Essence Music Festival 2013

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THE BASICS

WHERE: New Orleans, LA
WHEN: July 4-7, 2013
TICKETS: $50 1-Day Pass
CAMPING: No
WEBSITE: Official Site

THE SCENE

The Premiere Music & Cultural Festival - Summer New Orleans. The Essence Music Festival is the largest stateside gathering of African-Americans in the United States. It's where we all come together to celebrate entertainment and culture like no other festival in the world. Each year, over 400,000 people joined us in New Orleans, where we've been since 1993.

FEATURED ARTISTS

2013 LINEUP

  • Alice Smith
  • ANTHONY DAVID
  • Avery*Sunshine
  • Beyoncé
  • BIG DADDY KANE
  • Bilal
  • Biz Markie
  • BLACKSTREET
  • Brandy
  • Brass-A-Holics
  • BRIDGET KELLY
  • Carla Ferrell
  • CHARLIE WILSON
  • Chrisette Michele
  • Cupid
  • Daley
  • Deep Cotton
  • Doug E. Fresh
  • Emeli Sandé
  • F. Stokes
  • Faith Evans
  • Gina Brown
  • Greta Prince
  • Janelle Monáe
  • JILL SCOTT
  • JODY WATLEY
  • KEYSHIA COLE
  • KOURTNEY HEART
  • LEELA JAMES
  • LES NUBIANS
  • LL COOL J
  • Luke James
  • Mali Music
  • Marsha Ambrosius
  • MAXWELL
  • Maya Azucena
  • MIA BORDERS
  • Mike Swift
  • MINT CONDITION
  • NEW EDITION
  • PJ Morton
  • Rachelle Ferrell
  • Roman GianArthur
  • Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs
  • Simphiwe Dana
  • Solange
  • St. Beauty
  • Stooges Brass Band
  • Tamia
  • TGT
  • Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles
  • Trey Songz
  • Tweet
  • Water Seed

16 Comments

  • October 21, 2012

    Stephanie Davis

    Would like to know the 2013 line for essence festival. Attended 2012, and it was a blast. We went to the free concert on Sunday extremely awesome gospel line up.

  • December 3, 2012

    younse

    je chonson rap mais les probleme baecoupes

  • January 4, 2013

    kenif40

    I came out last year for the first time and we had a great time. If possible could you have Mint Condition,Alicia Keys and Will Downing on the lineup this year.

  • February 14, 2013

    Linette

    I’ve gone to 16 of the emf. I love it, I wonder why they won’t put Mint Condition on the main stage, the lines are sooooo long tripling around the escalators not a good thing. They even tried giving them several sets, hello that should have been a red flag/flashlight on their fanfare.

  • February 16, 2013

    Tina Williams

    I would love to see more old school artist on the main stage.Patti Labelle, Chilites, Gladys, Manhattans,Midnight Star etc

  • February 24, 2013

    j

    I am in aggrenace with others we need to know in advance who is performing, what night and what stage. This is extremely important on how we plan our trip and based on the way we purchase tickets (i.e. either all three nights or just 2. Please consider this for future events. Also I have read the previous post and I see that others are expecting the same as well.
    Thanks,
    A loyal atteneder

    • February 27, 2013

      Shauna

      Question for the past festival goers,I am only going to attend one night , most likely Saturady. What was the average cost of the ticket. Not purchasing a package.

  • February 27, 2013

    greg rogers

    why Mr A kelley never performs at essence is a puzzle to me as he is one of the best writers and musical genius ever and is never at the show I’ve been attending for at 6 to 7 times but would be estatic if he was performing .

  • March 5, 2013

    greg rogers

    why a kelly never performs at essence it amnazes me

  • March 7, 2013

    trina

    first time going. are you able to purchase single night tickets? if so,when?

    • April 2, 2013

      chokalategurl

      Did you ever find out about how to purchase single tickets?

  • April 9, 2013

    MsEm

    Here’s a link to nightly lineup … Have fun & be safe :)

    http://goo.gl/V94W5

  • April 22, 2013

    reneva

    Does anyone no how to become a seatfiller my first year I had the pleasure of being right up front it was wonderful FYI if you have this info please reply to this message

  • May 26, 2013

    Tracey Cooper

    What happened to Mary J Blauge?

  • June 4, 2013

    Christy

    Does anyone know if they r using openers for this event? Or does anyone know of events that allow or look for openers?

  • We have attended 15 out of the past 19 and would also like to have an old school night ! It would surely be a sellout. You are kind of missing out on a big group of Baby Boomers who love the R & B Greats. We need them on main stage 1 night.

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