The 2016 ESSENCE Festival will be lit!
A slew of larger-than-life artists have been announced as confirmed performers: Mariah Carey, Maxwell, Ciara, Kendrick Lamar, Babyface, Tyrese, Charlie Wilson, Faith Evans, New Edition, as well as Jeremih, Leon Bridges, The Internet, Dej Loaf, Lion Babe, and Tink to name a few…and that’s just the first round!
The stars will perform across five stages over four nights in New Orleans, LA, from June 30 to July 3 for the 22nd annual celebration.
“The ESSENCE Festival is back in New Orleans with an extraordinary roster of the biggest names and best performers in entertainment—from global music icons to the industry’s rising stars,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “We are welcoming Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey and Maxwell to headline the Superdome main stage. In addition, we will be embracing newcomers like Leon Bridges, Jeremih, Lion Babe, Dej Loaf and The Internet, as well as fan favorite Charlie Wilson for the ultimate cultural experience in New Orleans this July 4th weekend.”
The artists confirmed to perform at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include BJ The Chicago Kid, Charlie Wilson, Ciara, Cyril Neville, Daley, DeJ Loaf, Digable Planets, Doug E. Fresh, Eric Bellinger, Estelle, Faith Evans, Jeremih, Jidenna Judith Hill, Kelly Price, Kendrick Lamar, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Lady Leshurr, Lalah Hathaway, Leon Bridges, Lion Babe, Little Simz, Mali Music, Mariah Carey, Maxwell, MC Lyte, New Breed Brass Band, New Edition, Robert Glasper Experiment, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, St. Beauty, The Brand New Heavies, The Internet, Tyrese, Tink and V. Bozeman.
In addition, the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans will present its first-ever World Music Superlounge, featuring artists from across the globe, including performers Wizkid, Zakes Bantwini and Skye Wanda representing Durban, South Africa (in partnership with the eThekwini Municipality).
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More performers will be announced soon!