ESSENCE Fest 2018: Janet Jackson, The Roots, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Miguel, Erykah Badu, XSCAPE, Daniel Caesar, Fantasia, Snoop, H.E.R., Queen Latifah, SWV & More...See The Full List!

ESSENCE

Rachaell Davis Jan, 25, 2018

ESSENCE Festival is back and our 2018 performance line up is on fire! Scroll through to get a look at some of the artists who will be hitting the stage for our annual 3-day extravaganza celebrating Black culture through music, film, art, politics, food, fashion and empowerment, July 6-8 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

More names to be announced!

Click HERE to get your tickets. See you in NOLA!

1 of 49 ESSENCE

2 of 49 ESSENCE

3 of 49 ESSENCE

4 of 49 ESSENCE

5 of 49 ESSENCE

6 of 49

ESSENCE

7 of 49 ESSENCE

8 of 49

ESSENCE

From a DJ set by Idris Elba, to unforgettable performances from Ella Mai, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, Jussie Smollett, H.E.R., Kelela and many more, you won't be disappointed with all the new faces making their ESSENCE Festival debut this year.

9 of 49 ESSENCE

10 of 49 ESSENCe

11 of 49 ESSENCE

12 of 49 ESSENCE

13 of 49 ESSENCE

14 of 49 ESSENCE

15 of 49 ESSENCE

16 of 49 ESSENCE

17 of 49 ESSENCE

18 of 49 ESSENCE

19 of 49

ESSENCE

20 of 49 ESSENCE

21 of 49 ESSENCE

22 of 49 ESSENCE

23 of 49 ESSENCE

24 of 49 ESSENCE

25 of 49 ESSENCE

26 of 49 ESSENCE

In addition to our very own ESSENCE "Yes, Girl!" podcast making their ESSENCE Fest debut, we're also excited to welcome The Read podcast to the Festival for the very first time.

27 of 49 ESSENCE

28 of 49 ESSENCE

29 of 49 ESSENCE

30 of 49 ESSENCE

31 of 49 ESSENCE

32 of 49 ESSENCE

33 of 49 ESSENCE

34 of 49

ESSENCE

35 of 49 ESSENCE

36 of 49

ESSENCE

In addition to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah's Roy Wood Jr. returning as host of this year's Festival for the second year in a row, Doug E. Fresh will also kick off the mainstage each night, while DJ D-Nice will hold down the turntables.

37 of 49 ESSENCE

38 of 49 ESSENCE

39 of 49 ESSENCE

40 of 49 ESSENCE

41 of 49 ESSENCE

42 of 49 ESSENCE

43 of 49 ESSENCE

44 of 49 ESSENCE

45 of 49 ESSENCE

46 of 49 ESSENCE

47 of 49 ESSENCE

48 of 49 ESSENCE

49 of 49 ESSENCE