The 2020 staging of the Essence Festival in the United States will see several dancehall artistes taking the stage in front of hundreds of thousands of fans.
Shenseea, Chronixx, Elephant Man and Kranium are all expected to take the main stage during the festival which will be held July 1-5, 2020.
American singers Janet Jackson and Bruno Mars will headline the event. To see the complete lineup and other festival information, visit the event page.
Reggae artistes Maxi Priest and Max Glazier are also slated to perform.
The event, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, will take place at the Superdome in New Orleans and over 500,000 fans are expected to attend the concert series.
Hosted by Emmy Award winning funnywoman Loni Love (of “The Real”), each night of the festival will pay tribute to various musical icons, including a special celebration party on July 4.
The theme of “Own Our Power” will be the major focus of all performances and experiences at this year’s Essence Festival which is billed to be a celebration of black culture.
“This is a milestone year for Essence and our community as we celebrate 50 years of creating opportunities for our culture to shine and the role of Black women in making it possible for us to do what no other brand has done,” Essence communications CEO Michelle Ebanks said.
“To be able to say that at 50 years, we are Black-owned, diversified across media, technology, commerce and live events, and impacting our culture in new and even deeper ways than ever before is a blessing — and one that comes with a tremendous responsibility to our community to continue to evolve, innovate and transform. That remains our focus and commitment as we work to ensure that we are here serving Black women deeply and advancing Black culture, economic ownership and inclusion globally for the next 50 years.”