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When to see Janet Jackson: Essence Fest 2018 announces schedule

Updated 3:22 PM; Posted 1:27 PM


By Melinda Morris


NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Janet Jackson will play the Main Stage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, July 8, at Essence Fest 2018, the festival announced today. The festival announced its nightly lineup for the fest, which is July 5-8. Mary J. Blige will headline Saturday night on the Main Stage.

Erykah Badu and Jill Scott play the Main Stage Friday. The festival includes four days of music, culture, empowerment and entertainment. The nighttime concerts will feature more than 40 acts and will take place across five stages at the Superdome.

Single-night tickets go on sale Thursday, April 5. For more information on the evening schedule of concerts, click here.


Essence Fest 2018: Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg headline


New additions to the lineup include: Ledisi, Serani, SWV (as part of Teddy Riley's New Jack Swing Experience) Jussie Smollett; KeKe Wyatt (as part of Kelly Price's "For the Love of R&B" curation); Lady of Rage, YoYo, and DJ Captain Charles (as part of Doug E Fresh's Legends of Hip Hop Show); Damien Escobar; Ella Mai; Lloyd; Louis York; Pell; Yanina; and for the first time ever, a special night of celebrating New Orleans Bounce headlined by Big Freedia, and featuring DJ Jubilee.

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