Essence Music Festival 2014

Prince Announced as Headliner

In the first of what will be many exciting lineup announcements, Prince has been confirmed as the 2014 headliner for Essence Music Festival. The Nola-based festy has been going strong since 1995, when it originated as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ESSENCE magazine. The goal of the event is to celebrate contemporary African American music and culture, which means that artists like Beyonce, Emeli Sande, Rebirth Brass Band and Gary Clark Jr. are commonplace on the annual lineups.

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Essence Music Festival – also lovingly referred to as “the party with a purpose” – falls on 4th of July weekend, the official dates for ’14 taking place from July 3 – July 6. This will be the first time Prince has performed at the shin-dig, and it will be in celebration of his 20th anniversary at the Superdome. Tickets – which range from $130.50 – $1,350 on the primary market – are on sale now.

Essence Music Festival 2014 Tickets

Essence Music Festival Ticket Prices

City State Venue Date Avg. Price
New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/2/2010 $306.47
New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/3/2010 $239.71
New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/4/2010 $154.82
New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/1/2011 $232.24
New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/2/2011 $152.77
New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/3/2011 $145.78
New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/6/2012 $197.37
New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/7/2012 $175.00
New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/8/2012 $128.68

Essence Music Festival 2014 Lineup

Prince

Essence Music Festival 2013 Lineup

Maxwell, Jill Scott, LL Cool J, Brandy, Blackstreet, Anthony David, Les Nubians, Emeli Sande, Maya Azucena, Simphiwe Dana, Mali Music, Shamarr Allen and The Underdawgs, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole, Solange. Faith Evans, Bridget Kelly, Big Daddy Kane, F.Stokes, PJ Morton, Jody Watley, Leela James, Avery*Sunshine, Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe, TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank), Rachelle Ferrell, Mia Borders, Mint Condition, Luke James, Daley, Tamia, Kourtney Heart, Alice Smith.

Essence Music Festival Posters

2012

2012 Essence

2013

2013 Essence

Essence Music Festival 2012 Video

Mary J. Blige – “Just Fine”

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