This year’s BUKU Music + Art Project was awesome! Despite some inclement weather, the festival and its Buku Krewe have done it again to give New Orleans not only another music festival but an experience to be around positive like minded music lovers from all demographics turning up and becoming Too Buku together. Buku Fest set a new record of selling out their two day festival at 30,000 attendees and you can definitely feel the energy on the festival grounds on both days. A major part of Buku’s success is it’s ability to book top acts in rap & EDM and this year they did not hold back as headliners like Future, Kid Cudi, Pretty Lights, Chvrches, Kehlani, Juvenile, Mystikal, Rae Sremmurd, Asap Ferg, & Fetty Wap were all there just to name a few. It was quite difficult for the TWALIFE Crew to cover the whole event this year as we were down one man, only had one camera, and did not get photo credentials in time to have access to the photo pits. However despite our situation, we were truly grateful that the krewe over at Buku gave us access to the festival anyways.
From entry we got to see our New Orleans Native Alfred Banks perform which was cool. Then we caught the kid Post Malone as he opened up the festival and was able to setup the engery for the rest of the evening. Next we swung on DJ Soul Sister who had the crowd turnt with the classics. You can check out her interview with us after the jump. Immediately after we rushed to go get our place to see the New Orleans Legends set with Juvenile & Mystikal, which was of course great show. We then stopped by to see Big Freedia’s pop up soul-food stand, which was awesome! The beat plus the greens was the perfect combination! The queen diva had also one of the illest shirts I seen representing the soul-food culture. Being the big soul-food eater that I am I was totally sold.
Then we quickly went to catch the dopeness over at the Buku Boutique to see the limited dope collab Buku Fest did with hometown brand Like Sushi. From what I heard, they sold out on the first day which is awesome. Big ups to them for the collab was ill.
After we just tried to fill in to catch the epicness of Kid Cudi close out the night of Day 1. Day 2 consisted of us catching the sets of Earl Sweatshirt and Casey Veggies. Then we headed to get our spot for Kehlani, which was a good show. We had to miss our homie Asap Ferg though, to secure our spot for no one other than Future of course. It was a tough decision to make but glad we did. The crowd had grew so large for his set it, it would have been hella difficult for us to snag a photo of ATL native. The whole experience was dope as shit!
You can check out the photos @souffwes was able to capture below. We promise next year, we will be better prepared, but until then…Peace & Buku! Coolery!