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Essence Music Festival Ticket Information

Launched in 1994, the annual Essence Music Festival celebrates all the greatest performers in hip-hop, rap, and R&B over one weekend each summer. Every year the Essence Music Festival lineup brings out the most revered R&B veterans along with the year’s breakout hip-hop stars to perform in “The Big Easy,” and you won’t want to miss the acts booked for this summer. In previous years, festival attendees have seen jaw-dropping performances from greats like Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Prince, Aretha Franklin, and many more. You can shop for Essence Music Festival tickets for any of the upcoming performances by following the detailed instructions outlined below. If you have any questions while you shop for Essence Music Fest tickets, you can get in touch with our support team by clicking the “Help Center” link featured at the top of this page.

  1. Browse the Essence Festival schedule shown above. For each day, you’ll be able to see the headliner for that day’s Essence Festival lineup displayed next to the date and venue. Click the red “Tickets” button next to the concert that you’d like to see live.
  2. On the next page, you can scroll through a list of Essence tickets sorted automatically by price. You can also see an interactive seating chart, when available, to help you choose where to sit and watch the artists on your daily Essence Festival lineup. Choose one listing, making sure the quantity matches your group, by tapping “Buy.”
  3. Finally, choose how you want to pay for and receive your Essence Music Festival tickets by filling in the fields at checkout with your credit card or PayPal information and shipping details. Click “Place Order” after reviewing the order summary. When the seller confirms the transaction, we guarantee you’ll have your Essence Music Festival 2016 tickets in time for the show.


What is the Essence Music Festival?

The Essence Music Festival, also known as “the party with a purpose,” is a multi-day music festival that’s usually held in New Orleans each summer. The first Essence Festival was held in 1994 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the monthly Essence magazine. Today, the festival features R&B and hip-hop stars from many generations.

Where is the Essence Festival 2016?

Since 1994, the Essence Music Festival has been held in New Orleans every year but once.

When is the Essence Festival?

The Essence Festival is usually held over the last weekend in June or first weekend in July. As soon as dates for 2016 are announced, you’ll be able to see the schedule and purchase Essence Music Festival tickets at the top of this page.