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The Lineup

  1. Missy Elliot
  2. Mary J Blige
  3. Jermaine Dupri
  4. Pharrell Williams
  5. Morris Day
  6. Timbaland
  7. Nas
  8. Teddy Riley
  9. Loni Love
  10. Anthony Hamilton
  11. Rakim
  12. Mase
  13. Jojo
  14. Big Daddy Kane
  15. Scarface
  16. PJ Morton
  17. Doug E. Fresh
  18. RBRM
  19. DJ D-Nice
  20. Ledisi
  21. Encore: Ay-Oh
  22. Mia X
  23. Ginuwine
  24. and more!
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Essence Music Festival Tickets

The 2019 Essence Music Festival is just around the corner, and now is the time to get your tickets at the best prices available!  The Essence Fesitval takes place in New Orleans, one of the hottest cities in the world for amazing live music.  The Big Easy consistently proves that it is among the best cities in the world for the music scene, and the Essence Music Festival is one of the biggest festivals of the entire summer.  Some of the biggest names in rap, soul and R&B will take the stage for this three day music festival, which is why so many fans are dying to get tickets.  With dozens of artists set to perform at the Essence Music Festival, tickets are moving quickly, so don't miss your chance to be there.  Get your Essence tickets from SelectATicket today!

Essence Music Festival History

The Essence Music Festival is also known as "the party with a purpose", and has been an annual festival in New Orleans.  Essence Music Festival started in 1995 as a one time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the magaize Essence, which was aimed primarily toward African American women.  Since then, Essence Music Festival is the largest event celebrating African American culture and music in the United States.  Locally, it's referred to as the Essence Fest and has been held in New Orleans since 1994, besides 2006, when it was held in Houston due to the impact on New Orleans from Hurricane katrina.  Essence Festival was also held in Durban, South Africa in 2016.  

Essence Festival features artist performing simultaneously, with some on the main stage and others performing on one of four standing room only superlounge stages.  With some of the biggest names in music, acting, and comedy performing, R&B and hip hop fans across the country drool over the thought of attending the Essence Music Festival themselves.  Fans make an entire trip out of the event, seeing as Essence is a three day experience and is always one of the most talked about music events in the country every year.  Legendary performers, today's hottest acts, and the biggest names of tomorrow all come together every year at the Essence Music Festival, and that makes Essence tickets in very high demand.

2019 Essence Festival Artists

The 2019 Essence Festival features some amazing performers.  This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Essence Festival.  Taking over Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans starting on Friday, July 5th, and running through Sunday, July 7th, take a look below at some of the names on the main stage and second stage at this years Essence Music Fesitval!

Main Stage Line Up

  • Missy Elliot
  • Mary J. Blige
  • NAS
  • H.E.R.
  • Jermaine Dupri
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Teyana Taylor
  • & many more!

2019 Essence Festival Superlounge Performers

  • City Girls
  • Elle Varner
  • Biz Markie
  • Mase
  • Ginuwine
  • Nao
  • Normai
  • and many more!


The 2019 Essence Festival is set to bring the flavor of the 90s to this years event, with special performances that celebrate the 25th anniversary of some of the best albums of the decade.  Essence also announced the official night by night peformance line up for its concert series taking place July 5-7 in New Orleans.  The 90's era of hip hop & R&B played a significantly role in global culture.  It set musical trends and the highest standards that allows artists to blossom as creators, visionaries and entrepreneurs.  With some of the legends of the last 25 years, they look to inspire a whole new generation of artists and fans, while entertaining the people who know the albums like the back of their hand.

Each "25th" set is being curated and perormed by the original artits, including Mary J. Blige's My Life, Nas' Illmatic, Brandy's Brandy, Scarface's Diary, Big Daddy Kane's Daddy's Home, Da Brat's Funkdafied, Slick Rick's Behind Bars, and Brownstone's From The Bottom Up.

The first night of Essence Fest will kick off with marquee performances from Missy Elliot, RBRM, and more.  Opening night will also include the 25th anniversary set being presented by Doug E. Fresh that will feature Brandy, Ledisi and Sheila E., MC Lyte, Morris Day, Former Members Of The New Power Generation, among others.

The Saturday night show is huge, with Mary J. Blige, Nas, H.E.R. and more, and 25th anniversay celebrations by some of the most influential names in rap, including Scarface, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, and more.

And closing Essence Music Festival on Sunday will feature a performance by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with a special tribute to Frankie Beverly delivered by Anthony Hamilton.  Also featured will be Jermaine Dupri's Atlanta focused curation with performances by Musiq Souldchild, Da Brat, Lil Jon and Dem Franchize Boyz.  Teddy Riley's Legends of Music Curation will also take place and includes Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Teyana Taylor, MAJOR, Ro James, and more.  There will also be a NOLA style bounce performance by Mannie Fresh and Big Freedia.

Each night of Essence Fest will be hosted by Loni Love and music by DJ D-Nice.

Essence Festival Experiences

Plenty more takes place at Essence Fest beyond musical acts.  The Essence Festival is known for free panels, workshops, and many different experiences every day throughout the weekend.  In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Essence Festival, Essence will revie its Beauty Carnival.  All weekend, fans in attendance will be able to learn from and meet some of the most popular beauty influencers and wellness experts.  The Beauty Carnival will also feature a Museum of Black Beauty, exclusive Essence marketplace shops and vendors, meet and greets, glo up stations, and much more!  Special guests confirmed include Wuzzam Supa, Felicia Walker, Christina Rice and many more.

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The 2019 Essence Fest is one of the most anticipated events of the year, and that has made tickets in extremely high demand.  From daily experiences and nightly concerts, Essence Music Festival has something from everyone.  SelectATicket offers individual day tickets, and even three day passes for those that don't want to miss a single second, event, or performer part of the three day extravaganza that is the Essence Music Festival.  Buy Essence Fest tickets from SelectATicket and get the best seats and best prices!

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