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Who’s Playing at BUKU Music + Art Project 2019? Here Are Our Guesses [Editorial]

With 2018 almost at an end, that means BUKU Music + Art Project will be here before we know it!  We’re getting a head-start on the BUKU hype with an artist prediction list, complete with information on the last time he/she/they played in New Orleans.

Who do you think will be playing at this year’s BUKU?

Artists that have never played in New Orleans:


BUKU is known for bringing some of the hottest and newest acts in music (example: Virtual Self in 2017, k?d in 2016). 1788-L hopped on the scene earlier this year and received backing and recognition from YourEDM, Brownies & Lemonade, and more. His aesthetic is very technical and glitchy, as is his sound. He has some music under his belt, including a collab with REZZ, but more seems to be in the works.

Petit Biscuit

Petit Biscuit just wrapped up an awesome 2018; he dropped an album, played Coachella, and went on a world tour, all at the ripe age of 18. Known for his hit “Sunset Lover,” the ethereal producer has a handful of get-your-attention tracks. Get familiar with him below.


FISHER, the charismatic party animal, skyrocketed in popularity this year and we FKN LOVE IT! He would love New Orleans, and New Orleans would love him. Just look at that smile.

Artists that played in 2017 and/or 2018 in New Orleans:


GRiZ played BUKU two years ago with Gramatik as GRiZMATIK, but hasn’t returned to BUKU since. We desperately need some funk in our lives. GRIZ took a short hiatus for 2018, but we are anticipating him to come back stronger than ever for 2019, especially since he just released two new songs.


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Alison Wonderland

Just because she was just here for her pop-up show at Republic NOLA, doesn’t mean she won’t return! While she was here, she opened with Lil Wayne, and even played some bounce music tunes. She thrived in NOLA, that’s for sure. While we’re not sure of her future plans in terms of music releases/touring, she definitely fits the bill!

RL Grime
RL Grime is a huge wishlist artist for myself. One major reason I believe he’s BUKU-bound for next year: the BUKU team used RL Grime’s track “Pressure” in their video preview! Plus, he hasn’t been in New Orleans since Voodoo 2017, where he threw down an amazingly spooky set, despite the cold. Check out his intro from Voodoo below.

Louis the Child

Louis the Child is another group that hasn’t been to New Orleans since Voodoo 2017. Everyone loves them for their upbeat, poppy tunes, and no one can beat their stage presence! They play shows here and there and are on a small tour at the moment, but currently, have no New Orleans in sight. Will they make their return for BUKU 2019?

San Holo

With a brand-new album under San Holo‘s belt and a full United States tour, it’s pretty obvious to notice that New Orleans isn’t anywhere on that list…yet. New Orleans loves San Holo, and the folks behind BUKU know this! Throwback to when he was at Republic NOLA last year… 

Post Malone

BUKU always books a handful of popular rap artists, and Post Malone hasn’t been in New Orleans since Voodoo 2017! You may remember everyone crammed at that tiny stage they booked him at… Since then, he’s blown up to super-stardom with a new album, and plenty of features. You can’t help but love the guy.

NGHTMRE b2b Slander

With the announcement of NGHTMRE and Slander’s new label Gud Vibrations, plus an entire b2b tour between the three guys, a stop in New Orleans is a must. BUKU always pulls through on b2b experiences, and this is one that just fits. NGHTMRE hasn’t been in the city since last year’s Fluer De Lit, and Slander since last September. Their return is long overdue!

Artists that played in 2016/beyond in New Orleans:


Ekali hasn’t been in New Orleans for TWO WHOLE YEARS, which is just absolute madness. He played in 2016 at Republic NOLA when he was still an up-and-coming artist but now, he is pretty solidified in the dance community. He’s known for his sick mashups and live edits.

G Jones

If Greg isn’t on the lineup for BUKU this year, I will be shocked! G Jones just released his extremely immersive album INEFFABLE TRUTH, and is also embarking on a 2019 tour. There just so conveniently happens to be no New Orleans anywhere on his current tour list, which definitely points to a G Jones set in the Float Den.


  • Flume

  • Skrillex

  • Tame Impala

  • Pretty Lights

  • Claude Vonstroke

  • Lil Wayne

Featured image via BUKU Facebook page. 

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