Essence has announced its highly anticipated list of performers for 2018 EssenceFest, scheduled for July 5-8 in New Orleans. Headliners include Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. The remaining list represents a mixture of talented artists, across multiple eras of music, from the 90’s to the present.

EssenceFest, held annually since 1995, is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States. It typically includes four days of culture, workshops, empowerment and entertainment. During the evenings, concerts are performed that take place across five different stages in the Louisiana Superdome; headlining acts and major artists are featured on the main stage, while the smaller and/or lesser-known artists are showcased in the various lounges within the facility. This year, D-Nice will make his first appearance as the Mainstage DJ, joining returning Mainstage Host, Roy Woods Jr.

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If you’re interested in attending this year, we suggest that you move quickly! Weekend ticket packages are on sale now, with prices starting at $150. For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about EssenceFest, visit On social media, you can also follow the festival on Facebook or on Twitter, using the Twitter handle @essencefest or the hashtag #EssenceFest.

Here is a full list of the artists that are confirmed to be performing and/or participating, so far (more artists might be added in the coming weeks):

  • Janet Jackson
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Erykah Badu
  • Idris Elba
  • Jill Scott
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Fantasia
  • Miguel
  • Daniel Caesar
  • H.E.R.
  • The Roots
  • 112
  • Kelela
  • Blackstreet
  • Guy
  • Wreckx-N-Effect
  • Kelly Price
  • DVSN
  • Marshia Ambrosius
  • Major
  • MC Lyte
  • The Read
  • Dave Hollister
  • Mali Music
  • Doug E. Fresh
  • Ro James
  • Mykia Jordan
  • Vaughn Willis

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