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ESSENCE wants you to grab your squad and plan your trip as it announces its exhilarating initial talent line-up for the 2018 ESSENCE Festival July 5-8 in New Orleans. The nightly concert series keeps the spotlight on women, featuring headline performances from Janet JacksonMary J. Blige; a headline set featuring Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, with special guests Snoop Dogg and many others in a special curation by The Roots; Xscape; Fantasia and Miguel.

This year’s Festival will feature chart-topping names and inspiring experiences across four days of music, culture, empowerment and entertainment. The electric nighttime concerts will feature more than 40 acts and will take place across five stages at the Louisiana Superdome — including the Festival’s renowned Mainstage and four intimate Superlounges. For the first-time, the fest will feature a Superlounge with a unique DJ-curated experience—with offerings by actor/DJ Idris Elba, MC Lyte and an interactive music experience with The Read’s Kid Fury and Crissle.

*Artists scheduled to perform at the nightly  over Fourth of July weekend include: Janet JacksonMary J. BligeErykah Badu and Jill Scott, along with Snoop Dogg and more in a special curation by The Roots; 112; Daniel Caesar; D-Nice; Doug E. Fresh’s Legends of Hip-Hop Show featuring Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee and more; DVSN; Fantasia; H.E.R.; Idris Elba; Kelela; Kelly Price’s For The Love of R&Bfeaturing Dave Hollister and Vaughn WillisKevin Ross; MAJOR.; Mali MusicMarsha Ambrosius; MC Lyte; Miguel; Mykia Jovan; Ro James; Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing Experience featuring Wreckx-n-Effect, Blackstreet and Guy; The Read’s Kid Fury and Crissle; VICTORY, Xscape and more. Roy Wood Jr. will be the Mainstage host.

“In 2018, women are at the forefront of a seismic shift reverberating across the cultural landscape, and this movement comes to life for our community at the ESSENCE Festival,” said Michelle Ebanks, President, Essence Communications. “Some of the most iconic female artists and powerhouse performers of this generation — Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Fantasia and others—embrace ESSENCE and the Festival as a sacred space to entertain, inspire, revel in culture and be renewed.”

2018 ESSENCE Festival Line-Up Announced was originally published on atlantadailyworld.com

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