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In the whirlwind of lineup announcements, BUKU Music & Arts Festival revealed their final additions earlier this week. If you aren’t familiar with BUKU, think wild house party meets urban culture and music. If you’re into that (and who wouldn’t be), you’re #TOOBUKU.

BUKU is an Art and Music Festival that takes place every March in New Orleans, Louisiana. The city alone has a draw for visitors, but the uniqueness this festival brings is unparalleled. The fest is located right alongside the river, just a short distance from the infamous French Quarter. Winter Circle Productions and the BUKU Team combined music, art and urban life to create a ground site for the festival that is like no other. A walk through the area the festival takes place is a mecca of art that features art installations, a live graffiti gallery and much more.

Not only is BUKU visually aesthetic, so is the talent booked. BUKU is the perfect mixture of Hip-Hop and EDM. Life Backstage has narrowed down the impressive lineup to five must see artists of BUKU 2017.


This young electronic producer is a must see at BUKU. Who is he you may ask? He is the next big thing. His Daft Punk remix hit over a million plays and put him into the electronic music radar. Beyond his remixes, K?D has released original tracks “Somewhere Far From Here”, “Discover”, and “Birth of The Universe”. Don’t forget to pick your jaw up off the floor after you’ve checked this prodigy out at the Float Den during BUKU.


 Vince Staples

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Prominent rapper in the Hip-Hop community, Vince Staples joins us at BUKU performing at the Ballroom Stage. Staples, a California native, ties together social injustices with his rhymes. Growing up, Staples witnessed gangs and the activity surrounding them, this would later lead to some of the inspiration behind his music. Vince Staples brings an energy that is contagious and continuous which landed him a spot on our must see list.


Hailing from Vancouver, Ekali delivers the heat and a side of fire that we don’t ever want to extinguish. Ekali is a major mover in the music industry; not only does he produce his own tracks, he is able to claim two writing credits with rapper Drake’s chart-topping album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Making moves and making beats, your trap arms will never see your side at his set. Snag a BUKU VIP ticket and get access to the S.S. BUKU, the boat that Ekali’s beats will set aflame.

Run The Jewels

Futuristic thoughts and hip-hop. The duo, El-P and Killer Mike, is killin’ the game with their ridiculously hot rhymes. Killer Mike has ties with Outkast, Goodie Mob, Future and Cee-Lo from back in his heyday when he worked with the Dungeon Family. El-P hails from Brooklyn and adds his East Coast flair to their music. The rap game Run The Jewels is making waves with intellectuals and music lovers all the same. With influences from heavy funk/soul, you will find Run The Jewels situated at the Power Plant stage.

Shiba San B2B Justin Jay

As David Bowie once said, “House Every Weekend”, BUKU hooked us up this year with some killer B2B sets, including Shiba San B2B Justin Jay at the Back Alley stage. Both have released music from Claude Vonstroke’s Dirtybird label and have created a name for themselves in the realm of house music. Don’t sleep on this legendary set, it is true that the (dirty)bird gets the worm and your feet will “Burn Like Fire” after showing the dance floor who’s a BUKU boss.

In addition to the stages with the headliners and artists, you and your BUKrewe can check out the Front Porch stage area to catch some curated showcases including the following; Saint Heron, Dohm Collective, UpBeat Academy, Techno Club, The New Movement, Bayou International Soundsystem and the Community Records Showcases.

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