Janet Jackson, New Edition, Nicki Minaj, And More To Headline Essence Festival

The festival is set for June 30-July 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Janet Jackson - Photo: Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images
Janet Jackson - Photo: Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images

Essence has announced the return of the ESSENCE Festival of Culture, taking place June 30 – July 3rd 2022 in New Orleans under the theme, “It’s The Black Joy For Me.” Headliners include Janet Jackson, Ghostface Killah, Nicki Minaj, Wizkid, New Edition, and more.

Other performers include TEMS, Beenie Man, Mickey Guyton, Method Man, Raekwon, Patti Labelle, Stephanie Mills, City Girls, The Roots, D Nice, The Isley Brothers, Summer Walker, and Jazmine Sullivan. Kevin Hart will kick off the weekend on Thursday, June 30 with a show at the Smoothie King Center.

Hailed as the Super Bowl of culture and the ultimate multi-generational experience, Essence also recently the Festival’s nightly Superdome schedule, with each night welcoming some of the biggest names in entertainment to the stage. Single-night tickets are now available.

“As the nation’s largest festival by per day attendance, the Essence Festival of Culture is a staple that celebrates community and empowers equity. We are excited to welcome the family back live to New Orleans and thrilled to connect with more of our diasporic family through new digital experiences,” said Essence CEO Caroline Wanga.

“Whether it be those that have three years of outfits reflective of the Festival tradition that was disrupted by the pandemic, or those who will have their inaugural Festival experience in 2022, all are invited to immerse in the crown jewel of culture known as the Essence Festival of Culture. Our almost three-decade relationship with the City of New Orleans has been critical to the fiber of the Festival and we fully recognize and appreciate the City and its citizens for all they do to create memorable experiences for all attendees.

“Lastly, it is critical that we understand that what we deliver with this Festival—live and virtually—also impacts Black economic inclusion. The ability to have those that benefit from this be Black businesses is my favorite manifestation of our 2022 Festival theme, ‘It’s The Black Joy for Me.’ See you in July.”

Visit Essence’s official website for more information.

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