Essence Festival lineup includes Blige, Elliott, Nas

Essence Festival

BLACK PR WIRE

The Essence Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary during Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans.

This year’s schedule will feature more than artists from across the globe. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

The three-night concert series at the Louisiana Superdome will include Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, NAS, H.E.R., Anthony Hamilton, Big Freedia, Davido, Doug E. Fresh, Frankie Beverly, Jermaine Dupri, Ledisi, MC Lyte, Morris Day, Musiq Soulchild, Pharrell Williams, Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike (RBRM), Sheila E., Teddy Riley, Teyana Taylor, Timbaland, and VanJess. It will be hosted by Loni Love. Music will be by D-Nice.

Additional performers include 702, AlunaGeorge, ALX, Amanda Black, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Brownstone, Celeste Ntuli, City Girls, El Debarge, Elle Varner, Erica Falls, EU, Force MDs, Ginuwine, Jacquees, Koryn Hawthorne, Lucky Daye, Mase, Nao, Nigel Hall, Normani, Queen Naija, Rakim, Rayvanny, Sauti Sol, Scarface, Talk Box, Tellaman, Vanessa Mdee, and Water Seed.

There also will be a live album recording by PJ Morton with Jojo, Luke James, Mia X, Pell and The Hamiltones.

“When the Essence Festival was founded 25 years ago, it marked a pivotal moment of vision and reverence – a critical acknowledgement of and investment in the power of our culture,” said Michelle Ebanks, Chief Executive Officer of Essence Communications.

“In the years since, it has set a standard that many other festivals have aspired to, and today, the Essence Festival has grown to represent an annual homecoming for Black artists from across the globe. In honor of our 25th anniversary, nearly 30 artists per night over three epic nights will come together to mount the world’s largest and most extraordinary cultural celebration. To one and all, we say, ‘Welcome to Essence. Welcome home.’”

Weekend ticket packages are on sale now with prices starting at $185. For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the festival, visit Essence.com/festival.


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