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BUKU Music + Art Project announces all-star, diverse lineup for 2020

The BUKU Music and Art Project is celebrating their 8th year in 2020. See which local and international artists are headed to NOLA and how you can get early access.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Buku Music + Art Project has been canceled. Here is a message from their team. I look forward to Buku 2021.

The BUKU Music and Art Project is celebrating their 8th year in 2020. You can catch various local and international artists at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans on March 20th and 21st.


The BUKU Music + Art Project has announced their official artist lineup for 2020 and they did what they had to do! As per usual, they are bringing heavy hitters from a variety of musical backgrounds to Mardi Gras World including Tyler, The Creator, Flume, Illenium, Glass Animals, Run The Jewels, Alison Wonderland, Zeds Dead, Kaytranada, Megan Thee Stallion, Charli XCX, Roddy Rich, Flatbush Zombies, Taking Back Sunday, and many more.

You can always rely on BUKU to have one of the most diverse artist lineups plus they always incorporate and support local talent. This year BUKU will be showcasing New Orleans artists Bouffant Bouffant; Treety; Mhadi G; Malik Ninety Five; Raise the Death Toll; Lady Lavender B2B Edgar Allan Po’ Boy; DJ Heelturn; and a showcase from Upbeat Academy student-artists.

Who are you most excited to see perform at the 2020 BUKU Music + Arts Project? Comment and let me know!


BUKU is the creative intersection of an underground warehouse party and major urban music festival fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with: a real-time Live Graffiti Gallery featuring local painters, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, celebrated local cuisine, and “pop-up” street-style performances. The event features five stages, each with its own unique vibe ranging from a projection-mapped dilapidated “Power Plant” to the “Float Den” housing the city’s signature Mardi Gras parade floats, and sits on a unique festival site along the Mississippi River just a short distance from New Orleans’ famed French Quarter.

In addition to showcasing the vibrant culture of New Orleans, BUKU is an inclusive celebration of
acceptance, compassion and encouragement. The organizers and the BUKREWE community practice a zero-tolerance policy for: “sexual harassment, acts of aggression, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, religious bigotry… or any other form of hatred or discrimination. BUKU is intended to be a safe space to enjoy music, art, expression and community in complete freedom from any harassment or discrimination.” BUKU has stated the following ethos on its website: “We Believe in Those Who Strive to be Dope. Originality, Creativity, Freedom and Community is Our Anthem.”


Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 13th at 10 a.m. CT. and don’t forget, the event is 17+. The festival will again offer payment plans for all ticket types, allowing fans to pay for their tickets in four installments with a 10% down payment.

Ticket pricing is as follows:

General Admission: Access to all days of BUKU. Entry includes access to the main lineup, food and drink vendors, and custom-made art installations.

  • 2-Day Pass – $190 + fees

GA Plus: You have the chance to get a little closer to the action. You’re basically a regular GA with a VIP view! You get access to the general admission areas of the event plus access to the VIP viewing areas at the main stages.

  • 2-Day Pass – $275 + fees

VIP: Access to premium viewing areas at the main stages, access to VIP-only sets at a special location on-site, a limited edition BUKU poster, access to the VIP-only BUKU Rooftop near the main stage, a quicker festival entrance, am exclusive 2020 BUKU t-shirt, and more.

  • 2-Day Pass – $375 + fees

VIP 21+: Same perks as mentioned in VIP except you have access to the open bar plus a commemorative reusable cup!

  • 2-Day Pass – $475 + fees

Too Buku: All the perks of the VIP pass along with access to the BUKU waiter service that hand delivers fest food and drinks to you, access to the Grand Oaks Artist Mansion, free access to the BUKU crawfish boil, access to a license massage therapist on-site, guest-listed to one BUKU 2020 after party of your choice, and more.

  • 2-Day Pass – $650 + fees

Purchase tickets at The 2020 festival will also continue its support of the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production, as a portion of ticket proceeds benefit the local arts initiative.  


Don’t want to wait until the 13th? You can also sign-up for pre-sale which starts on Thursday, December 12th at 10 a.m. CT. Fans also have the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets via American Express or Tunespeak. The AMEX presale starts Thursday, December 12 at 8AM CT and is open to all American Express Card Holders. The Tunespeak presale starts Thursday, December 12 at 10AM CT and customers can sign up for access at Both presales end Friday, December 13 at 9:30 AM CT prior to the general on-sale beginning at 10 AM CT.

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