2011 was an impressive year for local electronic-leaning entertainment house Winter Circle Productions. In addition to growing their monthly BASSIK showcase – which hosts up-and-coming dubstep DJs from all over the world – into one of the hottest recurring tickets in New Orleans, WCP was behind some of the biggest and most exciting concerts of the year, bringing Pretty Lights, Lykke Li, Cut Copy and many other electro and not-necessarily electro acts to town in the last 12 months.
And they are wasting no time making a splash in 2012, announcing the lineup for their recently unveiled Buku Music and Art Project, the newest addition to what is becoming an increasingly diverse ecosystem of weekend music festivals setting up shop on the Gulf Coast. The two day event will take place March 17 and 18 in and around Mardi Gras World with a roster that reads like a who’s who of electronica and underground hip-hop. Not dead, Grammy-nominated dubstep wunderkind Skrillex takes top billing, with the likes of SBTRKT, Yelawolf, Big Gigantic, Holy Fuck, Wiz Khalifa, Diplo, and Mississippi phenom Big K.R.I.T. rounding out the huge lineup.
If those dates sound familiar, it’s because Buku will invade the New Orleans Riverfront just as the music portion of South by Southwest reaches it’s climax in Austin, TX. In what may appear to be a curious scheduling choice until you realize the annual SXSW Conference has run almost completely unopposed for decades, Buku is already shaping up to be the perfect counter-programming for those disinclined to head west; and with such a stacked bill it’s sure to catch the attention of some of the beatnuts headed east for Miami’s Winter Music Conference the following week.
Early bird packages sold out almost instantly, but VIP passes and plenty of discounted presale tickets are still available.