The headliners for the 2017 Essence Festival have been announced. As usual, the lineup is looking like a can’t miss thanks to headliners that include Mary J. Blige, who is currently in peak divorce struggle, and the great Diana Ross.
The festival goes down June 30-July 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Louisiana Superdome.
“This year’s Festival lineup puts women at the forefront of an incredible weekend of entertainment featuring more than 40 of the world’s most gifted artists and performers,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks via a press release. “It is an honor to welcome the inimitable Diana Ross to the Festival for the first time. Plus, Festival veteran Mary J. Blige is back to share ‘Strength of a Woman’ with her most passionate fans.”
Blige will be headlining her own night called ‘My Path to Strength’ that will not so coincidentally introduce her new album, Strength of a Woman.
In total the 23rd annual event will feature over 40 acts across five stages—the Mainstage and four intimate Superlounges. Those artists, with more to be announced in the coming months, include Chaka Khan, Doug E Fresh, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway, Master P, Michel’le, Solange, Teyana Taylor, The Jones Girls and more.
Tickets go on sale today (Friday, December 16). For more info about ticket sales and the latest news visit Essence Festival.