Essence Festival 2023 Announces Star-Studded Lineup Featuring Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Wizkid, Monica, and More


Essence Festival of Culture is returning to New Orleans for its 2023 edition, promising five days of unforgettable entertainment and cultural experiences. The festival, which will take place from June 29 to July 3, has announced its initial lineup, and it’s packed with some of the most exciting names in music, comedy, and more.

The festival’s evening concert series, taking place at the iconic Caesars Superdome, will feature a star-studded lineup of performers. Headlining the festival is the legendary Lauryn Hill, who will be performing a set celebrating the 25th anniversary of her landmark album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Fans can expect to hear classic tracks like “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Ex-Factor,” and “Everything Is Everything,” among others.

Joining Hill on the lineup are some of today’s most popular artists, including the fiery Megan Thee Stallion, who will undoubtedly bring her signature brand of energy to the stage. Other performers include DJ Clark Kent, Kid Capri, DJ Spinderella, Wizkid, Monica, Coco Jones, Kizz Daniels, and more. With such a diverse range of talent on display, the festival promises to be a celebration of culture and music in all its forms.

But it’s not just the music that’s getting people excited. The festival will also be hosted by a lineup of talented comedians, including Deon Cole, Affion Crockett & Spice Adams, and Janelle James. And in celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, Doug E Fresh, Jermaine Dupri, and friends will curate a series of celebrations that are sure to get the party started.

In addition to the concerts and comedy shows, Essence Festival of Culture promises to be an immersive cultural experience, with a range of activities and events celebrating the richness and diversity of black culture. Attendees can look forward to everything from panels and discussions with influential thought leaders to art installations, pop-up shops, and more.

Overall, the 2023 Essence Festival of Culture promises to be an unmissable event, bringing together some of the most talented and exciting artists and performers for a celebration of music, culture, and community. With its powerful message of inclusivity and empowerment, it’s no wonder that the festival has become such an important part of the cultural calendar, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world.