The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has announced its 2020 line-up that includes The Who, Foo Fighters, The Beach Boys, Lizzo, Maggie Rogers, Stevie Nicks, and Lionel Ritchie, among others.
Jazz Fest has been a fixture of New Orleans since the inaugural event since 1970, hosting a diverse set of artists that span genres and eras, as well as local heroes.
This year’s line-up is better than ever, with iconic acts like Nile Rodgers & Chic, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The Isley Brothers, Kool & The Gang and Elvis Costello & The Imposters are joined by Jenny Lewis, Dead & Company, The Avett Brothers, The Black Crowes, and Of Monsters & Men.
Despite its eclectic line-up, the festival also includes a number of jazz acts, from Chick Corea, Norah Jones, Jon Batiste, to NOLA natives like Big Freedia, Aaron and Cyril Neville, Irma Thomas and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, among others.
There’s also a number of hip-hop and R&B heavy hitters on the bill including Erykah Badu, Wu-Tang Clan and HER.
A special Wu-Tang Clan set will feature NOLA’s Soul Rebels brass band, with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux appearing with the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians.
The full line-up of artists will perform over the course of two long weekends, first from 23 April to 26 April, and then from 30 April to 3 May.
As thousands descend upon the sprawling festival grounds of the New Orleans’ Fair Grounds Race Course, the talent is spread out over 14 stages and over 650 bands.
“Celebrating 51 years, Jazz Fest continues to showcase the most important names in music both locally and nationally,” reads an official statement. “Celebrating decades of musical and cultural memories, Jazz Fest stands alone in presenting the highest calibre artists in such varied genres as gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, R&B, Cajun, country, zydeco and much more.”
Single day tickets and weekend passes go on sale to the general public starting today (16 January).
Visit the festival’s official site to view the full line-up and ticket details.