COVID-19 forced BUKU Music + Art Project organizers to cancel their Spring 2020 festival. With plans of making a comeback in 2021, organizers, unfortunately, announced that due to ongoing COVID craziness, they would focus on returning in March 2022 for BUKU‘s 10-year anniversary blowout. However, because they couldn’t “wait that long to throw a party,” Winter Circle Productions, the masterminds behind BUKU, recently announced that the festival will return in October 2021… well, sorta.
BUKU: Planet B is a one-time-only Fall version of the Spring event that is aiming to celebrate the resiliency of New Orleans — ’cause one thing about the people of New Orleans: No matter what curveball is thrown our way, we’re gonna bounce back… and with a party!
On Tuesday (June 8), BUKU announced the full lineup of over 50 acts both internationally and locally known. Mainstream artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Machine Gun Kelly, Playboi Carti, and Pooh Shiesty will be performing — to name a few; And over 20 New Orleans acts will get a chance to shine across the festival’s stages, including Pell‘s Glbl Wrmng collective, who will be breaking its festival virginity.
Local rappers Jzzle and Treety are also on the bill. And If you’re looking to dance, talent like producer Kaytranada and local groove master himself, DJ ANTWIGADEE!, will be providing the soundtracks, along with other eclectic producers/artists. Peep a few familiar faces that I’m looking forward to seeing at Planet B and check out the full list of performers below!
Taking place October 22-23, 2021, Planet B will be held on the grounds of the Market Street Power Plant and the old TwiRoPa venue. According to the press release, the festival will feature multiple stages, art installations, street-artist performances, local graffiti artists, custom face painting, a marching band procession, a pop-up breakdancing crew, and “buku” surprises.
Not only are BUKU‘s event organizers dedicated to giving their audience a live, dope, and diverse experience, but they are also dedicated in promoting social justice and awareness. In 2020, BUKU partnered with Upbeat Academy, a non-profit that empowers New Orleans youth through modern music education, and launched the Take Action Project (“TAP”). So far, the project has raised over $10,000 for racial justice, voting rights, and environmental sustainability organizations. Read more about BUKU’s Social Responsibility Pledge.
Presale tickets to Planet B go on sale Thursday, June 10 at 10 a.m. CT. General tickets go on sale Monday, June 14 at 10 a.m. CT. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Upbeat Academy, so you’re partying with a cause!
If you’ve never been to BUKU and aren’t sure what to expect, check out my recaps from past BUKU experiences! ♥