Mariah Carey, Maxwell, Kendrick Lamar to Headline 2016 ESSENCE Festival, Plus Full Lineup Announced!


Who’s ready to go back to New Orleans this summer!

Well, if you weren’t before, you probably will be now. ESSENCE has officially announced the lineup for their anticipated 22nd Annual Essence Music Festival, taking place in New Orleans, LA from June 30 to July 3.

The all-star lineup kicks off with headliners Mariah Carey, Maxwell and Kendrick Lamar, who will take the main stage during the nighttime concerts at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

“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.”

Additional artists confirmed to perform at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include: BJ The Chicago Kid, Ciara, Cyril Neville, Daley, Digable Planets, Doug E. Fresh, Eric Bellinger, Estelle, Faith Evans, Jidenna, Judith Hill, Kelly Price, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Lady Leshurr, Lalah Hathaway, Little Simz, Mali Music, MC Lyte, New Breed Brass Band, New Edition, Robert Glasper Experiment, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, St. Beauty, The Brand New Heavies, 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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