Janet Jackson Will Headline The 2018 Essence Festival

The 2018 Essence Festival announced the lineup for its nightly concert series, featuring headliners Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige and Fantasia.

The annual festival will be take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It will be held  July 5-8 and will be spotlighting women through music, culture, empowerment and entertainment.

Over 40 great acts will be part of the Essence Festival this weekend.

“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,” Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications, said in a news release. “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.”

Artists scheduled to perform so far also include Erykah 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; H.E.R.; Idris Elba; Kelela; Kelly Price’s For The Love of R&B featuring Dave Hollister and Vaughn Willis; Kevin Ross; MAJOR.; Mali Music; Marsha 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 and Xscape.

Weekend ticket packages are on sale now with prices starting at $150. For information and to purchase tickets, visit EssenceFestival.com.