4. VIP S.S. Buku
One stage that had a clear advantage on this genre’s up-and-comers was the VIP S.S. Buku. This unique stage offered VIP attendees an opportunity to party right on the Mississippi River. Where the upstairs area of the boat is used as a spot to chill and grab refreshments, the downstairs was an underground-type stage where some of future bass’ biggest artists stepped up on the 1’s and 2’s. Day 1 saw highlights from Moving Castle’s Chet Porter, Daruma’s Andrew Luce and Ekali, which stopped boat access early on in the set due to overcrowding. Day 2 had just as good sets that included Pusher, Stelouse and a special set from Josh Pan, who brought out his homies k?d and Oshi to play b2b.
3. Float Den
If you weren’t VIP, there were still plenty of future bass artists to go around, especially floating around on the Float Den. This stage held some of the biggest names including San Holo, who played tracks from his Future Bass label, Bitbird. Cashmere Cat made a return to Buku that was one to remember, ending his set with a smooth remix of Usher’s ‘My Boo’. Other highlights came from TroyBoi bumpin’ his track “Afterhours”, REZZ giving an homage to Gessafelstein’s “Pursuit”, and Slushii hitting the crowd with his remix of Marshmello’s “Alone”.
2. Back Alley
Other stages saw a plethora of Future Bass artists as well, including Back Alley, where some of the most unique artists got to spin right next to the river. Whethan played his new track ‘Savage’ with Flux Pavillion, SOPHIE hit the crowd with “Lemonade” and Oshi threw down with his remix of Kali Uchi’s “Ridin’ Around.”
1. Power Plant
Power Plant, Buku’s main stage, saw a reputable member of this subgenre in none other than Lido. He stepped up to a live set and gave the New Orleans crowd something to talk about after Day 1. His use of percussion and melodic instruments, as well as his sultry voice, made their way in to every track he had prepared – including an insane remix of Alison Wonderland’s “Messiah”.