboat, the S.S. BLU-KU, hosting VIP festivities and topped with a viewing area of the main stage. Imagine sipping a cocktail from the open bar on the top deck watching The Flaming Lips’ beautifully bizarre spectacle or funk lords Chromeo get all the ladies dancing down below. “I’m on a boat” suddenly seems a lot more badass.
Stages & Vending
Indulge in some classic New Orleans-style food on your short walk between stages. The Power Plant stage sits between the active public railroad and the Mississippi river and in front of an unused power plant. The Float Den stage is in the Mardi Gras World warehouse and dripping with in-your-face production - deemed a “disorienting warehouse dance party.” Sounds good to us.
The Ballroom stage is similar to a large concert hall that includes balcony viewing, along with state-of-the art lighting and art decor. The Back Alley stage is the underground dance party with views of the bridge and Mississippi River. The VIP S.S. BLU-KU will host special performances like Ana Sia and Holy Ghost and Miami Horror DJ sets (oh, more dance parties).
Join the BUKU community for a preparty the night before to kick things off in only the most decadent fashion. An evening of proper bass music at the stylish Republic in New Orleans, courtesy of Doctor P and Cookie Monsta. General Admission tickets are $20, and VIP tickets are $50 and include VIP balcony access and drink tickets.
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