After initially stating that it planned to move forward with its scheduled July 1-5 dates in New Orleans, Essence Fest 2020
announced that it be held “closer to the fall” given the heightened concerns around the coronavirus.
“Based on developments over the past couple of weeks, including updates from our city and health partners, we are officially announcing that we will move the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture closer to the fall,” reads a tweet from the event’s account.
and Janet Jackson
are set to headline the festival, though it remains to be seen whether the lineup will stay the same as the dates move around. In addition to Mars and Jackson, the 2020 Essence lineup includes Janelle Monae, Raphael Saadiq, Ari Lennox and Summer Walker.
Read the fest’s full statement and log onto the Essence Fest website