Music lovers can travel to New Orleans for new BUKU festival


New Orleans’ BUKU festival features a wide range of genres.

Staff Writer

The announcement of Coachella’s lineup marked the beginning of 2014’s music festival season. Many music lovers have been excitedly cheering and saving money for upcoming music festivals around the world. These lineup announcements often give a preview of who we should expect to see in some of the other popular festivals this season.

As students residing in a city whose motto is “Live Music Capital of The World,” Hilltoppers do not usually have trouble finding amazing festivals year-round. SXSW storms the streets during spring break, and Austin City Limits Festival and Fun Fun Fun Fest take place in the fall. However, some of these festivals lose that special “once-in-a-lifetime” feeling when overshadowed by other festivals. Some festivals that deserve just as much credit do not receive it. This is where BUKU festival steps in.

Located in New Orleans, La., the BUKU Music+Arts Project is an extremely progressive festival that started back in 2012 and got attention through an amazing initial lineup along with a blend of signature New Orleans culture. With two years under their belts, the guys at BUKU decided it is time to set the bar high this year and establish themselves as masters of the alternative festival experience.

In 2014, the BUKU music festival is going to be played on five unique stages that feel more like an industrial factory than a festival. The Power Plant stage, Float’s Den and the Ballroom are some of the most unique stages any festival can offer with an impeccable sound system that spectators will go crazy over. Along with the vibrant New Orleans setting, the place will truly be a one-of-a-kind experience that can only be experienced at BUKU.

The festival, even if it is still new and upcoming, has already established a type of music experience. Their lineups usually specialize in showcasing the world’s greatest EDM/Electronic artists, including well-known hip-hop and indie rock acts. This year is no different with headlining acts including the Flaming Lips, David Guetta and Ellie Goulding. Other artists that fans can get excited for would be legendary rappers Nas and Bone Thugs N’ Harmony, as well as current hip-hop leaders Pusha T, Chance the Rapper and Danny Brown.

Indie groups such as Wavves, Explosions in the Sky and Phantogram will also bring a bigger piece of the current music scene. Last but not least, EDM greats will once again take over the festival, with artists like Zedd, Chromeo, Kaskade and Baauer.

Overall,BUKU Music+Arts Project 2014 is an amazing opportunity for southern music lovers to experience an extremely underrated festival and create unforgettable memories. The festival will be hosted in New Orleans on March 21-22, and tickets are on sale now at their website.