FINALLY After Months Of Waiting, The 2016 Essence Music Festival Lineup Is Announced!



This has been the LONGEST that ANYBODY has ever had to wait for the folks over at Essence to announce the lineup for the annual Essence Music Festival. I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter from fans wondering what the holdup is, because we usually hear something around mid January.

Now we know who will be taking over NOLA this 4th of July weekend. That’s right, one of the biggest national musical events, the annual Essence Music Festival, slated for June 30th- July 3rd, pulled a sneak attack and threw out a list of some of it’s headliners.

Last year’s festival brought some huge names in music, with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliottt, Usher, Erykah Badu, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and many more taking the stages, so get into who will be rocking the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this year…is it anybody that you want to see?

Headliners include Festival first-timer, Mariah Carey and Festival favorites, Maxwell and Charlie Wilson. We also see some people on this list who haven’t performed at the festival in a while, most notably Ciara, who hasn’t stepped foot on the EMF stage since her last performance in 2007.

Also confirmed to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include Andra Day, BJ The Chicago Kid, Cyril Neville, Daley, Dej Loaf, Digable Planets, Dumpstaphunk, Eric Bellinger, Estelle, Faith Evans, Jeremih, Jidenna, Judith Hill, Lady Leshurr, Lalah Hathaway, Leon Bridges, Lion Babe, Little Simz, Mali Music, MC Lyte, New Breed Brass Band, Robert Glasper Experiment, St. Beauty, The Brand New Heavies, The Internet, Tink, Tyrese, and V. Bozeman.

We’re not sure who will be performing on which night, or who will be kicking things off with the “Now Playing” concert, which has been introduced as the Thursday night festivities.

Acts will continuously be added to this already impressive list, so keep it locked on Concert Daily for all the updates. Although single day tickets aren’t available yet, you can buy the 3-day weekend package on Ticketmaster.

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