New York, NY (Top40 Charts / ESSENCE)
ESSENCE wants you to grab your squad and plan your trip as it announces its exhilarating initial talent line-up for the 2018 ESSENCE Festival, taking place July 5-8 in New Orleans. The nightly concert series keeps the spotlight on women, featuring electrifying headline performances from Janet
Jackson; Mary J. Blige; a headline set featuring Erykah Badu
and Jill Scott, with special guests Snoop Dogg
and many others in a special curation by The Roots; Xscape; Fantasia
and Miguel. *Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
This year's Festival will feature chart-topping names and inspiring experiences across four days of music, culture, empowerment and entertainment. The electric nighttime concerts will feature more than 40 acts and will take place across five stages at the Louisiana Superdome—including the Festival's renowned Mainstage and four intimate Superlounges. For the first-time, the Festival will also feature an ESSENCE Superlounge with a unique DJ-curated experience—with offerings by actor/DJ Idris Elba, MC Lyte and more. Also, for the first-time, the Festival welcomes an interactive music experience with The Read's Kid Fury and Crissle hosting a Superlounge.
*Artists scheduled to perform at the nightly ESSENCE Festival concerts over Fourth of July weekend at the Louisiana Superdome include: Janet
Jackson; Mary J. Blige; Erykah Badu
and Jill Scott, along with Snoop Dogg
and more in a special curation by The Roots; 112; Daniel
Caesar; D-Nice; Doug E. Fresh's Legends
of Hip-Hop Show featuring Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee and more; DVSN; Fantasia; H.E.R.; Idris Elba; Kelela; Kelly
Price's For The Love of R&B featuring Dave Hollister
and Vaughn Willis; Kevin
Ross; MAJOR.; Mali Music; Marsha Ambrosius; MC Lyte; Miguel; Mykia Jovan; Ro James; Teddy Riley's New Jack Swing Experience
featuring Wreckx-n-Effect, Blackstreet
and Guy; The Read's Kid Fury and Crissle; VICTORY, Xscape
and many more to be announced soon. Mainstage host: Roy Wood, Jr.
"In 2018, women are at the forefront of a seismic shift reverberating across the cultural landscape, and this movement comes to life for our community at the ESSENCE Festival," said Michelle Ebanks, President, Essence Communications. "Some of the most iconic female artists and powerhouse performers of this generation—Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Fantasia
and others—embrace ESSENCE and the Festival as a sacred space to entertain, inspire, revel in culture and be renewed."
Weekend ticket packages are on sale now with prices starting at $150. For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the ESSENCE Festival® visit EssenceFestival.com.
Join the Festival community: Follow us on Twitter @essencefest #EssenceFest and become a fan of Festival on Facebook. The 2018 ESSENCE Festival® is presented by Coca-Cola®. State
Farm is a major sponsor. ESSENCE Festival is executive produced by Essence Communications Inc., and produced by Solomon Group with the ESSENCE® Empowerment Experience
executive produced by GeChar.
*Artists subject to change.
About Essence Communications Inc.
Essence Communications is the number one media company dedicated to Black
women and inspires a global audience of more than 16 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, experiential and online, ESSENCE encompasses its signature magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; as well as live events, including Black
Women in Music, Black
Women in Hollywood, Street Style
and the ESSENCE Festival. Essence Communications is owned by Essence Ventures, an independent African-American owned company focused on merging content, community and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of women of color.