Buku 2020 Includes Tyler the Creator, Flume, Megan Thee Stallion

The BUKU Music and Art Project returns March 20 and 21, 2020 with Tyler, the Creator, Flume, and Illenium headlining the festival. BUKU is consistently good at keeping its finger on the year’s most relevant acts. The festival channels Gen Z rage and angst into its booking, straddling hip-hop, electronic, and all things between and adjacent, while briefly dipping its toes into punk rock. 

When Will Voodoo Have More Female Headliners?

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience isn’t actively improving the number of women it books. The gender breakdown of the festival this year isn’t moving in the wrong direction, but it isn’t moving in the right direction either. Voodoo is doing slightly better than Buku, and slightly worse than Jazz Fest, but is in basically the same place as last year. 

What TIme Makes Sense for Janelle Monáe?

On the Saturday of Voodoo last October, I trekked through the mud by myself to see Janelle Monáe’s 5:30 p.m. set. I wasn’t interested in getting close and hung back where the crowd was still porous, with plenty of room to dance. I was unprepared for the crowd’s intense enthusiasm and fluency in her music, and it quickly became clear that these were not fans who simply happened upon her set. They came to Voodoo Fest specifically for her.

Playing with Fyre

Two documentaries on 2017’s disastrous Fyre Festival failed to crack the nut that is Billy McFarland. Neither Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened explain how McFarland managed to float the financing to make the festival look like it might actually happen, though in reality, it doesn’t sound like it was ever close.

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