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Essence Festival 2022 is back and better than ever!

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Essence Festival of Culture presented by Coca-Cola is back and the lineup is crazy!

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Here’s your ultimate guide to one of the summer’s best events currently heating up New Orleans!

Essence Fest

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Essence Fest

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Essence Festival started in 1995 as a one-off event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence Magazine and grew into what it is today after 27 years of great success. Hundreds of thousands of guests flock to the city of New Orleans each July to enjoy an experience of a lifetime.

Essence Fest

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Presented by Coca-Cola, the Essence Festival of Culture promotes, celebrates and explores health and wellness, spirituality, beauty and style, food, community and culture, entertainment, entrepreneurship and much more within the African American community.

Visitors to the festival can participate in panel discussions, shopping, meet & greets, comedy shows, activities and last but not least live music concerts. If you’re into just about any genre of music, Essence Fest has you covered as they feature some of the best in R&B, soul, funk, gospel and hip-hop every year.

Essence Fest

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Essence Fest

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This year’s line-up consists of the following artists:

– Janet Jackson

– Nicki Minaj

– Kevin Hart

– Lauryn Hill

– Jazmine Sullivan

– Lucky Daye

– New edition

– The Isely Brothers

– The Roots & Friends

– Summer hiker

– City girls

– D-Nice & Friends

and more!

Because health is wealth, Essence Fest 2022 requires proof of Covid vaccination OR a Covid negative test for entry to all venues. Covid tests must come from a testing facility – home test results will not be accepted.

Essence Fest

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Essence Fest

Source: Paras Griffin / Getty Images for ESSENCE

Essence Fest

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Once you’re covid free, it’s time for some fun! The day experience at Essence Festival is free and open to everyone. There is no entrance fee to attend or participate in any of the activities at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. In addition, there are several sponsor lounges, events, popups, and more in downtown New Orleans that are free and open to the public.

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The activations

This year, Essence integrated a Men’s Experience, “In His Zone”, designed for men of all ages. The space offers panels that touch on money, fatherhood, relationships, love, health, travel, fashion and sports! “In His Zone” is a brotherly atmosphere that promotes fun, freedom and community, so if your man comes to the NO with you, make sure he registers to attend.

Essence Fest

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Essence Fest

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While people usually don their best outfits and bring fashion to the festival, you still want to keep it comfortable because there is a lot of walking involved. There are plenty of photo opportunities to build content with or just keep as a keepsake. From interactive activations, celebrity guests to black private sellers, there is sure to be something available for everyone.

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the concerts

If you want to attend the concerts, you can buy a day ticket or a weekend ticket.

Essence Fest

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Purchasing an Essence Fest ticket gives you access to all the mainstage and superlounge performances for that evening. It is highly recommended to buy tickets in advance as tickets usually sell out depending on the artist.

Essence Fest

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Once the daytime fun is over, the nighttime festivities begin and the Superdome comes alive! The all-star Essence Fest lineup opens daily at 6:00 PM and kicks off with some of the best in R&B, hip-hop, funk, gospel and soul. Shows can be seen on the mainstage or superlounge, as performances and concerts take place in the Dome throughout the evening. It is highly recommended to arrive early for all superlounge performances as they have capacity restrictions.

Essence Fest

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What exactly is the difference between a Mainstage and a Superlounge? The mainstage performances embody the full concert experience with legendary artists whose music spans generations. The super lounge performances are held throughout the Superdome in a more intimate and casual setting. General admission style, these concerts have no reserved seating and are available on a first come, first served basis. Emerging and popular new artists usually take to the stages of super lounges.

Essence Fest

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Essence Fest

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