SZA, Smino Top a Tough Year at Buku

Buku 2018 was a bit of a dumpster fire. The new stage layout separated the Power Plant stage from the other stages by a train track which led to extreme traffic when a train passed through. Mid-performance injuries, delayed and disastrous shows, a  strange fire ignited across the river, and cancellations from Lil Uzi Vert, Ski Mask the Slump God, and Famous Dex were sadly part of this year's Buku story. Some artists came out hot; others were tired or sloppy. Here’s our look into the highs and lows of this year's Buku Fest.

Buku News: Alison Wonderland, Illenium, and New Thousand

The Buku Project starts Friday at Mardi Gras World with perhaps its most on-time lineup yet. Migos played Saturday Night Live on the weekend, and the band has five songs from Culture II in Billboard's Hot 100 (Little Xan, also playing, has one). Culture II is number three on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, which also includes Buku artists Lil Uzi Vert and SZA.

Lil Uzi Vert, Illenium, Noname Round Out Buku Lineup

The Buku Music and Art Project rounded out its lineup yesterday with the addition of Lil Uzi Vert, Illenium, Noname and another handful of names. The festival takes place March 9-10 at Mardi Gras World, and this year it rolled out its lineup in three phases. Late last year, Bassnectar, Migos, MGMT and SZA were among the dance and hip-hop artists already announced.

Buku 2017 Features Deadmau5, Travis Scott, Zeds Dead, Young Thug

Deadmau5, Travis Scott, Zeds Dead, Young Thug, Zhu, Tycho, Jauz, 21 Savage and Sleigh Bells are among the artists who’ll perform at the BUKU Music and Art Project March 10 and 11 at Mardi Gras World. Last year, BUKU focused on its core constituency—the electronic dance music audience—and had its strongest year yet.

#Mellogang: Join Or Die

#Mellogang poured into The Republic on Thursday in full force to see Marshmello. Tickets sold out and were reselling for upwards of $120, so The Republic was packed wall-to-wall. Marshmello must be doing something right if so many people are excited to see him, but I quickly learned the loyalty and scope of his fan base that night as they so easily tested the capacity of The Republic.

Marshmello Keeps It Mello

Marshmello hides his identity on and off the stage. In public, he always wears a white marshmallow-shaped helmet to hide his face, much like Daft Punk or Deadmau5 do during their performances. He also wears all white from head to toe to better resemble an actual marshmallow. The surface of his white marshmallow-shaped helmet is covered with LED lights, which extends the light show to his head! The elements of mystery and 'cuteness' of the marshmallow costume made is meteoric rise viral.

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