ESSENCE Festival 2018 Announces Night-by-Night Performance Schedule


It’s going down in N’awlins this July at the 2018 ESSENCE Festival.

The annual 3-day event, which is among the largest consumer live events in the nation, has announced the all-star night-by-night performance schedule. The festival’s concert series is taking place from July 6 to July 8 at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

New additions to the lineup include: Ledisi, Serani, SWV (as part of Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing Experience) Jussie Smollett; KeKe Wyatt (as part of Kelly Price’s “For the Love of R&B” curation); Lady of Rage, YoYo, and DJ Captain Charles (as part of Doug E Fresh’s Legends of Hip Hop Show); Damien Escobar; Ella Mai; Lloyd; Louis York; Pell; Yanina; and for the first time ever, a special night of celebrating New Orleans Bounce headlined by Big Freedia, and featuring DJ Jubilee.

Previously announced talent include headliners Janet Jackson; Mary J. Blige; Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and more in a special curation by The Roots; and Snoop Dogg.

The A-list nighttime concerts will feature more than 40 acts across five stages in the Superdome throughout the weekend on the festival’s renowned Mainstage and in the intimate Superlounges.

Roy Wood Jr., from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will return as the Mainstage host, with more surprise guest performances to be announced. The legendary D-Nice will also keep the Mainstage music going for the weekend.

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