As New Orleans’ premiere springtime urban playground event, BUKU Music + Art Project seems to be doing something right. The event, which has just celebrated its eighth birthday this past weekend, seems to grow in size, scale, and influence with each passing year.

With a 2019 line-up that both turned heads and sold out its 20K-capacity space in inside Mardi Gras World in record time, BUKU is attracting A-list talent across the “EDM” and hip-hop spectrums and encourages them to bring their A-game with them. In a way, BUKU has become a spring pageantry of artists unleashing their most vaulted unreleased tracks from winter. 

The BUKU mainstage, which was re-designed to include two massive side-panel LED screens, played host to headline acts like Dog Blood, A$AP Rocky, GRiZ, Excision, and more. But the real news comes in the form of the many exciting IDs released with the crowd, the most of which came from NGHTMRE and SLANDER during their GUD VIBRATIONS set. The trio, which have just formed a label around GUD VIBRATIONS, delivered unreleased collaborations between Slander and Gryffin, Slander and A$AP Ferg, and Slander and Said The Sky.

Swiftly rising bass newcomer PEEKABOO also demolished the daytime mainstage with his new Bassnectar collaboratin, which was debuted at DejaVoom at the beginning of the month. Another quickly rising bass act, WHIPPED CREAM, also awed the crowd with her Marylin Manson mash-up.

Finally, RL Grime took to the mainstage to deliver his remix of G Jones‘ “In Your Head” for the first time. It’s no secret at RL Grime has been sitting on a treasure trove of new material lately, but this live edit took the crowd by storm. All in all, it was a weekend that had many festival goers who were not in attendance kicking themselves for not making the journey.

H/T: Riverbeats. Featured photo: aLive Coverage/BUKU Music + Arts Project. 

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Written by Ryan Morse

Information seeker. Dog lover. Ph.D. drop out. I'm probably at Bassnectar.