NEW ADDITIONS TO THE ALL-STAR TALENT LINEUP INCLUDE LEDISI, SERANI, JUSSIE SMOLLETT, SWV, YOYO, KEKE WYATT, BIG FREEDIA, LADY OF RAGE, LLOYD, DAMIEN ESCOBAR AND MORE


Single night tickets on sale today


April 5, 2018 (NEW YORK, NY)--The 2018 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®--now among the largest consumer live events in the nation--announces its all-star, night-by-night performance schedule for the Festival's concert series, taking place from July 6 to July 8 at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA. 

The night-by-night lineup is available here. Single-night tickets go on sale today.

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 Freediaand 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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The ESSENCE Festival® is executive produced by ESSENCE Festivals LLC, a division of ESSENCE Communications Inc., and is produced by Solomon Group. 

Sponsors of the 2018 ESSENCE Festival® in New Orleans include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors Ford,McDonald's, State Farm and Walmart.

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 MusicBlack Women in HollywoodStreet 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.