Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu on the Initial Essence Festival Lineup

by VVN Music

Get ready for a very female-centric lineup at the 2017 Essence Festival.

Next year's show will be June 30 through July 2 at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (December 16) at 10 AM CT.

Essence president Michelle Ebanks said "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. 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.”

The first list of artists for the 23rd Annual Essence Festival:
  • Diana Ross
  • Mary J Blige
  • Chaka Khan
  • Doug E Fresh
  • Erykah Badu
  • India.Arie
  • Jazmine Sullivan
  • John Legend
  • June’s Diary
  • Lalah Hathaway
  • Lizzo
  • Master P
  • Michel’le
  • Moses Sumney
  • Ro James
  • Shaggy
  • Sir the Baptist
  • Solange
  • Teyana Taylor
  • The Jones Girls Feat. Shirley Jones
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Tweet
  • Yuna



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